Crab Orchard Falls

146 Skiles Way, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Crab Orchard Falls is located on the property of the Valle Crucis Conference Center. Enjoy a 1.3-mile “lollipop” loop trail to these beautiful cascading falls, surrounded by large boulders. To best enjoy the loop trail, go right at the trailhead to trek through the trees and cross creeks, gradually climbing towards the falls. The trail merges and descends, with stone steps leading down to the base of Crab Orchard Falls. On the return journey, stick to the right at the fork to complete the loop down a steep hill. 

Two parking areas provide access to the loop trail. The closest access to the trails is located behind the conference center; take a left at the fork on Skiles Way and follow signs that indicate “Waterfall Parking.” Additional parking can be found on NC Hwy 194 in front of the conference center. Follow the road behind the Inn to Johnson Hall to find the trailhead.

Enjoy the sharing of this beautiful, private property.