Picklesimer Rock House Falls

A stunning waterfall in Blue Valley with a massive rock "house" you can explore behind the falls.

Hiking Easy

Distance
1.8 km
Ascent
49 m
Descent
49 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
781 m
High Point
822 m
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Picklesimer Rock House Falls Map

Picklesimer Rock House Falls is one of the best-hidden gem waterfalls in Western North Carolina, and a hike everyone in the family will enjoy. It's rather short, following old logging roads into a beautiful grassy meadow painted with spring and summer wildflowers, then meanders on to the waterfall, which can usually be heard before seen.

Description

The falls, described as a "40' free-falling waterfall in front of a deeply recessed rock house," according to this source is a stunning sight and the perfect destination for a hike as the bitter winter cold give way to the warmth of spring and summer. The trail is pet-friendly, sees little use, and the vibrant fall colors are also spectacular.

The hike originates from an obscure point on Blue Valley Road, just past the campground. Look for a small pull-off on the left side of the road, and an old road leading up and to the right. Neither water nor restrooms are available, and the road is unpaved for the last few miles of the drive there. Any 2wd vehicle with moderate clearance will be fine, though.

The closest town to the falls is Highlands, North Carolina, about 30-minutes away. Should you have the time, consider visiting Dry Falls just on the other side of town, or explore this guidebook highlighting 5 of the best waterfalls along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

Guidebooks in this area