From the junction of US 64, US 276, and NC 280 in Brevard, drive north on US 276 for 5.25 miles, turn left on FR 475, and go 1.5 miles. You’ll pass the entrance to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery. Turn right on the unpaved FR 475B (Headwaters Road). In 1.1 miles, you’ll come to a sharp left-hand curve with a small pullout on the outside. Park here.
FR 475B continues 5.4 miles from the falls to US 276, passing the trailhead for Discovery Falls, Log Hollow Falls, and several others.
Climb the steps up the bank and walk past the information kiosk. In 55 yards, the trail forks. The right fork leads to the falls. A shorter but steeper path leads directly upstream to the falls from the road. In winter, you can see the falls fairly well from the road.
Slick Rock Falls has many personalities. In winter, it is a frozen spectacle with icicles hanging from the bluff and a volcano of ice forming at the base. In spring, wildflowers grow in profusion in the woods around the falls. During times of low flow and drab foliage in summer, you might question the beauty rating and even why the waterfall receives a full listing in this book. The creek often dries to a trickle in autumn also, but the colorful foliage compensates for that.
The waterfall is well named, as you’ll discover if you scramble on the wet rocks at the base. In The Land of Waterfalls, Jim Bob Tinsley writes of an old cattle trail that crossed Slick Rock Creek above the falls. Occasionally, a stray animal would go over the falls when the herds made the crossing.
If you’re careful, you can cross the falls at the base or even walk behind the falls, as long as you don’t mind getting wet. The scenic character is marred by illegal camping in the grotto and graffiti on the rocks.