Distance: 1.5 miles (Out & Back hike of
about 0.75 miles each way)
Rating: Easy: 3 out of 10 on the difficulty
Quality & Enjoyment Rating: 9 out of 10
Excellent Waterfall, many interesting features packed
into a short trail.
None along this trail. Backcountry
camping is allowed in the nearby Panthertown Valley
National Forest. The Pounding
Branch Campground is also nearby.
This wonderful waterfall and trail is located on the private property
of Lake Toxaway Estates. Please respect their land and as
always, practice Leave No Trace!
There: Near Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
From the junction of US64 & NC281, head North
about 1 mile. Just past the Lake Toxaway Fire Station, turn
left onto Cold Mountain Road. Eventually the paved road turns
to gravel, and shortly after that you will see Shower Falls, a small
waterfall on the right side of the road. At this point, start
looking at the telephone poles, which are numbered in sequence.
The trailhead is almost impossible to see from the raod, and there
is so sign, but it is next to telephone pole #61 on the left side
of the road. The road widens slightly at this point to allow
room for a few cars to park on the shoulder.
Once you find the trailhead, the Raven Rock Falls Trail is easy
to follow. It is an nice, gradual descent just about the whole
way. Although it is only about 3/4 of a mile to the Falls,
there are alot of interesting features packed into this short trail.
immediately upon hitting the trail, you can hear the sounds of water.
On the right, you will pass by a small waterfall cascading down
the rock. Soon after, you will approach a larger waterfall
dropping over a rock overhang. A wooden bridge takes you underneath
the rock and behind the waterfall. Watch your head here!
wonderful sounds of waterfalls start to get loader as you near the
base of Raven Rock Falls. This very impressive and scenic
waterfall drops about 80-ft down the side of Raven Rock Mountain.
enjoying Raven Rock Falls, return on the trail the same way you