Drift Falls is also known as Driftwood Falls, Bust Your Ass Falls, and Bust Ass Falls. Assuming you’ve hiked as far as Turtleback Falls, then you’re a mere quarter mile further uphill from Drift. But AARP hiker beware – you’ll need to climb quite a few more steep steps to reach Drift Falls.
I had never been to Drift Falls and thought it was overshadowed by all the debris lying around. In the month of February alone, we had 10″ of rain in the area. Gorges State Park gets about 80+ inches of rainfall every year, so the cascades in Gorges should all be flowing rather well.
On river left, there’s a big Private Property sign that ruins some of the photo opportunities at Drift. I do not condone hiking over private property, so finding that perfect image can get tricky. I was able to take quite a few pictures that didn’t include the sign.
I have my sights set on returning to the Horsepasture River Basin in the future, and visiting these three cascades again. I used to believe I couldn’t get a good, decent photo unless it was a bright sunny day. Then I made a complete turn around and wanted desperately to shoot waterfalls on cloudy days. Now, I really do not care what the weather brings, unless it’s raining and then it’s indoor sports for me. Most times that means there’s a brewery involved. These three falls in Gorges are amazingly beautiful – stunning actually. Build up your stamina and get to these three cascades! They will not disappoint.