There are several Twin Falls around, both in South Carolina and North Carolina; however, this particular cascade is one of the lesser cited since it is on private property. This, in itself, ought to be a crime. Several years ago, a developer attempted to develop the area around the falls but was only successful in getting one house built. Unfortunately, it is the lot immediately next to the waterfall. While you can get good photos of the waterfall itself, it is hard to ignore the “McMansion” that looms to your left.
Standing in at 100 feet or more, Twin Falls is formed when the Thompson River splits right at the precipice forming two distinct and impressive waterfalls. Each of these are, in turn, made up of two plunges. One is a little more than half way down the face to a ledge where the water is gathered and thrown over a second plunge to the base. There is no real base pool, just large boulders at the bottom. It is spectacular.
Although the falls are supposedly on private property, the approach described here does not encounter any signs or other markings preventing access. The trail is short, less than a couple of hundred yards long.
From the Whitewater Falls access at the North Carolina line, continue up NC 281 for 3.1 miles to Whitewater Church Road. Turn left and follow the road around to the church where Whitewater Church Road swings back around to the right and heads back out to NC 281. At the church, continue straight across to Upper Whitewater Road. At about 0.4 miles, you’ll cross a bridge, which marks the top of Slippery Witch Falls. Continue on for another 1.1 miles where you will see the house of your right below you.
You will immediately cross a bridge over the Thompson River. In about 50 yards, there is a large turnout on the left with an overgrown road coming in the back. Park here. Across the road, you’ll see a rough “driveway.” Take this as it moves into the woods. There is a trail at the top that moves off to the right. Ignore this as it will not take you to the base of the falls. The main trail now moves parallel to the river then pulls away as it moves down and around to bring the front of the falls into view.
As you turn back toward the falls lower down, you will come to a fork in the trail. The left fork will take you down below the falls so you can get straight-on photos. The right fork will take you to the side of the bottom of the falls. All the photos with this article were taken from this vantage point.
Click here for a panoramic video of Twin Falls and the adjacent mansion.