|Courthouse Falls and the Summy Cove Trail
After parking by the side of the road (see
directions below) cross the road to the
trailhead by a "Summy Cove Trail" marker.
The trail bears off to the right and begins to
ascend. It's fairly steep at this point but once
you're over the ridge it's easy the rest of the
way. Follow the blue blazes up over Big Fork
Ridge; when it intersects another trail turn right,
continuing to follow the blue blazes.
After about half hour you'll hear the water on the
right. Continue along the narrow trail. Eventually
you'll see a log in the trail that points to the right
(see photo) and this points to the side trail that
takes you to Courthouse Falls. Follow this trail
down and you"ll come to the base of the falls
and a swimming hole. Enjoy.
Back at trail, continue along in the same
direction as before and in about five minutes
you'll reach the car left according to the
directions below. If you didn't leave a car, turn
right on the gravel road and follow it for about 3
miles to SR 215, the turn right and continue for
another mile to your car.
|Copyright 2013 by Tony Austin
This waterfall is very near the
headwaters of the North Fork
of the French Broad River.
3 miles - leave car at
trail end & shuttle.
7 miles - walk whole
1.5 hrs (3 mi)
x hours round trip
Directions to trailhead: From the main entrance
to Lake Toxaway Estates on Hwy 64, go east 8