A Special Hike Along The Horsepasture River 

  

The Horsepasture River in southwest NC runs but a short distance at a little over 18 miles long, before in emptys into Lake Jocasse in northern South Carolina.  Even shorter is the 4.5 mile section from NC 281 to Lake Jocasse that is designated a wild and scenic river.  In this stretch of river is 6 named & famed waterfalls, tons of smaller falls and rapids that would might get names on most streams, and some of the prettiest waterfall scenery that North Carolina has to offer.  This area receives a ton of rainfall.  Gorges State Park, where the Rainbow Falls Trailhead is located, receives over 80 inches of rain per year.  That’s a lot of water running down the hills, and the Horsepasture usually has a very healthy flow of water.  Of the 6 names falls, 4 of them are fairly safe to reach, Stairway Falls, Rainbow Falls, Turtleback Falls, and Drift Falls (viewable from the edge of pool only due to private property).   Continue reading “A Special Hike Along The Horsepasture River “

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