Tom's Creek Falls, Asheville

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#5 of 6 in Nature in Asheville
Waterfall · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Toms Creek Falls is a waterfall in the Pisgah National Forest in McDowell County, North Carolina, near the town of Marion.
The 60-foot falls are located on Toms Creek. The creek flows over several cascading upper sections of bedrock into a near-vertical lower cascade, ending in a small scoop in the rocks. A wide, flat pool area is at the base, located in a gully that has large amounts of mica embedded in the rock.
From the junction of US 221 and US 70 in Marion, go north on US 221 for 5.6 miles. Turn left on Huskins Branch Rd. and go 1.2 miles to a small parking area located before the bridge that crosses Toms Creek. From the Parking lot, follow the moderate-difficulty 0.4 mile trail to a short, moderately steep climb and scramble down to the base of the falls. A small creek crossing used to be required, but a bridge has been built over the creek. An old mine is located just downstream of the plunge pool.
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  • This was a quick easy hike of about 0.5 miles each way with a stunning waterfall at the end. You can park right at the trail head. There is limited parking of about 6 spaces.  more »
  • Very nice walk in the woods on a fairly level short trail to a viewing platform . A side trail allowed us to walk down to the falls and do some climbing on the rocks. Extremely limited parking...  more »
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  • This was a nice short walk for my family on an Easter Sunday. The trail is short to the falls and it wasn't crowded at all. I would really like to visit a little earlier in the spring to see more wildflowers blooming, but it was really quite a neat place. The falls are beautiful and easy to photograph thanks to a really nice viewing platform and well-designed trails. There used to be an old mine here so there are some remains of the old mine that are visible. Only gripe is that there is no restroom, but you're not too terribly far from US 221 so that may not be a big deal.
  • Easy fairly level walk to the falls. Observation deck and other easily accessible spots to see and photograph the falls.
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