The waterfall cleaningest day ever!


Grab your trash bucket, put on your gloves, and add your name to the oodles of waterfall lovers all over North Carolina who will spend March 20 picking up trash at our beloved waterfalls. Our goal is to clean up every significant public waterfall in the state on this day. You can help make that happen!

It’s easy to join the effort. Simply pick a waterfall and show up on March 20!


We have organized crews at 6 locations that need a lot of love. All these crews are now full, but the individual cleanup efforts at waterfalls will be just as important as our crew work. So, please come out and help! You do not need to register for the individual cleanups. However, we do ask that you send us a report after the cleanup so we know how many people participated and how much trash they picked up.


Individual Cleanup Locations

Choose any waterfall, anywhere in North Carolina!

Organized Crews

Tucker Creek Falls. Near Balsam Grove community. This site is a disaster zone. It’s a 0.4-mile stretch of land between a national forest road and Tucker Creek, beginning at Tucker Creek Falls. We will only make a tiny dent during the Waterfall Sweep, but we’ll keep coming back until it’s clean, no matter how long it takes.

Bernies Falls Trailhead. Near Lake Toxaway. The trailhead area for the hike to Bernies Falls has been used as an illegal trash dump. We’re going to try and remove all the trash from this site.

Parker Creek Falls. Near Balsam Grove community. For years, people have tossed household garbage over the bank near the top of this waterfall. We may not be able to remove all the trash in one visit, but we’ll give it our best shot. Some of the trash is easily picked up, but much of it requires negotiating the steep roadside banks. There are also some large items that will require strong backs.

Shacktown Falls. Near Yadkinville. We will clean up the parking area, slopes, and floodplain downstream from this popular waterfall. Scouts BSA Troop 219G from Guilford County, an all-girl troop, is providing all the labor for this cleanup.

Little Bradley Falls. Near Saluda. We will clean up the trailhead area and along the roadsides. Rotaract of Asheville is providing all crew members for this cleanup.

Carter Falls. Near Elkin. We will clean the trailhead area and trails leading to Carter Falls, as well as floodplain areas on both sides of the creek below the falls. We need a few people in the crew who won’t mind wading the creek. (Wade could be above the knees.)  


Thanks to the following sponsors for helping make our inaugural Waterfall Sweep a huge success!

In 2017, Transylvania County Tourism launched a sustainability initiative named “Transylvania Always.” Their mission is to be a leader in the effort to take care of Transylvania County’s natural resources in order to create a safe and enjoyable user experience and ensure that these assets are here for future generations.

Visit the Explore Brevard website to learn about all the exciting things you can see and do in Transylvania County!

Thanks to Lowes of Brevard for helping keep our waterfalls clean!

Thanks to Rotaract of Asheville for providing a crew for the Little Bradley Falls Trailhead cleanup!

Thanks to Scouts BSA Troop 219 for Girls for providing a crew for the Shacktown Falls cleanup!