Last Updated on April 13, 2021
Last Updated on April 13, 2021
If you plan to visit Western NC, please check beforehand to see if the area is safe following the recent flooding. Officials have closed some sections of Pisgah National Forest (including Forest Heritage Scenic Byway and Blue Ridge Parkway stops) to keep visitors out of danger. Please respect signage and local guidance.
Grassy Creek Falls in Little Switzerland is an incredible 25-foot multi-level cascade waterfall that sits on private property but remains open to the public. It’s a short walk from the parking lot and even your room at Switzerland Inn if you’re fortunate enough to be staying there.
And while this hike near Spruce Pine is not as well-known as some of the other waterfalls in Western North Carolina, a visit to Grassy Creek Falls will demonstrate that it’s worth the walk and absolutely deserving of your morning or afternoon.
This post is a part of our series on waterfalls in North Carolina.
Is Grassy Creek Falls still open?
We’ve paused promoting Grassy Creek Falls on social media because of initial reports that it was closed by the property owners. However, we have left it up on our site because we’re still hearing from people (including a local business that I personally called, but asked to not be named) that it’s okay to go down to the falls.
However, if you personally travel there and hear something different, please let us know.
Grassy Creek Falls
Clarification Note: This Grassy Creek Falls is not to be confused with the one near Wintergreen Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest. We plan to cover that one in the near future.
Facts About this Grassy Creek Falls
As we mentioned earlier, Grassy Creek Falls is a two-tiered waterfall that’s 25 feet high, from top to bottom. Although it’s not as tall as some of the bigger waterfalls in North Carolina, seeing it up close proved to us that this place belongs on our NC Bucket List.
And while it technically does sit on private property, Grassy Creek Falls is thankfully open to the public. When you visit, please remember to leave no trace while hiking and also be respectful of the homes that you will pass on your hike to the waterfall. That way it will stay open for us all to enjoy.
Then, take another immediate right and find a spot to park along Grassy Creek Falls Road. Most importantly, adhere to the sign that instructs you to not park beyond the sign.
One important thing to remember is that the parking area can fill up quickly. That’s why you should try to arrive at Grassy Creek Falls as early as possible so you can enjoy it in relative peace.
The hike is an easy two-miles round trip with a gradually declined slope. Sometimes that hike back out from a waterfall can be grueling! But Grassy Creek Falls is really quite easy to get to and to hike back out of!
Follow an unpaved road for approximately 2/3 of a mile until you see a sign that instructs you to turn right. Five minutes later you should hear and see the waterfalls on your right. To get a closer look and to get to the base of the waterfall there are steep and narrow paths.
We decided to take turns to go to the base of the waterfalls because these paths were too steep for us to safely carry our toddler up and down, so if you are traveling with young children keep that in mind!
Things to Do in Little Switzerland Nearby
The little community of Little Switzerland really is adorable and packed with fun things to do. Before going on your hike, stop in the book store for a coffee and to browse the titles. And after visiting Grassy Creek Falls, make sure you swing back by for lunch at Little Switzerland Café!
That place offers amazing food and even made our guide to North Carolina barbecue. Stop by and prepare for a wonderful meal!
More Fun Within a Drive
If you’re looking to get out and see more of the mountains, Little Switzerland is in a great spot. The mountain towns of Spruce Pine, Marion, and Old Fort are all close by.
If you’re on the hunt for more waterfalls, Crabtree Falls is 10 minutes away and Tom’s Creek Falls is just 20 minutes from Little Switzerland. Those hikes are longer and more strenuous, so plan accordingly!
Linville Falls is also nearby, within a 30 minutes drive. And one more we need to mention is Catawba Falls in Old Fort. It’s about 45 minutes away from Little Switzerland and absolutely worth the drive if you’re craving waterfalls.
There are many more fun things to do in and around Little Switzerland that you’ll just have to come and check it out for yourself.
Our Thoughts and Yours, Too!
We’re so grateful to be able to visit Grassy Creek Falls and look forward to spending more time here as we keep exploring Little Switzerland and its surroundings in Western North Carolina. We also can’t wait to hear stories from folks like you about your experiences, either here or on social media when we mention it.
Have you ever seen this gorgeous waterfall in person? What did you think of it? And if you haven’t been, I hope our post inspires you to head out there as soon as you can.