From Blue Ridge Parkway – South on Hwy 215 for 6.5mi, after a bridge turn left onto FR140 (gravel). From Hwy 64 head north on Hwy 215 for 10.2mi then turn right onto FR140. Drive up the gravel road for ~3mi – after 3-4 bridges not sure, but you'll pass a campground sign and go up hill and after you begin going downhill park on the right after the first bridge you see (over Courthouse Creek). There will be a trail, follow it down to the waterfall (crossing over various bridges/stairs). When looking at the fall, to the right you'll see a rocky face and further down several enormous rocks. Walk over these rocks to the slope face, you'll see a worn path going straight up the face. You'll have to use branches/roots to climb up as its super steep. Follow the path and stay high as you're going over and above that rock face (note: the trail isn't well worn you'll have to climb through underbrush and over/under trees). Keep going up and to your left you'll see a ledge with an opening, cautiously look over this ledge if you want, this cliff is probably around/over 60ft and has a sketchy drop in (through trees, can't stand well, must clear 5-10ft out; its ~20ft above the vid/pic spot). I've done 70 footers but I passed on this one. Keep on going, walking up and over a small hill and drop down on your left about 20ft from the previous ledge. Use roots/branches to lower yourself as it is steep. Now you are above the falls. Facing the fall, traverse on your left to an outcrop using a nook/rope to assist yourself. Enjoy the jump. (Note: alternatively I imagine you can get to the falls from the start of the trail by dropping to your left and I've heard this is easier but I didn't bother with that route.)

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No Brainer
Shear Drop Off


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Courthouse Falls Gloucester, NC United States
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Courthouse Falls
North Carolina
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Courthouse Falls, Pisgah National Forest Gloucester

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