Mountain Falls near I-26

 

"This road is not for novice riders.  It is not for sissies.  There are very few guard rails.  Death and danger lurk around every curve."

Shunkawauken Falls on White Oak Mountain Road, near Columbus, NC off I-26 not far from the NC / SC border.
Shunkawauken Falls on White Oak Mountain Road, near Columbus, NC off I-26 not far from the NC / SC border.

"Shunkawauken Falls cascades down the side of White Oak Mountain, and is an unusual fall in that most falls of this magnitude do not occur this close to a mountain's summit. At this point, most streams are mere trickles. There is a small plateau on the summit of White Oak Mountain containing several small ponds which give Horse Creek its unusual size."  http://www.carolinatrails.com/NorthCarolina/Polk/Shunkawauken/Shunkawauken.htm

A far away, but decent view of the falls can be found in downtown Columbus, from point such as the Food Lion parking lot, especially in the winter and in wet weather."   https://www.wncwaterfalls.info/waterfall/1047/Shunkawauken_Falls 

 

 See the photo at http://www.carolinatrails.com/NorthCarolina/Polk/Shunkawauken/Shunkawauken.htm


Shunkawauken Falls, 4 miles off I-26.
Shunkawauken Falls, 4 miles off I-26.

"Are you looking for a fun motorcycle ride near Asheville, North Carolina or Greenville, South Carolina or Charlotte, North Carolina or Spartanburg, South Carolina or Tryon, North Carolina?  Can you find your way to Columbus, North Carolina?  Columbus is the county seat of Polk county.  If you are traveling west on Interstate 26, Columbus is the first exit across the South Carolina North Carolina state line.  It is exit number 67.  From downtown Columbus, ride up to the top of White Oak Mountain. ... This road is not for novice riders.  It is not for sissies.  There are very few guard rails.  Death and danger lurk around every curve.  There are plenty of curves. There are plenty of extreme curves.  When you get to the top, you can see all the way to Walt Disney World. ... The highlight of the ride will certainly be Shunkawauken Falls on Horse Creek."  http://rondclimer.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-waterfall-motorcycle-destination.html


  

"Shunkawauken Falls is a roadside 150-foot tall waterfall just outside Columbus (near Tryon and Saluda) on the twisting, scenic White Oak Mountain Road. Along the way, see some panoramic vistas as you climb 2,000 in elevation in five miles to the top of the mountain. ... Start your drive up White Oak Mountain Road at the First Peak Visitor Center for Polk County in downtown Columbus (20 East Mills St). From the center parking area, turn right onto Houston Road. Drive a short distance and Houston Road will fork to the right. Then turn left onto White Oak Mountain Road."  https://www.romanticasheville.com/shunkawauken.htm

 

"The winding road crosses the falls in 2 places for easy, drive-by viewing. There isn’t room to park or walk along the road. Continue up the road .7 miles to Sunset Rock overlook. Enjoy the views, then head back down the way you came."  https://www.visitnc.com/listing/shunkawauken-falls