196 – Merge Lane Falls

Accessibility – Hard+

Height: Approx 18′

Distance – 5.5 (shuttle hike)

Beauty – 8

Photo rating – 5

Solitude – 10

GPS Info: LAT 35.0480 LONG -83.0390

Last updated – 06-15-2017

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Hike Directions: You’re going to have to hike the Upper Whitewater River downstream from the upper access off Heady Mountain Road. This is the second waterfall on the lower section of the river, just downstream from Bedrock Betty Falls. The jagged rock on the river left side of the falls lends character to this waterfall, as does the mountain laurel in bloom over the river right side. The large pool in front adds to the appeal. The hike to this point had been pretty benign but that was about to change as we moved further downstream. The nice trails at the upper end yielded to sporadic paths and river walking through the middle sections of the hike.

Standing on a boulder near the base – June 2017
From a downstream vantage that shows the blooms above – June 2017

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