Townhouse Falls

IMG_0008 (1)Townhouse Falls is located on a half mile (approximately) trail past the bike trails at the NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) in WNC. As you are going to the waterfall, the trail is all downhill, so be prepared for the incline back up to get out. It’s not that bad, just make sure you have the proper shoes on. There is a rock bridge to cross over at one point that may seem a little “hinky” for some, but it is very sturdy and you can tell it has been there for quite some time. Trekking poles might be a good idea (at least one), especially if it has been raining because there are some slick spots in a couple of areas. The best time to go is after a good rain. The waterfall flow depends on the amount of rain. At the time we went, there had been a good days worth, so there was a decent flow, and as we were leaving, it was starting to flow even more. It started raining more the following day, so it may have gotten even better. In dry weather, the flow can slow down to a small trickle. On the trail, there is another small cascade that I tried to take a picture of, but I was still getting used to my new camera and since it was the first spot we came to, my picture of that one didn’t turn out like I wanted. Hopefully in the adventures to come, the pictures of our travels will be more vivid than ever now for our viewers thanks to the new photography equipment. While you are at the NOC, check out all the fun things to do there, like whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and the zipline. The GSMRR also makes a stop through there as well. Take the day to go hiking and/or biking with the family then cool off the the Nantahala River there remains a constant 54 degrees year round. Cooling off in it might not be the best idea in the fall, but during the summer months it sure feels grand. Townhouse Falls is a neat little waterfall that is hidden from the public eye and is a good way to get out of hustle of everyday push and shove for a few minutes.

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