NORTH CAROLINA WATERFALLS
DRIFT FALLS (4)
PHOTO BY CHRISTIE W.
Driving Directions: From the intersection of N.C.
281 north and U.S. 64 west, turn left onto N.C. 281 north and drive 2.5 miles to
N.C. 281 south. Turn left onto N.C. 281 south and drive 0.9 mile to the entrance
to Gorges State Park on the left. Follow the paved road past the Visitor’s
Center to the Frozen Creek Access Area, the first parking area, on the right.
Hiking Directions: The blue blazed Raymond Fisher trail
and the orange blazed Rainbow Falls trail begins here. Follow the trail for 0.28
mile to where the Raymond Fisher trail turn lefts and the Rainbow Falls trail
turns right. Turn right and hike 0.71 mile to a small stream crossing. In
another 0.11 mile, reach a sign that indicates that you are leaving Gorges State
Park and entering the Pisgah National Forest. At 0.99 mile from the trailhead, a
brown carsonite steak marks the side trail on the left for Stairway Falls. In
another 0.11 mile, come to a creek crossing. Cross the creek and hike another
0.45 mile to Rainbow Falls on the left. Continue on the trail for 0.16 mile to
Turtleback Falls on the left. At 1.89 mile from the trailhead, cross a stream
and continue 0.1 mile to where the trail ends at Drift Falls.