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Thousands of NC waterfalls can be found throughout the Western Carolina mountains and most are easily accessible by well-maintained footpaths.  There are over 250 in Transylvania County alone (known as the land of the waterfalls)with many located within the Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Forest and Gorges State Park.  Virtually every North Carolina river begins or ends with a waterfall, some extending as high as 400+ feet.  Any visit to the NC mountains must include at least one visit to the spectacular North Carolina waterfalls they have created.  
 
 
Land of the Waterfalls Camera Club   The Land of Waterfalls Camera Club was organized in the fall of 2006 for photographers in the Brevard and Transylvania County area of Western North Carolina. The club’s orientation is towards the craft of making high-quality images. The club is open to all photographers, digital or film, beginner or advanced, interested in learning, growing and improving their photography.
 
 
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Crabtree Falls
Crabtree Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway This 70 foot waterfall is accessed from the Crabtree Falls Camping area via a 2.5-mile moderate loop hiking trail of moderate to strenuous difficulty. The hike takes you through a pristine forest to beautiful views of the waterfall as close as you care to get. The loop trail follows beautiful Crabtree Creek after you pass the waterfall.

Directions:   One the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 339.5 west of Little Switzerland.
 
Cullasaja Falls
Cullasaja Falls near Highlands and Franklin NC Cascading about 250 feet Cullasaja Falls is a fitting climax to the trio including  Bridal Falls  and  Dry Falls as you proceed west form Highlands. The falls can be viewed from the highway but there is no designated parking area. There is an extended wide spot pull off for 3 or 4 cars. The trail to the base of the falls is steep and rocky and recommended for the experienced only.


Directions:
 On US-64 between Highlands and Franklin, about 8 miles from Highlands on a narrow curving 2-lane road.
 
Dupont State Forest Waterfalls
Triple Falls, High Fals and Hooker Fals are located in Dupont State Forest near Brevard NC High Falls is the largest of the Dupont falls with a 150-foot cascade down an inclined plane of granite. Triple Falls offers three cascades with a total 120-foot drop. Hooker Falls includes a popular spot for wading and swimming in Casade Lake at the foot of the 11-foot waterfall. A three-mile roundtrip hike (mostly level with a couple of climbs) on a pet-friendly trail takes you to all three beautiful waterfalls.

Directions:   From Brevard turn east on U.S. 64 for 3.7 miles to the Texaco station in Penrose. Turn right on Crab Creek Rd and continue 4.3 miles to right on DuPont Road for 3.1 miles. The Hooker Falls parking lot is on the right just before the Little River bridge. One mile past this parking area is the larger High Falls parking area with restrooms and water.
Hickory Nut Falls ( in Chimney Rock Park)
Hickory Nut Falls Hickory Nut Falls is in Chimney Rock Park, now a state owned park,  in the western part of Rutherford County in between Lake Lure and Bat Cave. The falls are a series of drops for better than 900 feet. The main falls swoops over a granite ledge and drops some 400 feet to the pool below. 

Directions: From Hendersonville, take US-64 to the intersection of US74-A, turn right to the park entrance (well signed) which will be on your right a few miles down along the Broad River.
Linville Falls
Linville Falls is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway At the head of the Linville Gorge is the famous Linville Falls which is actually two falls: Upper Falls (50 feet) and Lower Falls (60 feet). Two main hiking trails lead to beautiful views of the Linville Falls. Both begin at the Linville Falls Visitor Center, which is operated by the National Park Service. The An information station at the parking lot has brochures about the falls you should read before you start the climb. The trails range in difficulty from moderate to strenuous.
Directions: 
Off the Blue Ridge Parkway between at milepost 316.3.  Access to the Falls can also be obtained from the Kistler Memorial Highway, 105. At the Linville Falls Community, take NC 183 for 1/2 a mile. Turn right on NC 105. Go 1/10 of a mile to the parking lot on the left. The Linville Falls trail is .5 miles long and connects to the Park Service trail system.
Looking Glass Falls
 One of the most popular falls in Western North Carolina, Looking Glass Falls are 60 feet tall and easily viewed. The name "Looking Glass" comes from Looking Glass Rock, where water freezes on its sides in the winter and then glistens in the sunlight like a mirror or looking glass. Steps lead down to the falls, and photo spots are also located along the railing near the road. You may walk on  the rocks or wade in the stream below the falls, and even  swim underneath the falling water.
Directions:
  Located directly on U.S. 276. From Brevard take U.S. 276 north about 5 miles past the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. The falls are on the right.
Mingo Falls (Big Bear Falls)
 Mingo Falls on the Cherokee Indian Reservation is an impressive 120 foot drop,  one of the tallest and most spectacular in the southern Appalachians. The waterfall is accessed by Pigeon Creek Trail, a short .4 mile hike which is moderately difficult.

