Waterfalls on FR140

The underrated Cody Falls – August 2017

FR140 is a gravel forest road and is currently an active logging road that connects to NC215 6.5 miles from the stop sign at the base of the ramp from the Blue Ridge Parkway. It will be on your left just past the second narrow bridge, which is under construction as of 8-22-2017. It is right after the bridge so give yourself time to slow down. Coming from US64 it is 10.2 miles from the turn onto NC215. FR140 has been open and closed frequently over the last few years for repairs. As of this writing (09-07-2017), FR140 is open but there are some very rough stretches between NC215 and FR140A since it is being used by logging trucks. Aside from this, the climb up the ridge before the Courthouse Falls Trail is brutally rough so if you’re in a low clearance vehicle, use care.

The popular waterfall on this stretch is Courthouse Falls but there are almost a dozen along FR140. Some of them are difficult to access and others are not. My explorations of this area are getting close to complete. As of now I have visited 9 of the 10 waterfalls accessed from FR140. I’m sure there are others but these are the only ones I know about at this time. This is a beautiful tract of Pisgah Forest that will likely have a different look in coming years since the area along FR140 and Courthouse Creek is slated for both improvements and logging.

If you plan on visiting Courthouse Falls or any of the other waterfalls along FR140, check to see is FR140 is open before you drive over to the area. If gated, you can still access the falls but this is going to add dramatically to the hiking distances.

0.25 Miles

222 – BeeTree Fork Falls

1.4 Miles

220 – Summey Cove Falls

2.3 Miles

216 – Kiesee Falls

221 – Upper Kiesee Falls

2.7 Miles

077 – Chestnut Falls

3.0 Miles

 074 – Courthouse Falls

215 – Cody Falls

3.2 Miles

075 – Upper Courthouse Falls

076 – Waterfall below Red Rock Falls

Red Rock Falls