066 – Little Bird Falls

Accessibility – Easy+

Height: Approx 30′-35′

Distance – 0.5 (out and back)

Beauty – 8

Photo rating – 7

Solitude – 9

GPS Info: LAT 35.3496 LONG -82.9131

Last updated – 10-26-2016

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Little Bird Falls is currently the furthest North I’ve explored along NC 215 so for now this is the last waterfall along this stretch of highway. Like Wildcat Falls and Upper Bubbling Springs Branch, Little Bird Falls ranks in my top 10, giving this 5.7 mile stretch 3 of my top 10. If you want to see the rest, you can check out my Top 10. The waterfall is tucked in a narrow valley that extends barely 0.25 of mile from NC 215. From the trail at the base of the falls you can see the highway through the trees. Even so this doesn’t take away from the tranquil setting. The total drop is around 30-35 feet as Green Creek tumbles through a series of small drops and over moss-covered rocks.

To get to Little Bird Falls, follow NC 215 North 5.7 miles north of the intersection with the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a small parking area on the left side of the road just past the end of the guardrail that can hold one car, maybe two. There are spots further up and down NC 215 but turning around is always the problem. To get to the falls walk along NC 215 until you come to the guardrail right before Green Creek passes under NC 215. There is a scramble path leading up. It is steep but mercifully short. Once at the top the path to the falls is along an old logging grade. The path is overgrown and there are several fallen trees to contend with but for the most part this one is a piece of cake. You’ll see the waterfall as you come around a small bend in the trail. The trail ends at the falls. On a nearby tree a small wooden sign displays ‘Little Bird Falls’.

When you’re at the falls you won’t realize how close to the road you are. The setting makes it feel so remote. Despite the proximity to the road, you will likely have this one to yourself. The hike is kid friendly but the initial scramble up may require some extra time. The area around the waterfall is littered with moss-covered rocks so use caution when walking. There are so many places to get a good shot that it’s really going to depend on your eye to figure out what works best. On my last visit I took shots from every conceivable angle and location. The location provides even lighting and without direct sunlight the setting has a dark feel to it.

Little Bird Falls – October 2015
Little Bird Falls – Portrait View – October 2015
Fallen Leaves on Little Bird Falls – October 2015
The Upper section of Little Bird Falls – October 2015