The Waterfalls of Transylvania County

Avery Creek Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
Cathedral Falls
Catheys Creek Falls
Cedar Rock Falls
Chestnut Falls
Courthouse Falls
Cove Creek Falls
Drift Falls
Eastatoe Falls
French Broad Falls
Glen Cannon Falls
Grassy Creek Falls
Grogan Creek Falls
Hidden Falls
High Falls (Dupont)
High Falls (Toxaway)
Hooker Falls
Key Falls
Laughing Falls
Log Hollow Branch Falls
Looking Glass Falls
Merry Falls
Moore Cove Falls
North Log Hollow Falls
Rainbow Falls
Shoal Creek Falls
Slick Rock Falls
Slippery Witch Falls
South Log Hollow Falls
Stairway Falls
Triple Falls
Turtleback Falls
Twin Falls
Upper Bearwallow Falls
White Owl Falls
Whitewater Falls

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Height: 45 Feet
Latitude: N 35° 16.295
Distance: 0.3 Mile
Longitude: W 82° 53.627
Total Elevation Change: 60 Feet

Courthouse Falls

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Courthouse Creek’s headwaters spring from the western slopes of Devil’s Courthouse. This 5,462-foot peak was feared by the Cherokees, as they believed that the giant Judaculla held court in a cave close to the summit.

Courthouse Creek plunges 45 feet into a very deep pool at the base of Courthouse Falls. Thrill seekers have tempted fate here by jumping from the ledge at the top of the falls. This activity may sound fun, but some have very nearly lost their lives due to the powerful currents produced by the fall.

Directions to the falls:
  1. From Rosman, turn West U.S. 64 for approximately 0.5 mile and turn right onto N.C. 215.
  2. Drive for 10.2 miles to F.R. 140 and turn right. If you miss F.R. 140, you will drive over a narrow bridge, you can see the bridge from where you need to turn.
  3. Drive 3 miles to a pull off on the right, just after crossing the creek and park.
  4. A trail leads downstream on the right at the Summey Cove sign.
  5. After 0.2 mile a smaller trail departs to the left, this leads to the base of the fall.