Twin Falls & Avery Creek (4-25-15)
First off I'm going to say that calling this waterfall "Twin" Falls is a bit of a misnomer. A better name might be "Similar Falls" or "Adjacent Falls" or something else along those lines. Regardless, it's a unique and beautiful place. I had visited once before many, many years ago and always intended on returning but never had until this hike. Though my mileage below states otherwise (I made a wrong turn, or rather missed a turn, and extended the hike a bit for myself) this 4.5 mile out-and-back hike is a beautiful and fairly easy hike as far as hikes go in the mountains. I found out spring was also a good choice of timing as the wildflower variety along the route was amazing!
The route I followed to the falls left FR-477 above the Pisgah Forest Riding Stables. I followed the Avery Creek Trail. I followed it a bit too far, however, and eventually found myself backtracking to the Buckhorn Gap Trail which would take me the rest of the way to the spur trail to the falls. The spring greens were vibrant, the wildflowers plentiful, and the path was never far from some type of tumbling water. In all it was a wonderful, if slightly longer than intended, hike that I would highly recommend to anyone. Come along and see what I discovered...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.315132, -82.749265
Hike Length: ~6.5 miles Hike Duration: 2:15
Trailhead Temp: 70'F Trail Traffic: 1-5 people
Min. Elevation: 2,500' Max. Elevation: 3,050'
Total Vertical Gain: 1,000' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 154'
Trails Used (Blaze Color):
Avery Creek (blue), Buckhorn Gap (orange)