Waterfalls of Toxaway Creek
Toxaway Creek flows into Lake Jocassee a short distance downstream from the mouth of the Toxaway River. Within a short span along its course are four named waterfalls, one of them rivaling the major waterfalls of the nearby Thompson, Horsepasture, and Toxaway Rivers. Unfortunately, all of them are located on private property that is typically closed to the public. The trailhead begins in a church camp. The camp maintains the trails as part of their recreational activities. I know of some people who have obtained special permission to hike the trails (among them the person I hiked with), but my understanding is that they do not allow access as a rule.
The first waterfall upstream is called, appropriately enough, First Falls. This short drop also goes by the name of Taper Falls. Next is Second Falls, also known as Boushell Falls. It starts as a steep cascade and has several little ledges below. Third Falls is a sheer drop that also goes by the name of Luner Falls. Finally, there is Fourth Falls, also known as High Falls, Old Toxaway Falls, and my favorite name, Great Falls. Great Falls would rate high on anyone’s list of favorites.