Turtleback Falls - Backpack, Hike, and Swim near Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
976 Grassy Ridge Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747, USA,Lake Toxaway,North Carolina
35.0925009, -82.9661154
Address: 976 Grassy Ridge Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747, USA
GPS: 35°5'33.0"N 82°57'58.0"W
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State: North Carolina
Trail Length: 3.90 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Intermediate
Elevation Gain: 770 feet
Trails/Routes: 1.4 mi

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Backpack, Hike, and Swim

Turtleback Falls was named for its domed shape, similar to the back of a turtle. It's also called "umbrella falls" for the same reason. Visitors slide down Turtleback as the river flows over the slab of rock and drop into an open pool basin, also known as the Chug Hole. This great swimming hole is a quarter mile upstream from the 150' Rainbow Falls. 

Located near Brevard on the Horsepasture River in the Pisgah National Forest, Turtleback Falls is an open slip-in-slide waterfall for the summer months. Visitors go down Turtleback falls and drop roughly 10 feet into an open pool basin.

Although Turtleback is a great swimming spot, it can also be dangerous. The water currents can be very strong and visitors have either drowned or have been swept downriver and over 125' rainbow river. If you want to slide, it's best to wait until the water currents aren't strong so it's safer to swim. If you want to find a calmer swimming hole, then go 1/3 of a mile down the river at Hidden Falls

Turtleback falls is mostly a calm place to slip and swim and a great summer activity!

 

 

2.0K Written by camilledupar
1.0K Edited by kwhitfield

Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Directions

From Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

  1. Head southeast on NC-281 S toward Toxaway Point (0.5 mi)
  2. Turn right onto US-64 W (2.7 mi)
  3. Turn left onto NC-281 S (1.6 mi)
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1. Go onto highway 281 South near Sapphire NC. From Brevard, NC-take 64 South, turn left onto 281 South.

2.  Gorges State Park will be on your left.

3. Follow the road to the Grassy Ridge back parking lot.

 

 

 

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Guest Review/Comments

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kwhitfield

5/7/20 12:04 pm
I went there with some scouts along time ago and it was super fun! There are some places around the area that you can hike and camp out at. And the turtle back water fall is a fun place to visit and swim!
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Turtleback Falls Area Gorges SP NC 220 courtesy of bobistraveling Turtleback Falls Area Gorges SP NC 220 courtesy of bobistraveling↗
sliding down Turtleback Falls, Dupont National For by TheGuitarSkater Turtleback trail courtesy of Chad Chandler Turtleback trail courtesy of Chad Chandler ↗
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Trails

Distance ?

1.4 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-151 feet

Real Ascent ?

571 feet

Real Descent ?

722 feet

Avg Grade (-1°)

-2%

Grade (-34° to 61°)

-67% to 184%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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