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Get Into the Flow

by Brian o’Shea

Silver Run Falls is a year-round treasure, although spending time in its inviting pool at this time of year is a true test of mountain spirit.

Just off Highway 107 lies an epic oasis with an incredible waterfall and swimming hole approximately four miles south of Cashiers. The quarter-mile hike to Silver Run Falls is level, easy-breezy, and is all-age friendly.

Visitors can spend their day at the Falls any number of ways – take your lunch break on the beach or plop a chair in the water and relax for the day. The approximately 25-foot falls pours into an expansive swimming hole. While surrounded by trees, the area gets great sunlight from mid-morning to late afternoon for those willing to brave the waters.

Why brave the waters? It’s cold – think mountain streams cold – because that’s exactly what’s happening. That being said, if you can handle the brisk-water temps, the pool is an excellent spot to play in the falls. Or stay dry and just kick it on one of the several small beach areas surrounding the pool with some pretty sweet hammock set-up possibilities.

Rachel Slade was visiting family in the area and heard Silver Run Falls was a good day trip for the family.

“We really enjoyed Silver Run Falls, it was super fun for our daughter Ava especially,” said Slade. “The walk to the falls was short, which would have made it easy to take a cooler and snacks to hang out for a while.”

While Slade and husband Geoff relaxed on the beach, Ava spent her time searching for wildlife.

“Ava really enjoyed stomping around in the shallows and in the creek looking for critters,” said Rachel. “The water was a little too chilly for my liking, but I would certainly like to return when the weather is a little warmer.”

For those looking to climb to the top of the falls, there is a side trail on your left just before the pool with a short scramble to the top. There are no railings, signs, or fences; exercise common sense.

Silver Run Falls is a popular hangout during the season and can get crowded, but that tends to be over the weekends during the summer.

The trailhead is approximately four miles south of Cashiers off Highway 107 South. There are parking areas on both sides of the road, but space is limited – be cautious parking on the curve of the road.

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