Shower Bath Falls acquired its name for being exactly what it says, a shower. This waterfall is within the confines of Camp Greenville and, before the camp had running water, campers would use the falls to take their showers.
To find this cascade, take US 276 to Caesar’s Head and continue past the park headquarters for another 2.6 miles. Look for the Camp Greenville sign at the intersection of Solomon Jones Road. Turn right and drive 4.2 miles to the entrance of Camp Greenville where the road will make a very sharp turn to the right. About 200 feet past this point, you’ll see a wooden handrail marking the trailhead on the right side of the road. Continue up the road another 100 feet where a sharp left turn will take you to parking for the dining hall. Park here and walk back down the road to the trailhead.
Descending the steps accompanying the handrail, you’ll be presented with a sign identifying the trail at the Arete Taylor Trail. A few switchbacks are used to lower the trail down to Cox Camp Creek. On the downstream ends of the switchbacks, you’ll hear a good amount of water music as the stream rushes through rapids on its way to the brink of 140-foot Rainbow Falls, just downstream.
The trail will switch away from the noise and bring you back to the stream and the waterfall. It is about 15 feet tall with a tiered top, followed by a 6 foot plunge and another 6 feet of tiers. Water flow will determine the number of segments. It is the plunge that was used by the campers as a shower. There is a small grotto behind the plunge big enough to get behind for some nice photos. A small base pool provides the finishing touch before Cox Camp Creek begins its noisy approach to Rainbow Falls.
All in all, Shower Bath Falls is a terrific little waterfall, a perfect place to take the kids on a warm day to let them play in the water.