Accessibility – Roadside or short hike
Height – Approx 20′
Distance – 0.10 miles (out and back)
Beauty – 5
Photo rating – 6
Solitude – 3
GPS Info: LAT 35.2717 LONG -82.8957
Last Updated: 09-07-2017
The upper waterfall on Hungry River is a sloping cascade with a deep pool below and the remains of an old dam above. The old dam definitely adds to the setting. The waterfall is visible roadside from a bridge over the Hungry River on the way to Emily Falls.
To see this waterfall, 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 bridge over Hungry River is around 1.3 miles from the turn onto Big Hungry Road. The dam and cascade are upstream of the bridge and easily seen from the bridge. If you want a closer look you can take the path at the end of the bridge on river right and follow it to the open rock area that will take you closer. While not a giant waterfall, there is enough going on that this is a nice roadside stop.
Upper Waterfall on Hungry River and the old dam – September 2017