Yellow Jacket Falls

GPS for waterfall:  34.92763, -83.09035

Water source:  Crane Creek

Height:  approximately 30 feet (visible main drop only)


Yellow Jacket Falls was given its name by Rich Stevenson, who discovered a yellow jacket’s nest on his way to the base of the falls. Norm Arnold referred to this waterfall as Wagon Wheel Falls, for the large metal wheel rim found at the base.

From the side:


My friend, Bill, captured this image of the entire falls on our hike down to the base:


Also on Crane Creek, you will find Deadfall FallsProspector Falls, Crane Creek FallsSecret Falls, and Lower Crane Creek Falls.

Parking for these falls would depend on how you approach the hike.  There is parking at Lower Crane Creek Falls, and there is parking at the main Winding Stairs trail (see Miuka Falls).  Crane Creek also flows underneath Highway 107, and there is a pull-off there.  All of the waterfalls on Crane Creek are extremely difficult to reach (with the exception of Lower Crane Creek Falls), and should not be attempted by anyone who does not have a lot of experience in off-trail hiking and map reading.