Bard Falls

This waterfall is a narrow tumble and cascade into a deep trough, that opens up and spills out into a deep pool – a fantastic swimming hole (if the water isn’t super high). The waterfall isn’t particularly high, but it’s pretty anyway, more so by its location in such a neat wilderness-like setting. There are some cool rock formations around the falls: an overhanging bluff on the right, and a couple of potholes on the left (looking up). One of the potholes has tunneled all the way down through the rock to the base of the falls, giving the falls its alternate, old name of “Hole in the Wall”. There are nice areas across the pool for hanging out and enjoying the view.

Driving Directions

From the Wilson Creek Visitor Center at 7805 Brown Mountain Beach Rd., go 3.1 miles North to NC. route 90 (one of NC’s last unpaved state roads) and turn left. Go 1.8 miles and turn left on F.R. 464 (Pineola Rd.). Go about 3.6 miles uphill and the trailhead for trail #266A is on the left. Park here.

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