Upper and Lower Rhapsodie Falls
To continue up to Upper Rhapsodie Falls (both these
names come informally by way of a fellow hiker at
ncwaterfalls.com), continue in the same direction,
crossing across the base of the waterfall and leaving
opposite where you came in. The trail up the right side
of the falls is steep, but keep putting one foot in front
of the other and soon you'll come to the base of Upper
Rhapsodie Falls. This beautiful cascade is about 70
feet high. It's a great spot for lunch. There are
interesting stacked rocks that bring Stonehenge to
mind. Pause here a while.
Two little-known waterfalls in the
wilderness east of Panthertown
Valley offer an adventure for the
serious hiker.
Difficulty (1-5):
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Trail time:
Driving time:
x miles round trip
x feet
2.5 hours round trip
45 min round trip
Directions to trailhead: From the main entrance to
Lake Toxaway Estates, travel east on Highway 64. Turn
north on Highway 281 and drive 1.3 miles. Bear left on
Slick Fisher Road. Drive about 4.5 miles until it emerges
back onto 281. Turn left and drive about ¼ mile. After
the trout farm on the left, turn left on an unnamed road
marked with a sign for Trails Carolina. Pass the camp
entrance and park where the road ends. The hike
begins on the gated road on the left.
last stretch from the base of Lower Rhapsodie Falls to the
base of Upper Rhapsodie. The trail is steep at times and
crosses a low creek several times, so bring sturdy shoes
that will keep your feet dry. A hiking stick may help with the
rock hopping over the creeks.

The trail starts level
behind the metal gate at the trail
intersection. Continue on the trail you're on, to the
right. Cross several small streams. At one point a
big tree has fallen and blocks the path...there is a
workaround to the right. Soon after this big tree,
about a mile from the railhead, look for a trail that
splits to the left. It's a narrow, defined trail. Take that
trail and very soon,
pass a small camp site. The next
creek crossing is the West Fork of the French
Broad River, and it’s easy to lose track in this
section. Don’t be tempted by a series of orange
surveyors’ flags leading up Dismal Creek. Instead,
as the trail bears to the left in flat area, look for a
defined trail through the woods up to the right.
That's the trail to Lower Rhapsodie Falls.
So - at the turn after the West Fork, look for a trail
ascending to the right. After a couple hundred
yards, you’ll see a spur leading you down to the
Again, leave opposite where you came in. Scramble up
the hill a bit, then take the trail downhill. Soon you'll
rejoin the trail you hiked in on. Retrace your steps to the
parking area.
Upper Rhapsodie Falls, 2011
Lower Rhapsodie Falls, 2011
Lower Rhapsodie Falls, 2011