Fall Creek Falls, Mayo River State Park

Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls is a wonderful addition to the North Carolina state park system.

Take a look at any of the current guidebooks to North Carolina waterfalls, and changes are that you won’t find any information–beyond perhaps a brief mention–of Fall Creek Falls in Rockingham County, N.C. One reason for this oversight may be that Fall Creek Falls is a bit of an outlier as waterfalls go. Most of the state’s large waterfalls lie further west in the mountainous section of the state, while Fall Creek Falls is situated in the Piedmont, not far from the state line above Mayodan, N.C. Another reason Fall Creek Falls may not have made the guidebooks is the simple fact that it has only recently left private hands to become part of Mayo River State Park. The waterfall, which is located in an outlying section of the park near the state line, tops out at about 18 feet with plenty of waterflow, at least during wet periods. The waterfall actually has two channels, which both drop over a large rock face that measures about 50 feet from end to end. The main channel creates a beautiful curtain of water due to its near vertical drop. The secondary channel has more of a stair step look at the water plunges over a series of small ledges. I took the photos that accompany this article several weeks ago before the leaves were on the trees.

View from top of Fall Creek Falls

View from top of Fall Creek Falls

View of entire rock face

View of entire rock face

View of the main falls

View of the main falls

View of the falls on the secondary channel

View of the falls on the secondary channel

Closeup view of the main falls

Closeup view of the main falls

Directions: If you're traveling north on US 220, look for the Smith Road exit about five miles before the state line. Turn left on Smith Road. (Or conversely, turn right, if you are traveling south on US 220.) Follow the road for approximately 4.5 miles until you arrive at its intersection with Anglin Mill Road. Turn left and go a few hundred feet until you see the building for the North Stoneview Volunteer Fire Department on your right. (When I visited the waterfall, a Turkey Shoot sign was out in front of the building.) Turn right onto DeChazo Mill Road, just past the volunteer fire department. Follow the road until you cross over a one-lane bridge. Just past the bridge, you will come to the trailhead, which has a series of small posts (meant to discourage ATVs) beside the road. From the trailhead, it is approximately a quarter of a mile to Fall Creek Falls.

--Mark Caskie

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