849 – Upper Basin Creek Falls

Accessibility – Moderate+

Height – 20′

Distance – 9.0 miles (out and back)

Beauty – 4

Photo rating – 5

Solitude – 5

GPS Info: LAT 36.42021 LONG -81.16531

Last Updated – 01-18-2023

Last Visited – 08-15-2021


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Upper Basin Creek Falls is 4.5 miles from the Basic Creek Trail TH on Long Bottom Road. It is the uppermost waterfall on this hike, but it isn’t the final atttraction. Around 0.6 of a mile upstream is Caudill Cabin, the lone remaining structure from the town of Basic Cove that was all but washed off the map by a flood in 1916. The remains of the town dot the trial in the form of chimneys, some upright and some having drumbled. If you would like more history on Basin Cove and Caudill Cabin, you can follow the link below. It’s a fascinating hisotry of this section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

https://docsouth.unc.edu/blueridgeparkway/overlooks/caudill_cabin.

The trailhead for this hike is on Long Bottom Road, at these coordinates: 36.37505, -81.14448. There is a parking lot on the south side of the road.

The hike starts on the other side of Long bottom Road. Not even a 0.1 of a mile into the hike, you will come to your first landmark, the remains of an old dam, which I included as a waterfall, Old Dam Falls. The Basin Creek Trail continues to ascend, and at 1.8 miles it intersects with the Grassy Gap Fire Road and the Bluff Ridge Primitve Trail. These trials all come together at the Basin Cove Campground. Very soon the creek crossings will start. I believe if you count all the trib crossings it comes to 18 or 19.

The first chiney is 0.7 past the campground, and there is another one 1.6 past the camp gorund. There are two more chimneys of the remains of at 2.0 and 2.4 miles from the campground. When you get to the last one, you are 4.2 miles into the hike. Lower Basin Creek Falls is 4.4 miles into the hike. You can see it from the trail, but the view from creek level is pretty cool also. Upper basic Creek Falls is only 0.1 further. This one is not easy to see at creek level, and getting to the srop in the picture requires climbing the lower section of the falls. I couldn’t find another way. This is a view from slightly higher up. Since you’ve come this far, I recommend hiking the 0.7 further to see Caudill Cabin. It rounds out the trip and gives you a little bit of everything on this hike.