Lower Rooster Tail Falls is one of five named falls located on the property of Living Waters Ministry in Balsam Grove, NC. To get there, start at the intersection of US 64 and NC 215 in Rosman, NC and drive north for 7.7 miles where you will find Living Waters Ministry on the left. Park in the back of their parking near the “red chalet.” Before starting your hike, please check in with the staff of Living Waters and thank them for allowing you to visit their waterfalls. After you see these cascades, you’ll probably want to go back and really thank the staff one more time.
At the end of the parking lot, you’ll see a bridge crossing Mill Shoals Creek. Cross the bridge and continue past the front of the “red chalet.” You’ll think you’re going too far, but you will eventually finding a trail on the right which will take you to the back of the “red chalet” and a front view of French Broad Falls with Mill Shoals Falls immediately on your right.
Backtrack just a bit and follow the river downstream past the rock-walled “overlook,” past Rooster Tail Falls and its base pool to Lower Rooster Tail Falls. Although only 6 feet tall, it is pure plunge and is 25 feet wide, stretching across the entire river.
You will be able to get in front and get a nice photo of both waterfalls.