Shunkawauken Falls

Shunkawauken Falls, Columbus: Address, Shunkawauken Falls Reviews: 4/5

Shunkawauken Falls
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sc40sumthin
Greenville, SC762 contributions
beautiful falls along the roadway
Jun 2021
Beautiful falls along the roadway - worth the drive up the curvy mountain road. Nice view from the top of the mountain not much farther than the falls.
Written June 14, 2021
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Sherry S
High Point, NC6 contributions
Sister get away weekend
Oct 2019
Beautiful area, relaxing area, great restaurants, great shopping, walking trails and site seeing areas to get great pictures and places to stop for a picnic
Written September 17, 2020
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ChazPirate
9 contributions
Wonderful Views and friendly locals
Jul 2020 • Couples
Enjoyed the view and the drive. It is very nice that the locals have provided pull offs for polite visitors to enjoy. They came out to talk and were quick to say they weren’t here to run you off.
Written July 4, 2020
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larryg425
Zionsville, IN188 contributions
The amazing thing is how this much water flows from the top of a mountain
Nov 2019
An interesting drive up the mountain in this residential area. Parking is limited, but the waterfalls is roadside. On the way up near the falls the lower falls can also be viewed.
Written November 30, 2019
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Parker Sturbridge
799 contributions
Parker says "Nice, high, mountain falls"
Jul 2019 • Family
Not a lot of viewing space, but this is a great stop off point on your way up to the top of Tryon Peak. Check it out from below too, if the water is running and you're in the right place.
Written July 20, 2019
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NCMstGardner
Columbus, NC64 contributions
Take care!
Sep 2018 • Couples
Perhaps one of the highest waterfall in NC before the road cut it in half. In the rainy season, the 150 ft drop above the road is still quite impressive. There is really no place to park but there is little traffic so you can stop on the side of the the road. The road is narrow and winding so be very very careful. Sadly, a few years back, a letter carrier ran off the road and was killed.
The hazardous drive prevents me from a higher rating.
Written January 16, 2019
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Tony T
Forest City, NC278 contributions
Tony
Jan 2019 • Friends
Awesome road side falls but there is not a lot of parking an you have to walk in the road ! But it’s a great waterfall I have been 7 or 8 times !
Written January 16, 2019
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LMF1965
Charlotte, NC194 contributions
WOW!
Jan 2019
This is an incredibly beautiful set of falls: so powerful and stunning but be forewarned!! There is no parking to see them and if you park in the middle of the road, there is actual a sign that says 'its illegal to park in the road" and the falls are on private property although well able to be seen from the road. The trip up the road to see the falls close up is hair-raising curves: back and forth and huge altitude increases: made us a bit car sick. But the falls themselves were unreal!! Incredible!
Written January 15, 2019
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Sburris65
Simpsonville, SC2,485 contributions
Waterfall hunting made easy.
Nov 2018 • Solo
After taking the easy hike at nearby Pearson's Falls, I decided to stop by this fall on my way out.

The falls can be found from White Oak Mountain and gets its start at Horse Creek and is actually a noncontinous series of falls that drop more than 1000 feet to the valley below. Shunkawauken Falls is a 150 beauty that is just on the side of the road!!

The falls can be found a few miles from downtown Columbus. The best thing to do is put White Oak Mountain Road in your GPS and just follow the road. Let me warn you this road is quite curvy and more than one hairpin turn will have you tummy doing belly flops. Do not even try to speed on this road. And your car should be in good shape, especially the brakes!! The falls are almost at the top of the road. The best thing to do is take the road to the top. There is an overview across from a condo complex. It gives you stunning views of the mountains and Columbus. There is room to park here. After taking pictures, hit the waterfall on the way back. The fall will now be on your left and just past that in a curve is an area to pull over and get out.

The falls here are stunning. Especially after a full rain like we just had. And this is waterfall hunting made easy and anyone can access these falls. Here in NC we have some estimated 500 falls and many of them can be accessed by the public. But a large portion of them require a hike to see them. So those with mobility issues are often left out. But nope not here. Just be careful driving and this road should not be accessed in bad weather. There are no guardrails along the road.

If you would like to find out more about NC's waterfalls there are a number of books and website out there and they offer directions to the falls. I use a waterfall guide by photographer Kevin Adams.

*nearby falls*. There are several other falls in the area. In nearby Saluda there is Pearson's Fall which is an easy 1/4 mile hike to the beautiful 90 foot falls (I have a separate review on that) and Bradly Falls but it does require crossing water and it is not suggested when the water will be full after rains so I didn't try.

This is certainly worth t if you are in the area. Columbus/Tryon/Saluda are amazing cities to visit offering shopping and dining. And lots of wonderful B&B's. So it is worth coming up for the weekend and getting out and exploring.
Written November 25, 2018
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Doug B
Charleston, SC28 contributions
roadside waterfall
Jul 2018
While this was nice if you are already nearby, I am not sure I would drive hours to see it. It's a good ways up the road on the hillside and limited parking. That being said, it was still pretty cool. I am still baffled on where the water comes from cause it is kind of at the top of the mountain.
Written August 6, 2018
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