893 – Mile High Falls

Accessibility – Hard+

Height – 80′ (over numerous drops and chutes)

Distance – 5.0 (out and back)

Beauty – 2

Photo rating – 1

Solitude – 10

GPS Info: LAT 35.46845 LONG -83.11879

Last Updated – 01-10-2023

Last Visited – 04-23-2022

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Mile High Falls isn’t a destination, it’s something you walk past on your way to something else, which in this case is Campbell Creek Falls. It’s the first waterfall you come to on East Fork Campbell Creek on the way down.

I can provide a starting point and the locations of the five waterfalls on this hike, but otherside I can’t really give any other details. The hike started here on the Blue Ridge Parkway: 35.46196, -83.1247. It left the parkway a tenth of a mile later. There is no reference point. From the parkway, the goal is to reach the trail that connects Mt Lyn Lowry and Waterrock Knob. You will cross the MST on the way, so the first trail you reach is not the one you want. Before you get too far into this, you need to be going UP at this point. It’s about half a mile to reach the trail. Make a right. In about a tenth of a mile, the adventure begins. We just found the place that looked the least steep and overgrown. In time we reached East Fork Campbell Creek and followed that to the various waterfalls. That’s really all I have on this one becasue, on my visit, we managed to thread the needle between the cliffs around Campbell Creek Falls. There is no way I can tell you the exact route, and a few feet in either direction and it’s cliff city.

My advice would be to find someone who has been there and go with them. There is just so much that can go wrong on this hike, and this is a long way from cell service.

One lousy cell phone shot of one piece of Mile High Falls.