Courthouse Falls in Pisgah National Forest

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Courthouse Falls in Pisgah National Forest Photo by Jeff Moore

Courthouse Falls is a beautiful waterfall located in the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. The waterfall is a popular destination for hiking and photography, and offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the region.

The hike to Courthouse Falls is a moderate 1.5-mile round trip, with an elevation gain of about 300 feet. The trail winds through the forest and crosses several streams before arriving at the base of the waterfall. The hike is relatively easy, but visitors should be prepared for some rocky and steep sections of the trail.

Courthouse Falls drops about 45 feet into a pool below, surrounded by lush green forest. The waterfall is known for its stunning beauty and the unique rock formations that surround it. Visitors can also swim or wade in the pool at the base of the waterfall, although caution is advised due to the strong currents and slippery rocks.

Overall, Courthouse Falls is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to the Pisgah National Forest or western North Carolina. Its stunning natural beauty and accessibility make it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Per U.S. Forest Service: Courthouse Creek Road, FSR 140, is temporarily closed to motor vehicle traffic, non-motorized use is allowed. Visitors should be aware that this closure will add approximately 5 miles roundtrip to the hike to Courthouse Falls. When parking, please remember to not block the gate.

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