Catheys Creek Falls
7-28-15 - Catheys Creek Falls is a really nice 50' waterfall just west of Brevard off of Hwy 64. It's right next to a gravel forest road and is bigger kid friendly, but parking is limited to 1 or 2 vehicles. The path getting to the base of the falls is a little steep and can be slippery when wet. The waterfall is on a medium size stream, so it will have decent water flow even if there hasn't been much rain in the area. The shots here are from such a time. If you are looking for dispersed camping spots, there are several along this forest road. They are on a first come basis and there are no facilities.
Directions: There are several ways to get to the trail head depending on where you are. From downtown Brevard, drive west on US64 for just under 3.5 miles and look for the right hand turn and brown and white sign for the Kuykendall Group Camp. Turn right here, then immediately bear left on to Catheys Creek Rd which becomes FR471. From here it's 3.2 miles to the parking area on the right. There's only enough room for a couple of cars here and it can be hard to spot, but you will cross under some power lines right before the parking. The trail is now very obvious, but there are no markers or signs indicating a waterfall is here. If you miss this parking spot, or there are already cars here, go a little farther, cross a bridge and park on the right at the closed camping spot, then walk back down the road. If you are in the fish hatchery area off of US276 north and FR475, continue out FR475 for a total of 6 miles from US276 and turn left on FR471. Continue down FR471 for just under 5 miles and look for the parking on the left after you cross the bridge.
You can hear the waterfall from the road and see it in the winter months. The trail down can be muddy and slippery after a rain - especially right at the end so grab a rhodo branch so you don't fall! The above photo was from one of my first visits to the waterfall back in 2002. No telling how long that log had been there and it looked like it wasn't going anywhere. Then at some point - maybe the floods of 2004 - the log was washed out of the waterfall and towards the small viewing area for the falls. The next 3 pictures and video are from my late July 2015 visit to the falls. You might be able to cross the creek to the sandbar without getting wet, but it's easier to just wade the creek.
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