Key Falls Highly recommended waterfall for everyone!

Key Falls

Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70mm lens at 48mm, f/22, 1 second, ISO 200, polarizing filter.

Beauty Rating:
Roadside view
Tributary of French Broad River
River Basin:
French Broad
Very small
2,240 feet
Type and Height:
60-foot cascade over numerous mini-ledges
Brevard NC/SC
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Driving Directions

From the junction of US 64, US 276, and NC 280 in Brevard, drive 3.5 miles east on US 64 and turn right on Crab Creek Road (SR 1528). After about 1.5 miles, turn right on Everett Road (SR 1533). It is 2.75 miles to the driveway for Key Falls Inn, on the left. You can park at the inn and walk a short distance along a path to the falls. If you don’t want to walk, you can turn onto the gravel road just before the entrance to the inn and drive 0.2 mile to the falls. The road is private, but the land surrounding the falls is part of the inn property, so you can drive as far as the falls.


It’s delightful to find a privately owned waterfall that’s accessible to the public. Clark and Patricia Grosvenor, the owners of Key Falls Inn, should be commended for allowing public access to “their” waterfall. All they ask is that you respect their property while visiting. And if you need a place to spend the night, their wonderful 1860s Victorian bed-and-breakfast is a great choice. For more information, visit Keep in mind that the accessibility of any private waterfall is always subject to change.

In spring, trillium, bloodroot, Mayapple, and other wildflowers cover the banks. A path leads to the top of the waterfall, where a footbridge crosses the creek. The creek is small. The waterfall looks much better after a heavy rain.