The Gorgeous 4.7-Mile Hike In North Carolina’s South Mountains That Will Lead You Past A Waterfall And Boulder-Strewn Creek

Hiking to waterfalls is fun in any season, especially when the trail is as beautiful and versatile as the High Shoals Waterfall and H.Q. Loop Trail at South Mountains State Park near Connelly Springs, North Carolina. If you’re hiking this trail in the winter, you may want to put some spikes on the bottom of your boots to help navigate the many stairs. On this scenic hike, you’ll wind past a mountain creek strewn with moss-covered boulders and to a gigantic waterfall.

Have you hiked the High Shoals Waterfall and H.Q. Loop Trail at South Mountain State Park yet? The state park is open every day of the year, except Christmas. Hours vary by season. You can see the hours on the official website for South Mountains State Park. Admission is free. Learn more about the trail from our friends at

For more must-visit waterfalls in North Carolina, read all about the hikes to Moore Cove Falls and to a hidden waterfall park in the Tar Heel State.

Address: South Mountains State Park, 3001 S Mountain Park, Connelly Springs, NC 28612, USA