007 – Connestee Falls

Accessibility – Easy/Moderate

Height – 85′

Distance – Approx 1.4 mile each way

Beauty – 9

Photo rating – 9 (2 from above)

Solitude – 8

GPS Info: LAT 35.1641 LONG -82.7308

Last updated: 2/20/2016

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If you’re hiking down the Ogana Trail, Connestee Falls is the reason. The other waterfalls on the creek are the opening acts. They are nice but they don’t compare. If you have a chance to stay in Connestee Falls, do not miss the opportunity to see this waterfall. It is one of the prettiest in the area and the hike to the observation platform is pretty amazing as well. The falls is roughly 85 feet high and the viewing platform gives an great view from directly in front of the falls.

Like all of the waterfalls on the Ogana Trail, Connestee Falls is on property owned by the Connestee Falls subdivision. This amazing trail is ONLY accessible to residents and guests. Since this is private property, you will have the trail and waterfalls to yourself. We rented a house in the neighborhood and got to enjoy this trail and all of the falls. Access to all of the falls on this hike is via the yellow blazed Ogana Trail. Taken as a while, the hike, the smaller falls along the way and Connestee Falls is one of the prettiest hikes around.

The trailhead is a short distance from the parking area for Lake Ticoa, and requires crossing Connestee Trail, the main road through the subdivision. After you park by the lake, walk back to the hill and look down. You will see the opening in the woods across the road. You can walk down the parking lot access road or take the grass hill. If you opt to walk down the grassy hill, keep in mind it is very steep. The moderately difficult hike to Connesstee Falls meanders 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.

In the 60’s the song said, ‘they put up a fence to keep me out or keep Mother Nature in’. That song applies to Connestee Falls. To those with access, the falls are best viewed from the observation deck about a quarter of a mile from where the yellow blazed Ogana Trail intersects the Carson Creek Trail. Connestee Falls is around 0.75 of a mile downstream from the Middle Batson Creek Falls. Middle Falls is 0.5 of a mile below Upper Batson Creek Falls. The stairs down to the deck are a quarter of a mile after the split with the Carson Creek Trail.

Don’t expect to find anyone down on the observation deck. However you will see other people. If you look up, you can see the public observation platform above the falls. Unlike the deck below the falls, this one is situated where it doesn’t give you much of a view of Connestee Falls but it does allow people on the bridge to see you on the deck. This upper platform does provide a decent view of Batson Creek Falls on the left. The hike to the base provides the only good view. The best photo-op is from the observation deck. It’s even better if you can crop out the observation deck at the top of the falls where those less fortunate are trying to see the waterfall. (See the picture below). On your way into Brevard, be sure and stop at the observation deck for Batson Creek Falls on highway 276 since there is no good vantage from below.

Connestee Falls - October 2012
Connestee Falls – October 2012

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