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Discover the Hidden Gem of Melrose Falls Just Across the Border

Posted on by SCNPS Website Team

Join us for a captivating journey to Melrose Falls, a stunning, lesser-known waterfall nestled near Saluda, North Carolina, just across the South Carolina border. This field trip, led by Dan Whitten, offers an enchanting opportunity to delve into the natural splendor and botanical importance of this area.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Difficulty: Moderate, 1.5 miles roundtrip

About the Hike:

Embark on a moderately challenging hike to Melrose Falls, where the beauty of cascading waters and lush forests awaits. This trail, while rewarding, is advised for attendees to bring walking sticks due to uneven paths. The hike is relatively flat following an initial ascent and includes crossing small creeks, surrounded by native muscadine vines. At the trail’s end, a steep descent leads to a rocky viewing area, providing a spectacular view of the waterfall’s numerous cascades.

Expert Guidance:

Dan Whitten, a local expert in native plants, will enrich this experience with his insights into the ecological and cultural significance of the area. His knowledge extends to the role of native flora in local ecosystems and folklore, making this trip not just a hike, but a learning opportunity.

What to Bring:

  • Appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather
  • Lunch and plenty of water
  • A camera or binoculars 

Safety and Accessibility:

Please note that the trail includes some rock-hopping and a steep descent near the falls, which may not be suitable for all participants, especially families with small children. Attendees are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear and exercise caution.

Registration and Additional Information:

Spaces are limited, so early registration is recommended. Full details, including the meeting point and any additional instructions, will be provided a week prior to the event in the final itinerary.

For more information and to register, please contact

This field trip to Melrose Falls is more than just a walk; it’s an immersive experience into the heart of nature. We look forward to sharing this hidden gem with you and exploring the breathtaking landscapes that lie just beyond our familiar borders.