This little gem is tucked away just south of the intersection of NC 215 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It had been several years since I first hiked to Dill Falls, so I was excited to see it again. Driving to this waterfall is tedious at best. As is always the case, leaving early in the morning during the week is the best time to take in any waterfall in the area. This is especially true in the summer months when there are tourists everywhere. This jewel is perfect for a hot summer day with thousands of people visiting other waterfalls!
Initially I missed the turn to FR (Forest Road) 4663, from NC 215, but once on it we continued until we came to FR 4663B, which is where the trail head for Dill & Upper Dill Falls begins. As we drove along both Forest Roads, we came upon a logging operation in progress. We did make it to Dill Falls trail head but when leaving we had to clear the road of limbs and dodge an 18-wheeler that I was certain was going to run us off the road! Be that as it may, as of July 25th, 2019 there’s some logging going on up near FR 4663 and FR 4663B. Act accordingly.
The hike to Dill Falls descends about a half mile to the base of this stunning cascade. I didn’t remember being there previously until I actually got to the base of the falls. That’s when I recognized the waterfall. Even there in the depths of the Pisgah National Forest, we heard nothing except the birds singing and the water flowing over the rock. We never really did hear the logging operation until we drove past them leaving the area. Photographers, in my humble opinion, see the world very differently than the rest of the world. We see the world through the lens of our craft, at times feeling the mist from a waterfall and capturing smaller creatures we tend to miss with our naked eye.
This hike would be a definite yes for pets of any kind. The path down and back isn’t too difficult or steep, which is why you could bring your pet with you. For those of you who prefer primitive camping, there’s also a firepit at the base of Dill Falls. What a wonderful getaway! Tote your gear a half mile down hill and you’re all set!
I highly recommend this waterfall, even though it’s a bit remote. I would combine Dill Falls with Upper Dill Falls and Herrin Knob Falls too. They’re all out in the same general area; namely FR 4663/FR4663B.