Spoonauger Falls

Height: 50 feet
Trail Type: Dirt
Hike Distance: 0.75 miles round trip
Difficulty: 6
Beauty: 8


Spoonauger Falls is a nice falls along the Ellicott Rock Trail that follows the Chattooga River. Ellicott Rock is a really interesting story on its own, which I’ve documented in a couple of my books, Hang the Elephant and 100 Stories: The Lesser Known History of North Carolina. Spoonauger Falls is named for the Spoonauger family that lived above the falls and is a 50 falls that, like Kings Creek, drops over countless jagged mini rock ledges. If you look closely, you might be able to see families of bats that have crawled into the crevices in the rock during the daylight hours.


Same as for Kings Creek Falls. The trailhead is about .3 miles down Burrells Ford Road.

Hike Description:

The trail starts off as the Chattooga River Trail and follows the river for the first half of the hike. You’ll cross Spoonauger Creek and take the Spoonauger Falls trail to the right. The post says it’s only 0.1 miles to the falls from that point, but it’s easily twice that distance. The trail climbs up a couple of switchbacks before ending at the base of the falls. Even in modest flows, you can hop along some of the exposed rock to stand in front of the falls. But be careful, the rocks are still slick.

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