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Whitewater Falls

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(864) 868-4897
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You will be photographing Upper Whitewater Falls
Follow the paved path (about 1/4 mile) to the Upper Overlook
  - Consider shooting the falls in both Vertical and Horizontal formats
  - Consider including the wood rail fence in the foreground 
The paved path is wheel-chair assessable
From the overlook, you can walk down about 154 wooden steps to the lower overlook and shoot the falls for a slightly different perspective
There is a trail off to the left from the overlook that is sort of blocked that you can easily step over
  - Follow the trail to the top of the falls - do not get close to the falls edge
- People have fallen to their deaths by getting too close
  - You can shoot up the  Whitewater River (way back from the falls edge)
The upper and lower overlooks are the only good views of the falls
If you are interested in moderate hiking, you can hike to a overlook of Lower Whitewater falls.  See South Carolina Trails manual for directions.
  - There is really only one good overlook

Driving Tips and Other Information

From the Intersection of SC Hwy 11 and US Hwy 178
  - Holly Springs Grocery on corner
Drive South on Hwy 11 (towards Salem) to SC Hwy 130 and turn left
  - Approx. 14.6 miles
Drive north for about 10 miles on SC 130, which becomes NC 281
The Whitewater Falls entrance is on the right approx. 1 miles after driving into North Carolina.
Hours: Dawn until dusk, year-round.
  - Located in Nantahala National Forest
  - Restrooms available
  - Fee: for vehicles with seven passengers or less
Bathroom facilities are available

Information compiled by Bob Spalding

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