Dutch Creek Falls
According to the book Western North Carolina, a history (1730-1913) by John Preston, at this waterfall "the little stream spreads itself evenly over the surface of the precipice down which it slides rather than falls, forming a fine picture as seen from the gloomy gorge below." If the old postcards and photographs I've seen are of this waterfall, that just about sums it up, although there are some free-falling sections thrown in for good measure, and it ends in a nice pool. It's also somewhat of a twin waterfall in moderately high water, although in very high water I bet the two merge into one.
For some photos and a little more info, check out this page on the Blue Ridge Blog - old posts circa February 2005. This long-running blog is still active and you should check the rest of it out too.
- Height: 40 ft (estimate from photographs)
- Elevation: 2840 ft
- Stream: Dutch Creek
- Landowner: Private
- GPS: 36.188061, -81.788125
The falls appears to be right beside Dutch Creek Road, not far off of NC Hwy. 194 between Banner Elk and Valle Crucis. However, I believe this is on private property inaccessible to the public, with a house located at its top and bottom.