From NC 106 in Highlands, drive 5.8 miles west on US 64 to the tiny one-car pullout on the right side of the road. The pullout is on a dangerous curve, so if you’re traveling east, from Franklin, continue up the road and find a safe place to turn around. That way, you won’t have to cross traffic to turn into the pullout. Also beware of crossing traffic when exiting. The path to the falls is across the road, directly opposite the pullout. You can get a poor winter view of the falls from the road.
The path descends a few hundred feet to the falls. When you get close, you’ll reach a fork. The left fork leads to the top, while the right fork descends a short distance to an open view of the falls high above the river. Be careful there! Don’t let kids, dogs, or idiots run free.
I mentioned this falls in the last edition, but after making several visits since, I decided it deserves a full listing. Most people traveling through Cullasaja River Gorge have no idea this waterfall exists, and that’s probably just as well. I hope those who learn about it from this book will take heed of the trail rating of 8 and my caution about the viewpoint.
The name honors Rupert Henry Scadin, a prolific western North Carolina photographer during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Scadin photographed extensively in the area encompassing Hendersonville, Tryon, Brevard, Cashiers, and Highlands. Waterfalls, including those in Cullasaja River Gorge, were among his favorite subjects. As you scramble down the steep bank to the falls while carrying your cell phone or digital camera, think about Scadin lugging his glass plates, huge camera, and heavy tripod through the gorge. And this was long before a highway ran beside the river.