McGalliard Falls Park, Valdese

#35 of 52 in Wildlife in North Carolina Mountains
Must see · Park · Wildlife Area
McGalliard Falls is a waterfall in Burke County, North Carolina.
The waterfall is located on McGalliard Creek, where it flows over a large bedrock to a lower plunge pool.
The falls is owned by the town of Valdese, North Carolina, which has built a city park around the falls. The falls was the home to a mill called Meytre Grist Mill, which was built in 1906 by Fred Meytre. The mill remained in operation until 1941, when Mr. Meytre became too old to operate the mill without younger men, who were being called to serve during World War II. The mill was rebuilt in 1982 for the park.
The falls is located at McGalliard Falls Park in Valdese, North Carolina. The park may be found by taking exit 112 off of Interstate 40 and going north to Main Street in Valdese. Head west on Main Street for.8 miles and turn right onto Church St. Go north 1.5 miles to the turn-in for the park on the right. There is a short path to the falls.
Visitors should obey all rules at the park concerning the falls, and should not swim near or above the falls.
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  • This local park is a beautiful gem in Valdese. Just a short walk down to the falls is a great place for photos or a picnic.  more »
  • Great place for a quiet, relaxing and cool morning activity. No other visitors so we were able to walk around and enjoy the falls. The cool water and the sounds of nature was amazing.  more »
  • Nice small park. Looks like a great place for a family picnic but I saw an area in the park that it looked like someone was living that is why I took a star away. There is good parking area and covered picnic area.
  • The Falls area is beautiful, wish the trail down to the bottom was better, especially for children, it's very uneven, downhill and gravel. The old mill house there should be open as an educational building (just a thought!). Other than that it's a great place to see families relaxing and little ones playing in the water!

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