High Falls (sometimes called Cullowhee Falls) is located below the dam on Lake Glenville. The trail to view the falls was originally created for kayakers daring to face the challenging Class IV and V rapids that occur as the dam releases take place. On a typical day, the double 150ft falls are serene as they cascade into the Tuckaseegee Gorge below (shown). As the dam releases, the falls become an impressive force of raging water.
The 2017 High Falls release will occur between 10am and 4pm on the following dates:
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The trail is rated Difficult due ot the elevation changes.
The trail to High Falls was built for the kayakers, however, the primary users are hikers who want to see the falls. The total length of the trail is 0.70 mile from the trailhead to the kayak put-in at the base of the falls. You don’t need to hike all the way to the bottom to see the falls, but it does give you a great vantage point. The elevation drop from the trailhead to the put-in is 650 feet, about 73 flights of stairs. Not too bad on the way down, but keep this in mind for the hike back up.
The trail’s bridges are made from Hemlocks, while the steps, handrails and water bars are made from Locust and boulders, all harvested on-site. On a spring hike, there are many wildflowers in bloom along this trail, including trillium and violets.
Consider a hike along the steep trail to the bottom of High Falls any time of year for access to three sets of waterfalls.
Content: High South Adventures, Cashiers Chamber of Commerce, Jackson County Tourism Development Authority