Toms Creek Falls

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Toms Creek Falls
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Toms Creek Falls
Location Pisgah National Forest, McDowell County, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina
Coordinates 35°46′39″N 82°03′45″W / 35.777575°N 82.062420°W / 35.777575; -82.062420
Type Cascade
Total height 60 ft (18.3 m)
Number of drops 3
Longest drop 30 ft (9.1 m)

Toms Creek Falls is a waterfall in the Pisgah National Forest in McDowell County, North Carolina, near the town of Marion.

Geology[edit]

The 60-foot falls are located on Toms Creek. The creek flows over several cascading upper sections of bedrock into a near-vertical lower cascade, ending in a small scoop in the rocks. A wide, flat pool area is at the base, located in a gully that has large amounts of mica embedded in the rock.[1]

Visiting the Falls[edit]

From the junction of US 221 and US 70 in Marion, go north on US 221 for 5.6 miles. Turn left on Huskins Branch Rd. and go 1.2 miles to a small parking area located before the bridge that crosses Toms Creek. From the Parking lot, follow the moderate-difficulty 0.4 mile trail to a short, moderately steep climb and scramble down to the base of the falls. A small creek crossing used to be required, but a bridge has been built over the creek. An old mine is located just downstream of the plunge pool.[2]

Nearby Falls[edit]