Falls on Tributary of Big Bearpen Branch may be the longest name of any waterfall around but, the fact of the matter is that the stream is unnamed. So we either call it this long name or it would have to go unnamed.
Situated on the back side of Looking Glass Rock, the streams here are draining the ridges leading up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Even so, they are easily accessible. To get to these falls, take US 276 into Pisgah National Forest from the intersection of US 276 and US 64 in Brevard, NC. After 5.2 miles, you’ll see the road for the fish hatchery on your left. Continue on US 276, passing Looking Glass Falls, for another 4.9 miles where you will see FS 475B coming in your left. Turn left and go 1.5 miles to FS 5043. There is a small pull-off on the right at the gate.
Hike around the gate and onto the FS road. It is a mile to the waterfall and your first landmark will be an open area shortly after starting the hike. Your second landmark will the bridge over Log Hollow Branch with Log Hollow Branch Falls on your right.
Continue to follow the road for another half mile. You’ll hear the waterfall well before you get to it. It is trailside with no access trails on either side.
The problem here is explaining or showing how nice this waterfall it. It is so tall, any photo showing the entire rock face loses some of the effect. And foliage, if present, almost make clear shots difficult. The best way to appreciate this waterfall is in person.
A number of guides and blogs have noted this waterfall and the fact that they didn’t know it was there. So having something this nice unexpectedly show up right beside the trail was a special treat for those writers. It’ll be a special treat for you, too, just you’ll know to expect it.