North Carolina Waterfalls

Recently, we had the opportunity to spend a month in the mountains of western North Carolina.

We had the opportunity to do many things which I may write about later. This post is about the beautiful waterfalls.

In the Transylvania County/Pisgah National Forest area near Brevard North Carolina, there are over 250 waterfalls.

I’m only going to write about a few of the most popular ones and ones that we visited.

RAINBOW FALLS is on Horsepasture River and is also called High Falls. It got the name Rainbow Falls because of the large amount of mist that rises from the falls and creates rainbows. Once you get to the observation deck, you’ll appreciate that mist! From the parking lot, it’s about 1-1/2 mile walk to the falls, but there are a lot of hills and stairs to climb. If you go, take lots of water. Take your time and if you have them use walking sticks, they help.

TURTLEBACK FALLS is just a little farther on the trail from Rainbow but we didn’t know it at the time and missed that one.

LOOKING GLASS FALLS is 35 feet wide and drops 65 feet. It’s named Looking Glass because in the winter a reflective layer of ice forms on it. You can see it from the observation deck near the road or walk down to the base.

We haven’t done it yet, but in the summertime, we’re going to do SLIDING ROCK. It’s a 60-foot natural water slide. You put on a pair of cut off shorts and slide down to the 60-degree pool of cool water. There is a fee to do this. I believe it’s around $3.

MOORE COVE FALLS is a fairly high waterfall that goes over a rock shelf that you can walk under and be behind the falls. It’s a nice hike to get to it. Not too long or too steep.

Also located in Pisgah Forest is TWIN FALLS. As you can probably guess, it’s named that because there are two falls there.

At 411 feet tall WHITEWATER FALLS is called the ” King of Waterfalls “. It’s the highest waterfall in the eastern United States. The drive to the parking lot is easy to miss. There’s a sign that says Nantahala National Forest but nothing about Whitewater Falls. From the parking lot, it’s an easy half mile or so walk to the observation deck. There are also some steps that you can take down to the base but you have to be willing to walk back up them. That day we were not!

This whole area is either part of the Great Smokey Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Recreational area and maybe some more. Dupont is where the Hunger Games was filmed in the summer of 2011. Triple Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the covered bridge at High Falls were the backdrops for some of the scenes.

If you Google “waterfalls near Brevard North Carolina you can pull up a list of area waterfalls and it will give you a website for each one, directions and a phone number.

The whole area is beautiful, so take your hiking shoes, water bottles and go enjoy the mountains of western North Carolina.

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