High Swan Falls

High Swan Falls

This is a series of free-falls over several levels of ledges. In high water, this one looks really neat. Trouble is, Wolf Branch - the stream this one feeds into - is tiny, and this is only a tributary of it. So it needs lots of rain to look its best, and it's still not terribly photogenic due to the amount of deadfall across the falls.

Front view of the falls. There are two tiers of falling water above this you can only barely see with foliage on the trees.
Front view of the falls. There are two tiers of falling water above this you can only barely see with foliage on the trees.
Winter view, in which the top two tiers are visible.
Winter view, in which the top two tiers are visible.

Statistics

  • Height: 40 ft (estimate)
  • Elevation: 3180 ft
  • Stream: Tributary of Wolf Branch
  • Landowner: Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Ranger District
  • GPS: 35.661465, -82.445745

Map


Driving Directions

This waterfall is located to the southwest of Casita Falls on Wolf Branch. It requires bushwhacking to reach it, and the trail which takes you 90% of the way to the falls is terribly overgrown as of May 2017. It's probably not worth it.