Dill Falls 10-12-2008
8-14-11 Dill Falls is on Tanasee Creek in the Nantahala National Forest just inside Jackson County off of Hwy 215. National Forest land on the west side of 215 in Jackson County is Nantahala Forest - the east side of 215 is Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County. Dill Falls and the nearby Courthouse Falls would be 2 good ones to visit in a trip to this area. Dill Falls is an easy hike and is now bigger kid friendly. Someone - I'm assuming the forest service - has recently been busy clearing out brush and rhododendron in front of the falls and has really opened up the view. If you haven't been to this falls in a while, it's worth another visit.
If you are coming from Brevard, take Hwy 64 west out of town and turn right on Hwy 215 at Headwaters Outfitters. Drive 14 miles on 215 north and turn left on Forest Road 4663. The last time I was here (August 2011) the house on the left just before FR4663 that used to be there is no longer there. There is now a small modular looking home on the left of Hwy 215 just after FR4663. There was also a brown and white National Forest sign indicating FR4663, but I can't say how long that will last. If you are coming from the Blue Ridge Parkway, drive south on 215 for 2 1/2 miles and turn right on FR4663. This forest road is one that is closed during the winter months. There's a gate 0.6 miles down the road and you could park near the gate and walk the remaining 2 miles to the waterfall if you want to see it bad enough.
These forest roads have been in good shape since the rebuilds after the floods of 2004. You should be able to drive down them in a passenger vehicle under normal conditions. Drive just under 2 miles on FR4663 and bear left on FR4663-B. This turn is easy to miss because it's over a small hump in a right hand curve - just enough of a hump so you kind of have too lean up and look over your hood to see it. Drive another 1/2 mile and park where the road ends for vehicle traffic. There used to be 3 distinct old roads here, but now only 2 remain. The trail to the main waterfall is straight ahead. One used to be able to get a 4x4 down this road, but some huge holes have been dug to prevent this. There is now a trail to the right of the holes - take it to by-pass them and reconnect back onto the old road. It's less than 1/4 mile downhill to the creek below the waterfall. The 50' falls is viewable from this point. A small trail before the creek heads up for a closer view, but be careful on the rocks in front of the falls. They are very slippery when wet!
Upper Dill Falls isn't too far up the creek, but the easiest way to get there is from where you are parked for Dill Falls. When you arrive at the parking at the end of FR4663-B, an old road turns to the right and heads uphill. Walk up that now cratered road to where it levels off - the creek will be on your left. Keep walking and in a short distance you'll hear the falls. There wasn't trail to the base on my last visit a few years ago, so you'll probably still have to scramble down the bank. This is a nicer waterfall than what I was expecting! It's hard to tell from the following shots, but the waterfall is about 20-25' high. If you can make it down the bank, I think you will be pleased by what you find.
Upper Dill Falls 10-22-2005
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