Toms Creek Falls
4-11-17 - Toms Creek Falls is a beautiful 60' waterfall that the entire family can enjoy. The hike is less than half a mile and is fairly easy. The trail to the waterfall was rebuilt in 2015 to make it easier for folks that have a hard time getting around. A small viewing deck with an excellent view of the falls was also added. There are also a couple of primitive camping sites (no facilities) along the trail and the info on the kiosk says there is a maximum stay of 14 days.
Directions: If you are coming from east of Marion on I-40, get off on the US221 north exit in Marion. Coming from the Asheville area, it may be easier to get off on exit 72 (US70) in Old Fort and take 70 into Marion and turn left on 221 north, just past the Wendys and McDonalds. From this intersection, drive just over 5.5 miles north on US221 and turn left on Huskins Branch Rd just before the old Woodlawn Motel. This road is a narrow two lane road that turns to gravel and then back to pavement. Drive 1.2 miles down Huskins Branch Rd and you'll see the parking area for the falls on the right. It will be just past the gravel forest road 469 on the right and just before a concrete bridge.
The hike begins at the kiosk and the trail is very obvious. In the spring, be on the look out for several varieties of wildflowers growing along the trail. Cross the creek on a nice foot bridge at 1/4 mile into the hike and continue up the hill to the viewing deck. You can also scramble down to the creek in front of the waterfall to get your feet wet and get closer to the waterfall. Do not climb the rock next to the waterfall! There used to be a mica mine at this location. From the viewing deck, look up to the right for the stone remnants of the cable system used to pull up buckets from the mine which is on the other side of the creek to the left of the deck. There's a bit more info on this on the kiosk at the beginning of the hike.
The pictures here are from a previous trip years ago when the water was flowing nicely and the light was good. The video is from my most recent visit in April 2017 when the lighting was horrible.
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