Accessibility – Moderate
Height – 24′
Distance – 2.0 (out and back)
Beauty – 4
Photo rating – 3
Solitude – 3
GPS Info: LAT 35.03575 LONG -82.70365
Last Updated – 11-03-2018
The Lower Waterfall on Green Creek is located on the Carrick Creek Loop trail shortly after the split. This is also the Table Rock Trail. The waterfall is just over a tenth of a mile from the split. The falls is about 25 feet tall but sadly it is also a collection point for a bunch of fallen trees. It is a shame because this is a beautiful stepped waterfall but for the clutter obscuring the lower steps.
To get to the trailhead from the West Gate into Table Rock State Park, the parking area is on the right just after the lake access parking area and the playground. If you’re her eon a weekend in season, expect to park roadside since the lots will be full. The hike begins at the restrooms and registration office across from the main parking lot. Before hiking, all hikers are required to check in and detail the route they are going to take. From the check in, take the connector trail up to the split. If you make a left you will head toward Pinnacle Mountain. Make a right toward Table Rock.
The Carrick loop trail is blazed green and the Table Rock Trail is red. Once the trail crosses Green Creek start looking down the steep bank on your left and you’ll see the falls. Getting to it is another story. The route down is very steep and overgrown. This is a point where the two trails are running together which they do until passing the upper par of the falls. If you want to make this into a loop hike you can continue on the Carrick Loop Trail until it rejoins the Pinnacle Mountain Trail, which will take you back to the initial split. If you do it as a loop it’s about 2.5 miles and at most moderate. The most difficult part is the scramble down to the falls.
There is also an upper section to this falls but due to time and temperature, I wasn’t able to get down to the base for a picture.