Wednesday, 18 December 2019 19:52

Living Waters Retreat

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From the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway that runs between the Blue Ridge Parkway and US Highway 64 through Pisgah National Forest, you'll see four waterfalls and cascades along a riverside hiking trail at the religious retreat named Living Waters in the Balsam Grove community. Visitors are welcome to see the falls and there is some room for roadside parking at the signs that say "Private Property, Enter at Own Risk." To the left of these signs is a short trail that leads to the riverside trail. It's a heavenly walk for waterfall lovers and super easy for all to enjoy!

After reaching the trail by the river, walk a few steps to the right to see a gorgeous twin waterfall featuring French Broad Falls and Mills Shoals (also called Shoal Creek Falls), both about 15 feet high. This is the intersection of the north fork of the French Broad River and Shoal Creek. There are boulders to sit on to soak in this beautiful setting behind an old mill that is now part of the retreat.
From the twin waterfall, turn around and follow the riverside trail downstream to see more cascades and Bird Rock Falls, also known as Cathedral Falls. There are several side trails to the right for picnic spots and up-close views of the rushing water.

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