Directions:  From downtown Cherokee take U.S. 441 to Acquoni Road, which runs beside the Oconaluftee River. At the Saunooke Village shopping center  turn right onto Big Cove Road for about 5 miles to the signs for Mingo Falls Campground. The waterfall is adjacent to the campground.
Pearson's Falls
Pearson's Falls in a pristine forest setting between Tryon and Saluda Pearson's Falls are located on private property and a small fee is charged for access. The falls have a total descent of about 100 feet. Access to a wildflower garden with adjacent picnic tables is included in the admission fee. The remarkable botanical diversity and the beautiful waterfalls in this peaceful glen have attracted nature-lovers, botanists, artists and picnickers for many generations.  Visitors today can enjoy the falls and native wildflower garden, as well as the over 200 ferns, flowering plants, algae and mosses of Pearson's Falls by hiking the quarter-mile Glen Trail. The trail is well-maintained and an easy to moderate hike suitable for for all ages.
Directions:
 
Take US-176 south from Saluda or north from Tryon to Pearson Falls Road (about 4 miles). The parking area is 3.5 miles away along a well-maintained gravel road.
Whitewater Falls
Whitewater Fall is the highest falls east of the Rockies(Upper) Whitewater Falls, located in the Nantahala National Forest near Cashiers, NC, drops over 411 feet and is the highest falls east of the Rocky Mountains.  (Lower Whitewater Falls, located just across the border in South Carolina, drops another 400 feet)  The rugged terrain around these two waterfalls remains wild and undeveloped.  A paved, accessible 100 yard path leads from the parking lot to the upper overlook with an excellent view of Whitewater Falls.  A lower overlook is located at the bottom of 154 wooden steps. 
Directions: From Brevard NC take US 64 west for about 18 miles and turn left on Whitewater Road. Continue 8 miles to the park entrance on the left.
 
Other NC Waterfalls
Glen Falls   From Highlands, travel 3 miles south on NC 106. Turn left on the U.S. Forest Service Rd. with the "Glen Falls" marker. The 1-mile trail to the falls is steep and rough. Glen Falls actually is a series of three large falls, each dropping approximately 60 feet

Silver Run Falls   From Cashiers take NC 107, 4.1 miles. Park in the pull-off on the left. There is a short, easy trail to the base of the falls.

Upper Creek Falls   Take NC 181 North 13.5 miles from Morganton. The parking area is on the right about 6 miles north of the Pisgah National Forest boundary.


 
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North Carolina Waterfalls   This site is written and maintain by a waterfall enthusiast who works and live in Asheville. There are 100s of photographs, directions and descriptions and the site is a great resource for planning your waterfall visits.
NC Waterfalls Map   An interactive Google map with links back to details and descriptions for the individual waterfalls.
 
