Forest Road 140

Courthouse Falls & Creek (6-1-12)

Courthouse Falls has always been one of my favorite western North Carolina cascades. As it turns out, it is now only about a ten or so mile drive from where we now live so I can literally visit it as often as I'd like! The falls are located off North Carolina Highway 215 about 6 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Transylvania County. A rather rugged (and frequently washed out) forest road leads to within a quarter mile of the falls so they are quite easy to visit considering their location (as long as you have a high-clearance vehicle). At about 45' in height the falls are located in a deep, lush gorge which enhances the serenity of the place. This album follows the short path to the falls and includes a couple additional cascades you pass on the drive up to the falls. Enjoy...


Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.273850, -82.892229


Route Type:  Out-and-back      Difficulty:  EASY  (Petzoldt Rating:  1.10 )

Hike Length: 1.0 miles                Hike Duration: 0:45

Trailhead Temp: 65'F                 Trail Traffic:  1-5 people

Min. Elevation: 3,350'                  Max. Elevation: 3,450'

Total Vertical Gain: 100'             Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 100'


Trails Used (Blaze Color):

Summey Cove (blue) 

  • Libby

    on November 7, 2012

    This is quite easy to get to. Regardless of what has been said, I have driven this road thousands of times in anything from a Mustang to an Escort to a Nissan Sentra with absolutely no problems. We camped up there quite frequently when I was younger. Try taking the road with 24 inches of snow on the ground in a Mustang!!!

  • kw

    on June 2, 2012

    Awesome-- vibrant colors and beauty!! short hike-- lots of ups & downs to get to it?