Situated near the scene of a Cherokee myth, this waterfall offers both scenery and folklore, but beware the fast currents below.
Springing from the west slope of Devil’s Courthouse—the rocky summit where the giant Judaculla held his trials, according to Cherokee legend—and fed by none other than Courthouse Creek, Courthouse falls is popular among photographers, but not for swimmers. The 35-foot cascade, at the head of a small ampitheater carved from the rock face, appears to fall into a solid swimming spot, but in reality could sweep you under with its heady undercurrents. So perhaps its best to treat this historic spot as a museum: Look, but don’t touch.
The trail begins across the road and follows an old logging railroad grade down the river-right side of the creek. After about 0.3 mile, it starts to swing right and passes an obvious side path on the left. The side path leads to the base of the falls.
Trails and Waterfalls can be dangerous; take no chances, only photos for memories. Read our Safety and Insider tips to have a safe, fun and enjoyable trip to Jackson County.
Leave No Trace — Seven Principles
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
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