Accessibility – Easy/Moderate
Distance – Approx 0.6 mile each way
Beauty – 7
Photo rating – 7
Solitude – 8
GPS Info: LAT 35.1629 LONG -82.7325
Last updated: 2/19/2016
Technically all of the waterfalls on Batson Creek reside on private property. This trail is ONLY accessible to residents and guests of the Connestee Falls subdivision. Since this is private property, you will likely have this waterfall and those further downstream to yourself. We had rented a house in the neighborhood and got to enjoy the falls. Access to all of the falls on Batson Creek is from the yellow blazed Ogana Trail. Other than Connestee Falls, the other waterfalls pale in comparison to the hike. You wouldn’t do the middle falls without doing the upper falls but in case you do, I’ll start at the parking area.
The trailhead is a short distance from the parking area for Lake Ticoa, and requires crossing Connestee Trail, the main road into the subdivision. After you park by the lake, walk back to the hill and look down. You will see the opening in the woods. You can walk down the road to the parking area or the grass hill. If you opt to walk down the grassy hill, keep in mind it is very steep. The moderately difficult hike to this first waterfall is through about as pretty a section of forest as you could ask for. The trail is well marked and well maintained. The hike is kid friendly but it does get steep in places and there are a few precipitous drops off the side of the trail.
Once you reach the Upper Falls on Batson Creek, you only have half a mile to go. This is second waterfall on the Ogana trail and easy to find since it on right on the trail. The collection pool is next to the trail and the falls are tucked back in the corner of a small clearing. This isn’t a hard one to photograph. The thick canopy blocks direct sunlight and the area in front of the falls is open.