Forest Road 140

Courthouse Falls & Creek

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)