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Broadwater Hollow Falls

Paige Falls and Broadwater Hollow Falls

If you have been a reader for any length of time on our blog it is no secret that I have an affinity for waterfalls. So when presented with the chance to visit two waterfalls in one trip I was ready to go. It seemed that after we got several inches of rain in the area would be a perfect time to head out to see Paige Falls and Broadwater Hollow Falls.

To reach these falls you will take Highway 43 out of Harrison. The road to reach the falls is marked and the sign will say NC2660. As you approach the town of Compton the road will be on your left. If you reach the city of Compton you have passed the road and will need to turn around and head back.

This is a county road but a word of caution is in order. The road is not paved and it is pretty rough. My 2 wheel drive SUV didn’t have any trouble but I would caution that it probably isn’t the best place to try and take that new sports car you just bought.

Follow the road for about 2 miles and you will see some places you can park. Walking a short way further along the road will take you around a sharp bend in the road to a low water crossing. This is the creek that runs down and creates both falls. The trail to the falls will be on your right just on the other side of the low water crossing. There is also a nice cascade to your left as you cross the low water crossing.

Cascade above Broadwater Hollow Falls

Cascade above Broadwater Hollow Falls

After crossing the creek there are several ways you can reach the falls. You can walk the rocks that line the creek, you can take the high trail which takes you along the creek, or there is a lower trail that takes you between two huge boulders. If you choose to take any other route than the high trail you will want to circle back to the high trail to get below the first falls you come to, which is Paige Falls. This route is easier than trying to climb down the rocks.

Paige Falls

Paige Falls

Paige Falls is the first waterfall on the trail. Paige Falls is about an 8 foot waterfall that flows between a cut in the rocks that line the creek. On this day the water was running higher than normal due to a large amount of rain we had in the area during the prior 36 hours. Normally the pool below the falls is clear, but on the day we were there, it was quite muddy from the runoff.

Closeup of Paige Falls

Closeup of Paige Falls

Once you have spent your time at Paige Falls it’s time to see Broadwater Hollow Falls. To reach Braodwater Hollow Falls you will need to climb back up to the high trail and follow it about 200 yards further downstream. The trail will lead down below the falls for a great view. The trail is a little steep and it was slick due to the rain the day we visited. Just be careful and wear good hiking shoes or boots and you should be just fine.

Broadwater Hollow Falls

Broadwater Hollow Falls

Broadwater Hollow Falls is about 21 feet tall and is a cascading waterfall. I talked Bill into standing next to the falls while I got the shot below.

Bill next to Braodwater Hollow Falls

Bill next to Broadwater Hollow Falls


Me setting up to shoot Broadwater Hollow Falls

Me setting up to shoot Broadwater Hollow Falls

Once you have seen the falls it is a short hike out and back to your car. On this trip we didn’t explore further down Broadwater Hollow but we may go back and do that on another trip when the weather turns cooler in the fall. Even though it wasn’t that hot on this day it was quite warm down in the lower elevations where there was no breeze.

This is a fun trip for the whole family. The hike is short so it isn’t too strenuous for the kids and the trail is not too bad for children either.

Below is a YouTube video of some of the photos from the trip, and also showing the drive out from the area.

Drive Out From Broadwater Hollow and Paige Falls area.

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