Drift Falls

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Please note, with the upgrades to Gorges State Park, the trail to Rainbow Falls described below has been rerouted.  It is not longer accessible from Hwy. 281.  The guide will be updated soon.


Drift Falls is a huge slide waterfall on the Horsepasture River. While the fall itself is on private property, you can view Drift from below. But do not cross the property boundary, as they are serious about this.

From Cashiers, take Hwy. 64 East to Hwy. 281 South. Travel one mile and park in the Gorges State Park lot. Walk back out to the road, and follow the path to the left as it parallels the road and winds into the woods. After approximately one-half mile, the trail meets the river. For Drift Falls, follow the path to the right for another quarter-mile or so until you meet a wooden fence. Make your way to the water again and view the falls. Be sure to respect the property boundary.

While on the river, be sure to check out the other falls, Turtleback and Rainbow. Windy Falls is way downriver and worth the day-long trip.