Waterfalls




Waterfalls and many cascades are located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala National Forest, around the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest and the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina, including the 411 feet Whitewater Falls which is the tallest series of falls east of the Mississippi.

Mountain Waters Scenic Byway - Beginning in Highlands, this approximately 61 miles of nationally-recognized byway winds through southern Appalachian hardwood forests, by numerous waterfalls and lakes and through two river gorges. Traveling from Highlands to Almond the Mountain Waters Scenic...

Bard Falls - This waterfall is a narrow tumble and cascade into a deep trough, that opens up and spills out into a deep pool - a fantastic swimming hole (if the water isn't super high). The waterfall...

Rufus Morgan Falls - A high, cascading slide in an pretty cove. It almost looks like it's coming off the top of a ridge rather than a stream valley. It's surprisingly difficult to get a good photograph of what...

Big Creek Falls - Water is squeezed around a cleft in some big, lichen-covered rock outcrops, then tumbles down a narrow, cascade into a round pool where the creek makes a 90-degree turn. The water is clear, and in...

Whitewater Falls - Whitewater Falls The upper drop consists of a short cascade followed by a free-fall, with most of the flow on the right but a few ribbons of water on the left. After the short run...

Drift Falls - A neat sliding cascade, which drops into a huge, deep pool. The far right side (facing upriver) drops into a hole of some sort and the falls gets much wider on its lower half. It...

Mingo Falls - The Spectacular Mingo Falls are located in Cherokee, NC and are over 120 feet high and are rated one of the most impressive waterfalls in Western North Carolina. The climb is steep with approximately 170...

Wilderness Falls - I've not found a reliable source (besides the name of the new trail) for its name, so we'll match it to the trail name. The waterfall is a high, steep slide with an open canopy...

Glen Falls - Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height (pictured here is the upper tier) for a total of about 145 feet of falling water. Each tier has its own character,...

Bull Cove Falls - An attractive, two-tiered cascade with some free-falling sections, across tilted rocks. While walking upstream to the falls on the last part of the trail, you'll pass some neat, high rock cliffs on the left. This...

Juneywhank Falls - A small but beautiful waterfall that is located only a few minutes hike form the Deep Creek Parking Area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A short and moderate hike will take you along...

Greenland Creek Falls - A beauty worth visiting. A steep cascade drops over a ledge onto an outcrop among boulders before shifting right, and dropping over another, smaller, cascade into a deep and wide pool. Large lichen-covered boulders surround...

Upper Bearwallow Falls - This is a long slide in two main parts. Only the lower part is visible from the overlook constructed by the park. It's a pretty nice falls, and the view from the overlook isn't bad...

Big Laurel Falls - The falls are not tall, but they are pretty, and spill into a neat little pool. It's in two sections - the upper is a short free fall with the lower section, which is taller,...

Mouse Creek Falls - Mouse Creek Falls pours into the larger Big Creek, which is one of the clearest and most pristine waterways in the Park. The combination of the two streams plus the huge, rounded boulders and lush...

Frolictown Creek Falls - A short falls but in a cozy setting, this one is worth a stop if you're on the main trail. Be careful if you cross the creek on the Deep Gap trail. It crosses directly...

Alarka Falls - This is a long tumbling cascade and slide, with a few free falling sections. Lots of ledges make for a bouncy ride on the way down, but it's far from vertical on the whole. Lush...

Big Shoals (Secret Falls) - This falls has long been known to locals as Secret Falls, but I doubt that's its true name. Also, the falls isn't much of a secret - it's an easy hike there - but I...

Rainbow Falls - Rainbow Falls is a beauty. Its combination of height and power are almost unmatched (save for Linville and Whitewater falls). The falls is know for its rainbows, which can be seen in the ample mist...

Granny Burrel Falls - This falls starts with a short drop, which goes into a very long, gentle slide into a deep pool. Many people have used the lower part of it as a natural waterslide, albeit a bumpy...

Indian Creek Falls - Indian Creek Falls is the largest waterfall in the Deep Creek area when it comes to the volume of water flowing across it. Of course the volume will vary throughout the year. There is a...

Schoolhouse Falls - This falls is not high, but it's absolutely beautiful and accessible via a fairly easy hike. A shallow cascade suddenly drops off a ledge in a free-fall a little wider than it is high, with...

Turtleback Falls - This falls is named for its shape, sort of like the domed shell of a turtle. It drops into a deep pool and some people use it for sliding. However, the water can be kind...

High Falls (Beech Creek) - The creek can have a decent flow during wet weather, but it spreads out wide across this bumpy rock outcrop, forming lots of little falls over the mini ledges and giving it lots of character....

Soco Falls - Soco Falls is located on the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) just beside US Hwy. 19, between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC - just west of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Soco Gap. Two creeks...

Catawba Falls - Catawba Falls is one of Western North Carolina's exceptional Blue Ridge waterfalls - one which is along the steep escarpment where the higher mountain lands drop off to the Piedmont areas below. It's located on...

Ranger Falls - This is an a small, steep, attractive cascade surrounded by laurel and rhododendron. Most of the water falls on the left side (looking up) when the water is low; a small stream also comes down...

Bridal Veil Falls - Bridal Veil Falls is unique in that you can drive behind them. US Hwy. 64 used to pass behind the falls until it was rerouted in front of the falls for safety. Dripping water would...

Eastatoe Falls - A combination of free falls and cascades. This is one of the most photogenic waterfalls around. The flow splits nicely as it comes down, before re-combining again to pour into the plunge pool at the...

Tom Branch Falls - Bryson City, NC - Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area. You can take a short hike along the main deep creek trail that my...

Cullasaja Falls - This impressive, multi-streamed cascade has a roadside view, but accessing it can be dangerous. US Hwy. 64 has cliffs on both sides and is narrow and curvy here. There is one small pull-off just downstream...