Attraction of the Week: Tom’s Creek Falls in the Pisgah National Forest
Tom’s Creek Falls is a spectacular 60 foot, 2 tiered waterfall in the beautiful Pisgah National Forest. North Carolina offers no shortage of stunning waterfalls. The Western North Carolina region alone is home to 100’s of jaw dropping waterfalls, with Translyvania County being home to over 250. Tom’s Creek is accessed via a short trail of just over a mile round-trip. This hike is located just under 40 minutes from Asheville, so easily accessible via a short daytrip. The drive over is quite beautiful with pretty mountain vistas.
While there are so many gorgeous hikes in the area, Tom’s Creek is a bit of a hidden gem. First off, the hike is super short and easily, so extremely rewarding for such minuscule effort. Due to the easy terrain, this hike is great for families and beginning hikers. If you want to keep it even easier, you can simply view the waterfall via the observation deck. Go on just a bit further (which involves a little bit of rock skipping) and you will be treated to a one-of-a-kind front row view of this beauty.
Great views from the observation deck!
And…even better views up close!
As an added bonus, this waterfall tends to see less tourists than the more popular options nearby. So, not only is it easier to take great photos here, the hiking experience is so much more peaceful with barely any crowds in sight. If you love getting lost in nature and enjoying the peaceful serenity of the woods, be sure to put Tom’s Creek high up on your waterfall hikes to-do list.
While the spectacular 60 foot beauty sure is stunning, the peaceful woody views along the way are just as picturesque. If you can time your hike during the peak of fall, the foliage is quite beautiful as well. Unfortunately, 2018’s fall season was pretty dismal. Despite the lack of vibrant colors, fall is the best time to plan your hike due to the perfect weather!
This hike is also doable during the winter season due to the short distance and ease of access (as you do not have to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway which is often closed for the season). The area is also home to an old mica mine. As there is lots of natural mica embedded in the rocks, the rocks glisten in the sun on a sunny day.
Overall, Tom’s Creek is one of the nicer waterfalls near Asheville, and definitely one of the best bang-for-your-buck waterfall hikes in the area. The relatively quick drive, easy nature of the hike, and spectacular scenery easily make this one a great pick for anyone traveling from the Asheville area.
Tom’s Creek trailhead is located at:1250 Huskins Branch Rd, Marion, NC 28752. Parking is free, although the small lot often fills up quickly on weekends. Streetside parking is also available. As mentioned above, the hike is 0.5 miles out-and-back, so plan at least an hour or so for the hike.