254 – Falls Creek Falls

Accessibility – Moderate+

Height: Approx 50′

Distance – 2.5 miles (out and back)

Beauty – 7

Photo rating – 8

Solitude – 7

GPS Info: LAT 35.1398 LONG -82.5376

Last updated – 08-06-2018

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Falls Creek Falls is actually two waterfalls, both an upper and lower falls which are accessed from the same trailhead and along the same hike. The difference in the hikes comes as you hear the falls where the trail splits, with a steep path heading up to the upper falls and another steep path descending to the lower falls.

To get to Falls Creek Falls from Brevard take US276 from Brevard heading South to Caesar’s Head State Park. US276 meets SC11 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway) where you make a left. Follow SC11 about 4 miles (passing Wildcat Wayside) and turn left onto River Falls Road. There is a convenience store on the corner where you turn. Coming from Greenville, follow SC11 to River Falls Road and make a right. Continue on River Falls Road for nearly four miles and make a right onto Duckworth Road. Proceed half a mile and make a right on Falls Creek Road. At 0.4 of a mile look for the parking area on the left below a kiosk that is up on the hill.

The moment you start the hike you’re going to be uphill and this is going to be a trend on this hike as the initial section is consistently and steeply uphill. After a nearly 0.4 of a mile uphill climb the trail levels off for the next 0.4 of a mile. There are some cool rock outcroppings in this area. At 0.8 of a mile from the trailhead the trail crosses Falls Creek  Not long after this crossing, the trail splits. A spur trail heads to the left while the main (purple blazed) trail veers right. Stay to the right and prepare to exert yourself. After the split the trail to the falls is going to ascend steeply as it heads for the falls. At the top of the climb the trail will level off briefly and come to a split. The trail to the right climbs the bank to the Upper Falls Creek Falls. It isn’t long but it is steep. Here are some pictures of Upper Falls Creek Falls.

Follow the descending trail over the exposed roots and rocks until coming to the creek below the falls. There is no view of the upper drop from down here but there is a great view of the lower section. The water isn’t deep so you can make your way to most any vantage in front of the falls. On my visit the water was up so the spray prevented any shots from river left. I did the lower falls first and hit the upper on the way out.

Straight on thru the mist – August 2018
In profile from river right – August 2018 

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