Turtle Rock Falls

Nikon D850, Nikon 17-35mm lens at 24mm, f/14, 2.5 seconds, ISO 200, polarizing filter.

Beauty Rating:
Trail and bushwhack
Tributary of Green River
River Basin:
1,180 feet
Type and Height:
Slides and freefalls, about 20 feet high
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Cliffield Mountain
Hike Distance:
About 0.4 mile
Hike Difficulty:
Photo Rating:
Waterfall GPS:
Trailhead GPS:
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Driving Directions

The trailhead is the same as for Rainy Falls. Take the Saluda exit (Exit 59) off I-26 and head east (away from Saluda) on Holbert Cove Road (SR 1142). After less than 0.1 mile, turn left on the curviest paved road in North Carolina, Green River Cove Road (SR 1151). Drive about 7.8 miles and park in the long narrow pullout on the left, beside the river. This point is about 0.8 mile beyond the second bridge over Green River.

Hike Description

Walk back along the road a few yards to the creek. A narrow but easily recognizable path on river right goes upstream. Follow it about 0.2 mile to a creek crossing. Continue following the path on the river left side for 0.1 mile to a fork. Ascending to the right is the route to Rainy Falls. To reach Turtle Rock, go left and quickly reach the creek. From here it is a matter following the creek upstream on river left to the falls. You may find it easier to walk in the creek bed for part of the way. Watch out for poison ivy and nettle!


I like this waterfall! What it lacks in height and water flow, it more than makes up for in verdant delicacy. This is a “fine lace waterfall.” During normal flows, the water divides into many little drops over mossy rocks. In addition to the lush moss, several other species of bryophytes grow on the waterfall and on in the grotto on the river right side of the falls.

This natural community here is very vulnerable to impact from careless footsteps. Please enjoy the view from directly in front of the falls.

Nikon D850, Nikon 28-300m lens at 68mm, f/14, 8 seconds, ISO 800, polarizing filter.

Nikon D850, Nikon 17-35mm lens at 52mm, f/14, 5 seconds, ISO 800, polarizing filter.

Nikon D850, Nikon 17-35mm lens at 62mm, f/14, 8 seconds, ISO 800, polarizing filter.

Nikon D850, Nikon 17-35mm lens at 55mm, f/22, 4 seconds, ISO 800, polarizing filter.