012 – Slickrock Falls

Accessibility – Easy

Height: Approx 30′

Distance – 0.1 (out and back)

Beauty – 7

Photo rating – 6

Solitude – 5

GPS Info: LAT 35.2931 LONG -82.7972

Last updated – 03-19-2017

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Slickrock Falls is a low flow waterfall along 475B near the intersection with 475. There is a small parking area long the side of 475B near the trail to the falls. A carsonite sign marks the way and after climbing the rock steps there is an information board. The waterfall is easily access, although getting a good shot does require some scrambling and rock hoping. The waterfall inherits its name from the slick rocks both above and below the waterfall. If you intend venture in front of the falls and onto the rocks ot get a shot, keep this in mind. The falls tops out at around 30 feet in height and isn’t very impressive if it hasn’t rained in a while. Slick Rock Falls is a low flow waterfall along 475B about a mile from the intersection with 475. There is also a lower waterfall about a tenth of a mile downstream, Lower Slick Rock Falls

From the intersection of US64/US276/NC280 in Brevard, follow US276 North 5.3 miles to the split with 475. Make a left on 475 and follow it past the fish hatchery. About a tenth of a mile past the hatchery, bear right onto the gravel FR475B. This is a narrow winding gravel road so use caution It is also closed in the winter. Follow it for 1.1 miles to a pull off on the right. If coming from the Blue Ridge Parkway turn right onto 475B and follow it 5.5 miles to the pull off on the left. This is the parking area for Slick Rock Falls. There is also parking on the other side of the road above the campsites. You can park in either place.

The hike is kid friendly but everyone needs to use caution if venturing out onto the rocks for a better look. You can get a good shot form in front of the falls or from the side, depending on if you want to get your feet wet fr not. You’ll want to visit after a good rain. Above average water flow helps since this one will dry up to a trickle. You’re going to need a cloudy day or an arrival after the sun has dropped behind the hills. This isn’t a difficult trek. There is also a cave near the base of the falls.

Slickrock Falls – March 2016
Sideview of Slickrock Falls after a rainstorm – July 2015
Slickrock Falls – October 2013
Slickrock Falls front view after a good rain – July 2015