Yes, this can be done, even starting in Greenville, SC at 8 in the morning. First, head for Pickens then out on US 178 toward Rosman.
About 3.0 miles past the NC State line you will see a sign for Mountain Meadow on the left side of the road, that’s the entrance for Eastatoe Falls. Even with a stop along the way, it should still be 10 a.m. or earlier. It is a 100 yard hike.
Now, back in your car and into Rosman. From the intersection of US 64 and NC 215 just outside town, head east on 64 toward Brevard. In 5.4 miles, you’ll be at the turn to take you to Cathey’s Creek Falls. Basically, just a short scramble down the mountainside to the falls.
Time to retrace your steps. Back to US 64 and on back to the intersection of NC 215. Turn right on 215 And go north for 7.7 miles to the Living Waters Ministry. At the back of their property, you’ll find French Broad Falls, Mill Shoals Falls, Rooster Tail Falls, Lower Rooster Tail Falls and Bird Rock Falls. Total hike for all 5 waterfalls is less than a half mile.
Back in the car and head north again, up 215, for another 2.6 miles to FR 410. This gravel road will take you to the trailheads for both Chestnut Falls and Courthouse Falls. Chestnut Falls is the longest hike of the day at about 0.9 miles one way, Courthouse Falls is 0.4 miles one way.
If you’ve been counting, this is 9 waterfalls and it ought to be about 3 p.m. That will give you time to get back to Greenville by 5 p.m.
Now, if it Daylight Savings Time and you’re got another hour, you can add 2 more waterfalls. Back to NC 215 and head north once again, this time for 3.9 miles to FR 4663, which will take you to Dill Falls and Upper Dill Falls. The hike for Dill Falls is a hundred yards while the separate trail to Upper Dills Falls is a quarter of a mile.
There you go, 11 waterfalls in one day. And there is a not a mediocre cascade in the entire bunch, so make a day of it!