|the gang at Schoolhouse Falls|
The plan today was for Cindy and me to meet Bernie and Brenda Wiley in Clayton GA, then drive from there over to the Southern Nantahala Wilderness area. This area is actually in North Carolina, but the only way to get to it is through GA. There are 2 NC waterfalls in this area that I visited years ago (and I would revisit tomorrow) and have directions on my site to the area here. A North Carolina waterfall guide book by Melissa Watson lists another waterfall in the same area on Deep Gap Branch, so our mission today was to find that 40' waterfall!
|Tate City Mall|
|entering the Southern Nantahala Wilderness area|
Along the way we also scoped out access to a couple of other creeks that have bigger waterfalls on them. All of these are bushwhacks and we plan to hit them on another day. We finally reached the point where we had to head off trail up to the waterfall, got to the point to where the waterfall was supposed to be and found this puny, pitiful looking waterfall probably less than 15' high.
|waterfall on Deep Gap Branch Trail|
On the way back we stopped at a small cascade along the Tallulah River that was actually nicer than the last one, then headed back to the vehicles. As I said, there are some off trail waterfalls in this area and Denton Falls is off this same road back on the Georgia side, so we talked about meeting again soon for some more exploring. You can view Bernie's pictures from our hike here.
|small cascade on Tallulah River|