From the junction of US 64, US 276, and NC 280 in Brevard, drive north on US 276 for 2.2 miles to FR 477 (Avery Creek Road), on the right. Follow this gravel road for 2.3 miles to a small pullout on the right. Avery Creek Trail begins here. From the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can get here by taking US 276 south for 4.05 miles and turning left on the upper end of FR 477. Follow it 4.95 miles to the trailhead.
You’ll descend moderately on Avery Creek Trail for less than 0.25 mile to a foot log over Avery Creek. Just beyond the crossing is a T junction. Avery Creek Trail goes left, and Clawhammer Gap Trail goes right. Go left. You’ll come to the top of the falls in less than 0.3 mile. An obvious path leads to the base.
Avery Creek Falls is not big, but it’s scenic and easy to reach. It makes a great destination for families with small children, as long as parents watch the little ones on the scramble down to the base. While the waterfall makes a terrific out-and-back hike for those wanting something easy, it’s one of several waterfalls you’ll see on a longer, more challenging hike. See the entries for Twin Falls and Upper Avery Creek Falls for details.