297 – Waterfall on Pearson Falls Road

Accessibility – Easy

Height – 25′

Distance – Roadside

Beauty – 4

Photo rating – 3

Solitude – 3

GPS Info: LAT 35.01613 LONG -83.12655

Last Updated – 09-01-2018

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The Waterfall on Pearson’s Falls Road is a 25 foot high waterfall on the side of the road leading to Pearson’s Falls. While I wouldn’t make a special trip to see this waterfall, if you are heading to Pearson’s Falls, you can include it on the drive. The waterfall is on the side and the only legal way to view it is from the road. The property is heavily signed.

To get to Pearson’s Falls, from I-26 take exit 59 Saluda/Tryon. If you’re coming from SC, make a left at the base of the ramp following Ozone Drive west towards Saluda. If you are coming from Hendersonville make a right onto Ozone Drive. Follow Ozone Drive until it ends at US176 (about a mile). Make a right and follow US176 for 0.25 of a mile and make a left onto Pearson’s Falls  Road. The waterfall will be on your right around a mile from the turn. There is nowhere to pull over but the road doesn’t see a ton of traffic so you can have a look or take a few pics as long as you’re quick about it.

The waterfall traces it’s way down a section of exposed rock starting just below the railroad track bed and flows into a creek that follows Pearson’s Falls Road down the hill. In the right light and with enough water, it probably looks decent but on my visit the sun was hitting the lower portion of the falls and the water was kinda low, making for a meh experience.

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