This 2-mile out-and-back hike to Long Creek Falls is one of my favorite short Blue Ridge hikes. It follows the Appalachian Trail thru the Three Forks wilderness, complete with hemlock, rhododendron, and towering tulip poplar.
You’ll follow Long Creek as you head to the falls, though not always visible you can sometimes hear the rumble of the water. Once you reach the waterfall, you’ll notice that it is actually two falls in one. There is a short scramble path on the left that will give you a better view of the upper section - just be careful as you climb.
With plenty of fallen trees and large boulders, find a resting spot and enjoy the serenity before following the same path back to the parking area.