Connestee Falls and Batson Creek Falls

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Connestee Falls
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Connestee Falls
LocationTransylvania County, North Carolina
Coordinates35°09′50″N 82°43′53″W / 35.163845°N 82.731428°W / 35.163845; -82.731428
TypeTiered Cascade
Total height85 ft (26 m)
Batson Creek Falls
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Batson Creek Falls
LocationTransylvania County, North Carolina
Coordinates35°09′50″N 82°43′53″W / 35.163845°N 82.731428°W / 35.163845; -82.731428
TypeTiered Cascade and Slide
Total height110 ft (34 m)

Connestee Falls and Batson Creek Falls are two waterfalls in Western North Carolina, located near Brevard.

Geology[edit]

Batson Creek flows less than 1 mile from its source, feeding two manmade lakes along the way. It meets Carson Creek at a point where both Batson Creek and Carson Creek fall over bedrock. The falls meet in an area called "The Silver Slip" before continuing on down Carson Creek.

Natural history[edit]

The falls were supposedly named for a Native American princess named "Connestee" in 1882 by Dr. F. A. Miles, owner of the Caesar's Head Hotel.

A legend is told that the princess lost her life at the falls due to a relationship with an Englishman.[1]

Visiting the Falls[edit]

The falls were recently closed to the public until April 16, 2011 when a new, handicapped accessible, county park was unveiled.[2] The parking lot for the falls is found by traveling on U.S. Highway 276, 6 miles south of the intersection of 276, U.S. Highway 64, and NC Highway 280 in Brevard, North Carolina. From the viewing platform, you stand at the top of Connestee Falls and watch it just below your feet. In front of you is Batson Falls, which is located on private property within the Connestee Falls Community [3]

Nearby Falls[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adams, Kevin, (2005). - North Carolina Waterfalls: A Hiking and Photography Guide. - Winston-Salem, North Carolina: John F. Blair. - p.254. - ISBN 0-89587-320-6
  2. ^ http://www.transylvaniatimes.com/print_this_story.asp?smenu=1&sdetail=4519[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.connesteefalls.com