Accessibility – Easy
Height: Approx 50′
Distance – Roadside
Beauty – 7
Photo rating – 8
Solitude – 4
GPS Info: LAT 35.75568 LONG -82.35421
Last updated – 10/13/2018
Walker Falls is a 50 foot high roadside waterfall on FR74 that is along the route to Douglas Falls. It is the largest of the numerous roadside waterfalls on FR74 and it is worth devoting a few minutes to enjoying before you finish the drive to Douglas Falls.
To reach Walker Falls you can take FR63 from the access road to the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area, however on my early fall visit the road was gated, making for a long drive to get to the falls. I don’t know if FR63 is going to be reopened any time soon so keep this in mind. Instead of a 3 mile drive down FR63 to reach FR74 we had a nearly 20 mile roundabout route to get to FR74. From NC197 in Barnardsville, take Dillingham Road. If you’re heading East you will be making a left. At 3.5 miles you’ll pass FR63, which was also gated on the lower end on my visit and at 4.8 miles you’ll cross a small bridge. Once across the road turns to gravel. It is 4.2 miles along FR74 before you reach Walker Falls, which will be on the left.
The falls is hemmed in by thick forest on both sides and on my visit the creek was up after a storm earlier in the week so the falls looked great. If you do get out, which I recommend, you can have a better look from the upstream side of the bridge. There is more waterfall on the downstream side of the bridge but on this trip we didn’t climb down to have a look.