 
Transylvania County Waterfalls
Connestee Falls. - Just south (about 6 miles) of Brevard on US-276, the twin falls (on your right) are about 110 feet high and are easily reached by a staired walkway. In fact, the walkway, up to a vantage point from which you can view the falls, is very nice, level, brick-paved, and ck-paved, and wheel-chair accessible. Connestee Falls are on private land and are accessible free of charge through the generosity of the owner. 828-885-2610. Rainbow Falls is for waterfall addicts. It is on private land and only accessible by a poorly marked, narrow, very rocky trail. The falls are some 200 feet high and, especially after the spring rains, are really worth the effort. The mist created by the water splashing furiously against all the rocks creates a permanent rainbow - hence the name. Take US-64 west from Brevard to NC-281. Turn left (south), another 2 miles and park on the side of the highway just before you cross the bridge. Horsepasture Falls. Named after the river, this is one of a series of magnificent waterfalls on the Horsepasture River. From Cashiers follow US-64 east 10 miles to Sapphire. Turn right on the 'Whitewater' Road and then south about 3 miles to the Horsepasture River.  Drift Falls. From Cashiers follow US-64 10 miles east to Sapphire. Turn right on the 'Whitewater' Road and then south about 3 miles to the Horsepasture River. Whitewater Falls. This set of two waterfalls is located 10 miles south of Cashiers NC NC-28 in the Nantahala National Forest of North Carolina. Whitewater Falls is really two waterfalls, the Upper (411 feet) and the Lower Falls (285 feet). This is the highest set of falls east of the Rocky Mountains having a total drop of almost 700 feet. There is a well maintained trail from the paved parking lot (complete with rest rooms) and it is an easy walk to the many vantage points. Cove Creek Falls. From its intersection with US-64 and NC-280 just east of Brevard, follow US-276 north about 5 miles to the Fish Hatchery (on your left). Turn left (this is  FR-475) and proceed to Cove Creek Campground. The falls is about a mile from the parking lot over a fairly decent trail. Slick Rock Falls. From its intersection with US-64 and NC-280 just east of Brevard, follow US-276 north about 5 miles to the Fish Hatchery (on your left). Turn left (this is FR-475) and continue another 1.5 miles to 475-B. Turn right, go another mile and you're at Slick Rock Falls. Just up the road at Cove Creek Campground is a short, 1 mile trail to Cove Creek Falls. And a little further on FR-475 is Daniel Ridge Falls, both of which you will want to see. High Falls (Pisgah National Forest) On the Mills River near Pink Beds, 135 feet of drop are probably enough of an inducement to get you to make the 2.5 mile, rugged hike (the trail is very rough and steep). No formal parking area has been constructed; you'll have to find a good spot along the road.  Take US-276 north from Brevard into Pisgah National Forest to Yellow Gap Road. There is a sign. Looking Glass Falls (Pisgah National Forest) Looking Glass Falls is actually a 30-foot wide cascade over a sloped 60-foot surface of polished granite (said to be the largest single granite rock in the southern Appalachian Mountains). Looking Glass Falls is on US-276 22 miles south of Waynesville and about 5.5 miles north of SC-280 in Brevard. The parking area is well marked on east side of the highway. It's just a short walk to the falls. You will surely want to continue a little further after looking at Looking Glass Falls: there is Moore Cove Falls and then Sliding Rock Falls. A little further and you will be on the Blue Ridge Parkway 
 
Great Smoky Mountains
National Park Waterfalls
Indian Creek Falls. From Bryson City, follow Deep Creek Rd. north about 3 miles to the Deep Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Height of falls is 60 ft. The one-mile hike to the falls is classified as "easy". Juneywhank Falls. Falls is one-quarter mile downstream on Indian Creek. Tom's Bramch Falls. From Bryson City, follow Deep Creek Rd. north about 3 miles to the Deep Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Tom's Branch Falls is an easy quarter-mile walk from the Deep Creek Campground. 
 
Stone Mountain State Park Waterfalls
Stone Mountain Falls. Accessed by a 1.2 mile trail, this mighty 200 foot drop waterfall is one of the most magnificent of the Carolina hydro-spectaculars.  The specially-constructed wood staircase, which allows safe access to the base of the falls, shows the concern of the NC Parks Division for your safety. And it certainly makes access so much easier than climbing down a steep, rocky (and probably slippery) trail - and back up again. But there are a lot of stairs to climb on your way up, so - be prepared. Two other falls are also on Big Sandy Creek: Middle Falls and Lower Falls. They are also accessible from the Stone Mountain Falls Trail*. They aren't as dramatic as Stone Mountain Falls but, if you love waterfalls, you will certainly enjoy them. 
 
 
 
Soco Falls
From Cherokee follow US-19 north about 6 miles to Soco Falls (located on slopes of Soco Bald). 
 
Cashiers area WaterFalls
Horsepasture Falls. Named after the river, this is one of a series of magnificent waterfalls on the Horsepasture River. From Cashiers follow US-64 east 10 miles to Sapphire. Turn right on the 'Whitewater' Road and then south about 3 miles to the Horsepasture River.  Toxaway Falls.  From Cashiers, take US-64 east. The highway passes over the falls (about 16 miles east of Cashiers). Drift Falls. From Cashiers follow US-64 10 miles east to Sapphire. Turn right on the 'Whitewater' Road and then south about 3 miles to the Horsepasture River.  Kiesee Falls.  Between Cashiers and Brevard, from Cashiers, travel 16 miles east on US-64, to Glouchester Road. Kiesee Falls is on Kiesee Creek in Balsam Grove. Courthouse Falls. From Cashiers, follow US-64 east 16 miles to NC-215. Turn right (north) and continue to Balsam Grove and Courthouse Creek. In the rugged wilds of the Beech Gap area on Courthouse Creek in the Beech Gap area of the Pisgah National Forest is this 45 foot high waterfall plunging into a secluded pool just like in a story book. A short, 0.3 mile trail of medium difficulty leads from the highway. Not wheelchair accessible.
 
 
 
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