511 – Violet Falls

Accessibility – Moderate

Height – 100′

Distance – 0.4 miles (out and back)

Beauty – 3

Photo rating – 2

Solitude – 10

GPS Info: LAT 35.34889 LONG -83.99984

First Visit: 04-13-2019

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Violet Falls reminds me of Dome Falls in Highlands. It is a wide sloped rock with a lot of clutter on it. The falls is probably close to 100 feet high when you count all the drops and slides. The main section is about 50 feet high and hard to photograph due to the width.

The Trailhead: From the pull-out for Upper Cold Branch Falls, resuming driving up FR81F for another 0.4 of a mile to where FR81F makes a hard righthand switchback. Park on the outside of the turn where an overgrown road heads into the woods.

The hike: Provided the water levels are low, this hike is pretty simple. If the water is up, things are going to be more challenging. Follow the old overgrown road into the woods for 0.1 of a mile to where it ends at Cold Branch. Head upstream in the creek and on the boulders for another 0.1 of a mile to the base of the falls. It is not a difficult creek walk unless the water is up at which point you would want to reschedule. This isn’t one to make a trip to do but if you combine it with Upper and Lower Cold Branch Falls, it’s worthwhile.