307 – Graveley Falls

Accessibility – Moderate

Height – 20′

Distance – 0.8 Miles (Out and Back)

Beauty – 5

Photo rating – 6

Solitude – 5

GPS Info: LAT 35.08910 LONG -82.75660

Last Updated – 09-09-2018


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Graveley Falls, Like Reece Place and East Fork Falls is part of Headwaters State Forest. The trailhead for this waterfall is on Glady Fork Road, leaving it some distance from the other two falls in Headwaters. To get to the trailhead from Rosman, follow NC178 South out of town like you’re going to Eastatoe Falls but at 0.9 of a mile,, when NC178 South makes a hard right, turn onto East Fork Road. Stay on East Fork Road for 5.1 miles and make a right onto Glady Fork Road. The trailhead is 2.8 miles from the turn onto Glady Fork. There is a pullout on the left and gated logging road. Coming from the south, take NC178 North and turn right onto Sassafras Mountain Road. At 3.2 miles make a right onto Glady Fork Road and follow this for 1.4 miles to the trailhead on the right. There are two pullouts very close together. If you park at the upper one you will have to walk several tenths of a mile down Glady Fork Road.

The hike begins by passing the gate and entering the woods. Less than a tenth of a mile into the hike the logging grade will split, take the descending right fork. The grade is modest as the trail descends toward the falls. At around 0.35 of a mile from the trailhead a logging road comes in on the right. Ignore this road and shortly after the intersection the logging road will enter a clearing. Head to the left where two trails enter the woods. At this point you will hear the falls. The right trail heads to the top of the falls while the one on the left, the one you want to take leads you past the falls to a point where you can climb down. The scramble down isn’t too challenging but it is not a graded trail.

At the base of the scramble you will have to cross the creek to get a picture or you can move along the sloping rock on river left. Both vantages are very nice and are worth checking out. The pool below the falls is very nice and the overall setting makes it feel much more remote than it really is. For a hike that comes in less than a mile, this is a good outing for the family, as long as they are up to the scramble.

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