Silver Run Falls - Lower Whitewater Falls, NC/SC

August 17, 2010

This week's hike was on a couple of trails near Cashiers, NC. We visited Silver Run Falls, followed by Lower Whitewater Falls on the Foothills Trail.

HIKERS - Phil Brownrigg, Dave Hinson, Bill Hunt, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Bruce O'Connor, Jeanne O'Connor, Don Preece, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, Lynne Saporito and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - The Silver Run Trail is south of Cashiers, NC off of Hwy. 107. It is a short trail that leads to beautiful Silver Run Falls. Our second trail is an old favorite from the Bad Creek Project trail access over to the Foothills Trail and on to magnificent 400+ ft. Lower Whitewater Falls. The trails were in excellent shape and considered moderate difficulty due to lots of elevation change on the Lower Whitewater Falls portion.

Total hiking distance today - 4.6 mi. with lots of elevation change on the Lower Whitewater Falls portion.

Directions: From Walhalla, SC, drive SC 11 east past Tamassee, SC to Salem, SC at the intersection of SC 11 and SC 130. Look for signs directing you to Whitewater Falls. From that intersection, turn left and drive 10 miles up SC 130 to the Duke Power Bad Creek Project. Turn right, drive up to the gate and wait for it to open. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the gate should open automatically to let folks in. (Hikers can get out at anytime, but folks can only get in during daylight hours.) Drive another two miles down to the Foothills Trail trailhead parking lot. Silver Run Falls is on Hwy 107 about 4 miles south of Cashiers, NC. Parking is on the side of the highway.

Another great day for a hike! Partly Cloudy to cloudy with a brief shower. temperatures ranging from 69 to 81 degrees F.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Lobelia, Heal All, Yellow Wood Sorrell, Giant Sunflower, Joe Pye Weed, Spotted Jewelweed, St. Andrew's Cross, Tall Goldenrod, Partridge Pea, Begger's Lice, Potato Vine, Elephant's foot, Northern Agrimony, Yellow Star Grass, False Foxglove, Flowering Spurge, Whorled Coreopsis, Southern Harebells, Woodland Sunflower, Rosinweed, Daisy Fleabane, Philadepphia Fleabane, Cat Briars, Evening Primrose and Mountain Mint.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Crow, Junco, Carolina Wren, Chipping Sparow, Raven, Pileated Woodpecker, Hummingbird.

Scroll down for photos and video from today!

Our first hike today....
Silver Run Falls!
Exploring the falls
Walking a slick log!
The start of our second hike today....
The Whitewater River
Crossing the Whitewater River
A large Brown Water Snake on the shore of the river.
Ice Cream Cone Mushroom!
Spectacular Lower Whitewater Falls!
Lunchtime at the falls!
Some of today's fungi!
Walking back over the Whitewater River on the F.S. road.
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Tony Presley, Phil Brownrigg, Jack Jacobi, Don Preece, Dick Metzgar, Bruce O'Connor, Bill Hunt, Vic Robson, Jeanne O'Connor, Donna Presley, Lynne Saporito, Dave Hinson, Dan Ross and Carole Wintle.

More photos!
Silver Run Falls & Lower Whitewater Falls8-17-10

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