234 – Emily Falls

Accessibility – Easy

Height – Approx 12′

Distance – 0.80 miles (out and back)

Beauty – 5

Photo rating – 8

Solitude – 7

GPS Info: LAT 35.2857 LONG -82.3200

Last Updated: 09-07-2017

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Standing on 12 feet high, Emily Falls may seem like it isn’t worth the effort but the hike is good for the whole family. The round trip on the hike is about 0.6 of a mile over easy to follow terrain. The initial sections are through wildlife clearings, which means this area is used for hunting. I don’t know what the prey is but I’m guessing deer. Before hiking this one, you would want to see if it is hunting season. After wildlife clearings two logging roads finish the way.

Regardless of your direction of travel on I-26, take exit 53, Upward Road East away from Hendersonville. You’re going to be on Upward Road for 1.5+ miles before reaching Big Hungry Road where you make a right. At the first fork stay to the left. A third of a mile later at the second fork, stay right. The parking area is 4.25 miles from the second fork. The road is gravel and there is a parking area on the left after you turn.

The trail to Emily Falls is across the street at the gated wildlife clearing. There was a hint of a path through the field but it didn’t much matter. Just keep heading into the field. A tree line divides the front and back fields. After passing through the back clearing, a dirt road leads into the woods, as it ascends. Before long the creek will be on your left and as the road descends you will hear the falls. A short path leads down to a sandy area at the base of the falls. .

Emily Falls – September 2017
A creek-level view – September 2017