Shacktown Falls

Shacktown Falls by waterfallshiker
Shacktown Falls, a photo by waterfallshiker on Flickr.
I have seen this waterfall called several different things. “Waterfall on North Deep Creek”, Styers Mill Falls, and Shacktown Falls are all common names for this beauty. I have heard Shacktown the most. Since this is what most people call it, I will as well. It is only about 10 feet high, but across a very wide stream with a rather large water flow. It is quite an impressive site, considering that this waterfall is not located in the mountains. It sits in the foothills in a place known as “Shore-Styers Mill Park”. This is pretty primitive for a park, so far there is not much there except a small pull-out to park, rough path down to stream, and a small wooden observation deck. If you want the best view, you will have to walk down to stream.
This area is rich in history and has been the sites of several mills, all powered by the falls. There are plans for a expansion of this area, but a big problem must be solved first. It seems the local residents do not think too much of their historical jewel. There is constant graffitti, and trash being dumped by vandals . This and a constant supply of beer cans make this a trashy area. It is such a shame. There are two stone wheels that were in use during the mill era on display, located near the observation deck. The historical pieces are covered with spray paint. All trash aside, it is still a very nice waterfall!! Once day, I hope to see it in better condition.
This waterfall is very easy to get to. Just southeast of Yadkinville, take exit 253 off of US 421, turn and drive under highway to Shacktown Rd. Turn left for maybe 1/4 mile and take a right on Styers Mill Rd. The waterfall will be just a short ways down the road on your left.



Author: waterfallshiker

I gave up the video game playing, TV watching lifestyle years back now. There just had to be more to life. I discovered a love for waterfalls on Christmas day 2008, at Elk River Falls in Elk Park NC. While not initially realizing it, this opened a whole new world, and lifestyle for me. I now love to spend my free time, hiking to waterfalls, and mountain tops in search of pristine views. This has also led me to a love of photography and blogging. While i am still not an expert at either several years in to this, I love the challenges that both offer me. I see my skills getting better at both as time goes by. Sharing what I see via social media brings me great joy. I love the feedback, good and bad. I love to see what others are able to show as well. I created my blog "WaterfallsHiker", originally to just help myself keep up with my travels, not really with any real purpose in mind. After 2 years on this blog, I see that It has evolved into a combination of an information site, and a place to show off my progress as an amateur photographer. I try to do it all and include some bits of my personality as well. It is something I really enjoy doing. When I am not working on this hobby, I can be found on a golf course, spending time with my beautiful fiance and her daughter, or working my 40 hours a week at Costco.

4 thoughts on “Shacktown Falls”

  1. I LOVE these falls and they are only 15 minutes from my home! When I moved here 10 years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find that such a natural treasure was right on my doorstep. I agree completely that the local residents don’t seem to treasure this lovely spot. I am so saddened to see the trash and graffiti, and it appears to get worse every time I visit.


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