High Falls Dam Release

The dam at Lake Glenville is released periodically throughout the year transforming High Falls from a gentle giant into the incredible hulk. There are two access points for High Falls. One right next to Glenville Dam and another just a couple miles down the road.
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Lake Glenville
High Falls Dam Release
2022 Schedule

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NEW! Great Opening Day 2021 Kayak Run down the West Fork! Scroll Down!

The High Falls Trail is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near at the Lake Glenville dam. (See map below) There is ample parking at the trail head. This hike  features the High Falls waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. During water release kayakers use the trail to carry their gear to the river below.

High Falls Dam Release

Map, Schedule, Notes

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Schedule
Release Times: Start: 10AM     End: 4PM
(Times Valid for all Dates)

April 2,  2022
April 3,  2022
June 4, 2022
July 16, 2022
July 23, 2022
August 6, 2022
August 20, 2022

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Note:

WARNING: HIGH FLOWS AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT WHERE SUCH FLOWS OCCUR CAN CREATE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS IN THE BYPASSED REACH. DUKE ENERGY RELEASES THESE FLOWS SOLELY TO COMPLY
WITH ITS LICENSE REQUIREMENTS. DUKE ENERGY NEITHER ENCOURAGES NOR DISCOURAGES RECREATIONAL USE OF HIGH FLOWS BY THE PUBLIC. ANY RECREATIONAL USE BY THE PUBLIC DURING HIGH FLOWS SHOULD BE LIMITED TO EXPERIENCED BOATERS.

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Comments:

This event is worth the effort! The water flow changes is nothing short of amazing. You will be very safe - just stay out of the water! Experience kayak users flock to these releases to practice.

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High Falls - Lake Glenville Dam Release

West Fork of the Tuckasegee River

Opening Day 2021 Kayak Run

West Fork Tuckasegee Opening Release 2021

This video from Southern Yak - Chronicles of my adventures in kayaking. ACA certified L4 Whitewater kayaking instructor. I live in Georgia so most stuff in the GA/NC/TN/Etc area.  
(Southern Yak YouTube)


High Falls is also known as Cullowhee Falls to the locals... 

360 video of High Falls...

 ...in Jackson County, NC, right after Duke Energy released water from Lake Glenville. The video was filmed on June 6th 2021, using a 360 camera that can be borrowed from the Hunter Library.

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