Dill Falls

10-11-15  Dill Falls is on Tanasee Creek in the Nantahala National Forest just inside the Jackson County line off of NC215. 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. This 50' waterfall 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 bigger kid friendly. Someone - I'm assuming the forest service - cleared out brush and rhododendron in front of the falls a few years ago and it has really opened up the view. If you haven't been to this falls in a while, it's worth another visit.

Directions:  Coming from Brevard, take US64 west out of town and turn right on NC215 at Headwaters Outfitters. Drive 14 miles on 215 north and turn left on Forest Road 4663. This kind of looks like someone's driveway, but last time I was by, there was still a brown and white National Forest sign indicating FR4663. If you are coming from the Blue Ridge Parkway, drive south on 215 for 2.5 miles and turn right on FR4663. This forest road is one that is closed during the winter months. The gate is 0.6 miles down the road from 215 and you could park near the gate and walk the remaining 2 miles to the waterfall if you want to see it bad enough. From 215, drive just under 2 miles on FR4663 and bear left on FR4663B. 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 the hood of your vehicle to see it. Drive another 1/2 mile down FR4663B 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 by the forest service 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 and there's now a nice view looking up creek towards the waterfall as shown in the photo below.

Dill Falls

Just before you get to the creek, look to the right for a narrow trail that leads up to the side of the waterfall. The last time I was there I had to crawl under some fallen trees to get there. A large boulder offers some side shooting possibilities if the spray isn't too bad and you can also get out on the rock right in front of the falls.

 

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 FR4663B, an old road turns to the right and heads uphill. Walk up that now cratered road to where it levels off. Keep walking and in a short distance you'll hear the falls on your left. There wasn't a trail down to this waterfall when I first visited it in 2005, but there is now. It's very steep and will be slippery if it's wet. This is a nicer waterfall than what I was expecting when I first visited. It's hard to tell from the following shots, but the waterfall is about 20-25' high. The 3 shots below show how the waterfall can look with different water levels.

Upper Dill Falls
Upper Dill Falls

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