If you’ve ever been in Cashiers, NC in the summer and headed south on NC 107, you’ve probably run into a crush of cars and people about 4 miles out of town. You’ve found the inadequate parking area for Silver Run Falls. If you’re coming north on NC 107 from South Carolina, you’ll run into the crowd about 4.5 miles from the state line.
This recreation area is well-marked and maintained by the Forest Service. The short trail, 100 yards, is wide, graveled and well-maintained. You’ll hear the waterfall as soon as you get out of your car and you’ll see it as the trail approaches a bridge over the Whitewater River as it starts its five-mile meander over to make its leap of Upper Whitewater Falls. Silver Run Creek meets the Whitewater right at the bridge.
Continuing on, the trail presents the waterfall from two locations. One is alongside the base pool and the other takes you on closer to the rock face so you get an oblique view of the cascade. Silver Run Falls is a gorgeous waterfall although only about 25 feet tall. An overhanging lip sends the broad course of water into a plunge that ends about half way down the inclined rock face, which then directs the flow into a large and deep base pool.
There is little wonder why this is such a popular spot.