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Destination Hike: Connestee Falls

 

March 19, 2018

Sean Trapp

Connestee Falls in the autumn, as seen from the overlook platform.

This week's destination hike is Connestee Falls. Connestee Falls is one of the easiest waterfalls to get to in Transylvania County. Located just off U.S. 276, the falls are a short walk on a flat path to a fenced overlook on top of the first set of falls.

Carson Creek meets with the drainage from Ticoa Lake in the Connestee Falls development and creates the 85-foot cascade, which is now a county park, and enters a gorge as the water makes its way through Gwynn Valley camp.

According to local legend, an Englishman married a Cherokee "princess" named Connestee, and when he left to return...



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