Waterfalls in Watauga County, NC
Hebron Colony Falls, Trashcan Falls
Watauga County is located 85 miles northeast of Asheville on Hwy 221. The county seat is Boone, NC. While Boone and Watauga County are better known for skiing and snowboarding, there are also several beautiful waterfalls in the area. For our guide we have chosen to feature two falls, Hebron Colony Falls, and Trashcan Falls, both of which are fairly accessible and offer great swimming opportunities.
For more on Watauga County visit Wikipedia’s Watauga County Article.
Hebron Colony Falls
Directions: To access Hebron Rock Falls Rock Colony please do so via The Boone Fork Trail which is located at the Julian Price Park Picnic Area, Mile Post 296.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. NOTE: If you are parked along any section of Old Turnpike Road or Shulls Mill Road, you may be subject to tow or fine or both. If your vehicle is towed, call *HP (*47).
Trail Length: 1.5 miles
Trail Difficulty: Difficult
Directions: Trashcan Falls is located near the Sugar Grove area and is a longtime favorite hangout of Appalachian State University students. From downtown Boone, take U.S. 421 west until you reach the intersection with U.S. 321. Make a left and drive approximately 10 miles. You will pass over a concrete bridge, after which you will notice a nice dirt parking area off the road to your right. Cross the street and look for a well-worn, narrow path. This path will lead you straight to the falls.
Trail Length: Very short
Trail Difficulty: Easy