Cedar Mountain, NC
Silver Run Falls cascades over a 20 to 25 foot high ledge into a beautiful tree-lined pool that also features a sandy beach. The area can be quite crowded during the summer. From the gravel pull-off, follow the trail 250 yards toward the sound of falling water. But, you will face one obstacle: the headwaters of the Whitewater River. Either wade across the ankle- to knee-high river or cross on a fallen tree that spans the river and proceed to the falls.
The falls when the waterflow is high
Directions: From Cashiers, follow NC 107 south for four miles to a gravel parking area on the left. From Walhalla, take SC 28 to SC 107. Then, proceed up SC 107 about 16 miles to the parking area on the right. The NC DOT has added guardrails along the road. The correct pull-off has a utility pole along the edge and a small opening leading into the woods. There is also a small sign noting you are entering/leaving the Nantahala National Forest just below the pulloff. On the utility pole, there may be a very small sign that says Silver Run. Last time I was there, somebody had also nailed a pair of tennis shoes to this pole as well.
All photos © Allen Easler.