Whitewater Falls Trail, Foothills Trail, Bad Creek
Project Trail, and Coon Branch Natural Area Trail

Picture of upper Whitewater Falls

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Date Hiked: 6/1/96

Length: 8.0 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 4

Blaze: none on the paved Whitewater Falls Trail, white on Foothills Trail, blue on Bad Creek Project Trail, none on Coon Branch Natural Area Trail

Main Features: Whitewater Falls, Whitewater River

Animals: cardinals, chickadees, meadowlark, crows, juncos, deer

Location: Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina

Drive north on SC highway 130 from scenic highway 11. Turn right at the Whitewater Falls sign about 0.2 miles after entering North Carolina. Drive about 0.2 miles to the parking area. Follow paved trail from parking lot.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Descend 750 feet from overlook to junction at 2.9 miles
Ascend 125 feet to end of Coon Branch Natural Area Trail
Total Ascent: 875 feet

0.0 parking lot
0.1 Lake Jocassee is visible in the southeast
0.2 Upper Whitewater Falls overlook (end of paved walk)
turn right on Foothills Trail and descend the stairs
after about 100 steps there is another overlook
1.2 bridge across Whitewater River
1.3 Corbin Creek crossing (bridge out)
2.9 trail junction and information board
turn right on Bad Creek Project Trail
cross two bridges (across Whitewater River)
3.0 directly after the second bridge, turn right on the
Coon Branch Natural Area Trail (the trail is not marked)
five bridges
4.0 trail ends abruptly at base of hill
(there's a board across the trail here and a sign)


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