197 – 55 M.P.H. Falls

Accessibility – Hard+

Height: Approx 30′ (multiple drops)

Distance – 5.5 (shuttle hike)

Beauty – 6

Photo rating – 5

Solitude – 10

GPS Info: LAT 35.0440 LONG -83.0381

Last updated – 06-02-2019


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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 third waterfall downstream in the lower section sitting between Merge Lane Falls and Big Ledge Falls. Getting to the middle section required a dangerous walk down sloping moss covered rock in about an inch of rushing water. It was even more fun coming back up! If you fall into the creek you will plunge over a 15 foot drop at the end, landing on a collection of tree trunks and boulders. On a more recent visit lower water levels provided an opportunity to reach the lower section bt entering the woods on river right and following a fairly obvious path to the bottom.

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The final drop at 55 MPH Falls – June 2019
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Churning water above and a 15 foot drop below – June 2017
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Everette (upper right) give some perspective on this waterfall – June 2017

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