East Fork Falls, also part of Headwaters State Forest, is located between DuPont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park. The easiest way to find this waterfall is to drive West on US 276 for 3.5 miles, from Cedar Mountain. Turn left onto East Fork Road, which is also the back entrance to the Connestee Falls Development, and drive 6 miles until you see a wide place to park on the left side of the road. The trailhead starts at the blue trashcan. I kid you not. Look for it and you’ll find the trail.
We got to East Fork Falls, the first time, about mid-morning which resulted in an interesting shot of the sun waking up over the falls, as shown above. As I recall, there wasn’t a good place to stand to get this shot, so I sat on a limb and used my knees as my tripod. There really wasn’t a good place to set up a tripod for the photo
On down the trail, we tried to find a spot where we could get a better angle on the falls, but the water was ruling everything we did. This was about the only spot where we could grab additional photos of cascades on downstream. There are a lot of different places to photograph East Fork Falls, so make plans to visit this new State Forest regularly.
A month or so later, we made our way back to East Fork Falls in the afternoon. As you can tell from the image, capturing the falls in the afternoon made all the difference in the world. Here again, weather plays an enormous part in both photographing & finding these waterfalls. With less rainfall, I was able to use my tripod when taking the second set of photos, except that I did have to hold it in place with my foot. Sometimes you have to adjust your thinking along with your settings to get a photo worth sharing.
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