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Connestee Falls: In the Land of Waterfalls!
The Twin Falls Of Connestee Falls in the North Carolina Mountains
Connestee Falls is a pair of beautiful waterfalls in the North Carolina mountains.
Transylvania County, in North Carolina, has often been referred to as the "Land of Waterfalls." Brevard, North Carolina is the largest town in the county of Transylvania and is the home of many of these waterfalls, including Connestee Falls, Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Moore Cove Falls, High Falls, Twin Falls, Slick Rock Falls and quite a few more!
Connestee Falls got it's name from a Native American legend. According to the legend, Indian Princess Connestee nursed an Englishman back to health after he was injured by the Native Americans. The two often sat beside a waterfall together, talking and enjoying one another's company. Although they did become married, the Englishman was soon convinced that he should return back to his own people, leading a very heartbroken Princess to leap to her death at the waterfall.
Where Two Waterfalls Join - Carson Creek and Batson Creek join together at Connestee Falls.
From the viewing area, the falls on Batson Creek can be seen to your left.
The falls on Carson Creek is straight in front of the viewing area, which is only a few minutes walk from the parking lot. The two creeks meet at the bottom of these two falls.
Together they're known as Connestee Falls.
How To Get To Connestee Falls
From the intersection of US 64 and US 276 South in Brevard, drive 5.7 miles south on US 276. There will be a paved parking area on the right. Follow the very short trail which begins at the back of the parking lot to the observation deck.
The map below gives you a general idea as to the area. You can use your mouse to move the map around.
Map of the area around Connestee Falls
Other near-by Waterfalls
Where to Stay
There are many Bed and Breakfasts, Historic Inns, Hotels, Cabins and Cottages, Campgrounds, and rental properties available in the area.
One I highly recommend for campers is Ash Grove Cabins and Camping Resort. I stayed there in June of 2009 and it was wonderful! The campground that I stayed in was very secluded and shady. In fact, we could only see one other campsite from ours. To find out more about Ash Grove Campgound, you may wish to check out my review on it.
This excellent guide gives great tips on how best to photograph the waterfalls!
Hiking, Waterfall, and Backroads Guides To The Area Around Connestee Waterfall
- While you're in the NC Mountains, be sure and visit many of the other gorgeous waterfalls, or explore the backroads!
My husband and I have enjoyed trail and waterfall guide books for over 20 years. Some of the best trails, in our opinion, are those less known ones that are hidden away. The authors of most trail and waterfall guides explain just how to find these quiet, secluded trails, as well as at least a short trail description of each. We take one or more trail and waterfall guide books with us every time we go camping!
This book includes USGS topo maps, along with GPS coordinates, major intersections, etc. Trails are organized as half-day hikes, full-day hikes, trails for children and the elderly, etc.
This book is great for taking you places other books don't even mention!
More Photos of the Two Waterfalls at Connestee Falls!
Connestee Waterfall in the North Carolina mountains.
Batson Creek Waterfall