I had it all planned out! A cloudy forecasted Saturday in the high country with showers around meant that I was going to get some wonderful photographs of waterfalls on this day. I headed west into the clouds with great anticipation.
This report is about a day trip which consists of 3 very nice medium size waterfalls, Roaring Fork Falls, Setrock Creek Falls, and Toms Creek Falls. All 3 waterfalls are fairly close together, all have short, easy to moderate hikes , and make an excellent day trip when combined. There are a number of ways to access these, the right way depends on where you are coming from. For this story I will use the most general. Read more
This is Toms Creek Falls, a beautiful 60 foot waterfall that I have driven right past numerous times. About 10 miles north of exit 86 off of I-40, along US 221 and NC 226 is where this is located. Going north , look on the left for Huskins Branch Road, just before the Woodlawn Inn. Take this left for about a mile and a half. The paved road switches briefly to gravel then back to paved. On the right just before a bridge is an obvious parking area with a fence and an info booth. The trail to Toms Creek Falls begins here. The trail itself is fairly wide and in good shape, with a slight ascent most of the way but nothing difficult. In about .4 miles you will arrive. It seems to jump out of nowhere.
This is along a route that many use to get to a number of places, from Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens, Crabtree Falls, Linville Falls, Roan Mountain, and Grandfather Mountain to name a few. I was really surprised to see a waterfall here, as it just did not seem to be the right terrain for it. What a cool surprise and a new place to visit in this already attractions heavy area.