NORTH CAROLINA WATERFALLS
TWIN FALLS (3)
HENRY BRANCH & UNNAMED TRIBUTARY
Waterfall on Henry Branch
Waterfall on Unnamed Tributary
PHOTOS BY CHRISTIE W.
Driving Directions: From the intersection of U.S. 276,
U.S. 64, and N.C. 280 in Brevard, drive 2.2 miles to F.R. 477 on the right. Turn
right onto F.R. 477 and continue 2.5 miles to a small pullout on the right
directly before a power line crossing.
Hike down the orange blazed Buckhorn Gap Trail to a branch crossing in 0.27
mile. Shortly after this, an old logging road swings left. Stay straight and
continue 0.17 mile to a view of the waterfall on Avery Creek on the right. You
may choose to follow the scramble path to the base of the falls. However, if you
choose to return via the loop hike I describe, a much easier trail leads to the
base of the falls on the other side of the creek. At 0.67 mile, reach the
junction with the blue blazed Avery Creek Trail on the right. Turn right onto
the Avery Creek trail and continue a short distance to where both the blue
blazed Avery Creek Trail and the orange blazed Buckhorn Gap Trail turn left and
head upstream, while a horse trail continues straight and crosses the creek.
Continue on the Avery Creek Trail and Buckhorn Gap Trail to where it reaches the
creek at a log with a cut-out for foot traffic. Cross the log and turn left.
Continue on the trail to the junction of the Avery Creek Trail straight ahead
and Buckhorn Gap Trail on the right. Turn right onto the orange blazed Buckhorn
Gap Trail. In 0.73 mile from the trailhead, cross a foot log over Avery Creek
and yet another foot log in 0.74 mile. On the other side of the creek, a horse
trail comes in from the right. Turn left and head upstream. At 0.87 mile, cross
over a large rock with a tree growing out of it and cross another foot log. At
0.92 mile, cross another foot log and continue to the left upstream, ascending a
set of log steps. At 0.98 mile come to another creek crossing and the foot log
on the right. At 1 mile, reach a T junction, with a horse trail coming in from
the left. Turn right, crossing another foot log in 1.06 miles and another foot
log to the left in 1.11 miles and another at 1.13 miles. Reach the junction with
the Twin Falls trail on the left in 1.17 miles, which continues and crosses yet
another foot log. Turn left onto the Twin Falls trail. At 1.19 miles from the
trailhead, cross a small stream with a small waterfall upstream. Just beyond the
crossing, a spur trail on the left leads to the base of the waterfall. At. 1.22
mile reach the Twin Falls, with the waterfall on Henry Branch on the left and
the waterfall on an unnamed tributary to the right. Continue on the obvious
trail to the base of both falls.
To return using the loop hike, follow the
directions below. Otherwise, retrace your steps back to your vehicle. To
continue on the loop hike, back track to the intersection of the Buckhorn Gap
Trail and the Avery Creek Trail. In 0.46 mile from the Twin Falls, turn left
onto the Avery Creek Trail. Continue 0.17 mile to the Waterfall on Avery Creek
on the right. Continue on the Avery Creek Trail for 0.24 mile to the junction
with the Clawhammer Cove Trail, which continues straight. Turn right and cross
over Avery Creek on a foot log. At 1.06 miles from the Twin Falls, reach F.R.
477 and the signed trailhead for the start of the Avery Creek Trail. Turn right
onto F.R. 477 and continue 0.22 mile back to your vehicle.
Waterfall Mentioned in the Hiking Directions