Pearson’s Falls

Height: 50 feet
Trail Type: Dirt and stone
Hike Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
Difficulty: 2
Beauty: 9

Overview:

The Pearson’s Falls and Glen is a wonderful little area that will likely be packed with people on a warm day, especially during wildflower season. There is a $5 admission into the park. Pearson’s Falls is both a standard North Carolina waterfall and magnificently beautiful at the same time. The falls tumble over innumerable tiny rock ledges into a shallow creek, much like the majority of the falls in North Carolina, but Pearson’s Falls is just inexplicably better than the others.

Directions:

From Exit 161 off of US 74 in Columbus, turn right onto NC highway 108 west and follow it to its end at US 176. Turn right onto US 176 and drive 4.7 miles and bear left onto Pearson’s Falls Road. This will be the first left turn after the pullout for Melrose Falls. The gate for Pearson’s Falls will be about a mile down the road on the left.

Hike Description:

The hike to Pearson’s Falls follows Colt Creek along a very well maintained stone path. There are several benches and a few educational markers along the way. The end of the trail is chained off, preventing you from getting up close to the falls, but there are several viewing spots at the base that give you an excellent view.