Driving Directions: From the junction of N.C. 126 and N.C. 181 in Morganton, drive north on N.C. 181 for 10.6 miles to Brown Mountain Beach Road. Turn right and drive 5 miles to a bridge over Wilson Creek. Turn left beyond the bridge to stay on Brown Mountain Beach Road. The road starts out paved but soon changes to gravel. In 7.3 miles pass the trailhead to Harper Creek Falls. Continue 1.2 miles to the junction of Brown Mountain Beach Road (S.R. 1328) and N.C. 90. Turn left on N.C. 90 and continue a short distance to the Mortimer Recreation Area on the right. Turn right and follow the road to the end.
Hiking Directions: At the end of the road, Thorps Creek Trail begins. Follow the trail to where it comes out at the creek. Rock hop upstream to the base of the falls.