First Falls

First Falls

First Falls thunders when the water is flowing, dropping about 60 ft against a massive rock face before veering river-left into a deep pool in a massive plume of spray, with picturesque rapids downstream. If 150 ft High Falls weren't just downstream, First Falls would be a destination in its own right. But as is, it's barely a footnote in descriptions of the former.


  • Height: 60 ft
  • Elevation: 3065 ft
  • Stream: West Fork Tuckasegee River
  • Landowner: Duke Energy
  • GPS: 35.202567, -83.159088


Driving Directions

This waterfall can be seen on the way to High Falls of the West Fork Tuckasegee River. See the High Falls listing for more details, including the hike to see this waterfall.