10 Must See Waterfalls In North Carolina Waterfall | Road Trip

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Pisgah National Forest

1. Looking Glass Falls

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Looking Glass FallsNick & Rachel

- Looking Glass Falls is located right off of U.S. 276. From Brevard, take U.S. 276 north, about 5 miles past the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. The falls will be on your right. You can park along the road or in the parking area. The falls can be viewed from an overlook near the road. No hike is required.

- No parking fee, picnic areas, or restrooms. Open year-round, dusk until dawn.

· Dupont State Recreational Forest

2. High Falls

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High FallsNick & Rachel

3. Triple Falls

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Triple FallsNick & Rachel

4. Hooker Falls

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Hooker FallsNick & Rachel

- All three waterfalls can be accessed via the High Falls Loop Trail in the Dupont State Recreational Forest. The High Falls Loop Trail begins at the High Falls Visitor Center (Address: 89 Buck Forest Rd, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718). The map says that the hike to all 3 waterfalls is around 3 miles but that is not if you do the entire loop as well. It turns out to be around 4-5 miles. Triple Falls is about ½ mile from High Falls and Hooker Falls is about ½ mile from Triple Falls. The parking lot is limited and fills up quickly.

- If you want to hike in from the Hooker Falls Access Area search for Hooker Falls Access Area, Parking lot, Dupont state forest, Hendersonville, NC 28739

- There are restrooms at the High Falls Access area and between Triple and Hooker Falls. No parking fee or camping. Picnic areas at High Falls Visitor Center. Open daily from 5am - 10pm.

· Brevard, NC

5. Connestee Falls

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Connestee FallsNick & Rachel

- From downtown Brevard, it’s six miles south on U.S. 276. Street address: 5388 Greenville Highway, Brevard, NC 28712. The parking lot is shared with a Real Estate office. It can be easily viewed from the ADA-accessible 50-yeard boardwalk to the overlook.

- No admission fee. Open year-round, dusk until dawn. No camping, picnic areas, or bathrooms.

· Cashiers, NC

6. Whitewater Falls

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Whitewater FallsNick & Rachel

- Right over the South Carolina state line. This one worked with Google Maps, just make sure it’s Cashiers, NC. The trail is ½ mile out and back. It follows a paved path to an upper overlook. This overlook is wheelchair accessible. The second overlook is at the bottom of 154 stairs. Both overlooks are beautiful and you get a great view of the falls but the second overlook is really amazing and great for pictures.

- There is a $2 fee (honor system) per vehicle. There are picnic areas and restrooms. No camping. Open dusk until dawn, year-round.

· Gorges State Park

7. Upper Bearwallow Falls

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Upper Bearwallow FallsNick & Rachel

- ½ mile out and back trail. Follow the blue diamond trail blazes.

- Address: 976 Grassy Ridge Rd, Sapphire, NC 28774

- From the State Park Visitor Center take the parking lot take the road on the left. There are signs pointing you in the direction of the parking lot. It is not difficult to find. This park is great with signage and maps.

- Gorges State Park Upper Bearwallow Falls Visitor Center and Parking, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747

- The park is open year-round, 7am to 9pm and the visitors center is open 9am – 5pm daily. There is no admission fee. Camping, picnic areas, and restrooms are available.

· Nantahala National Forest – Cashiers, NC

8. Silver Run Falls

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Silver Run FallsNick & Rachel

- From U.S. Highway 64 in Cashiers, go south on NC Highway 10 for four miles and look for the sign and parking area on left. The Google Maps directions for Silver Run Falls, NC worked for us.

- The parking lot is a small gravel patch for about 5-7 cars. The hike is an easy, light gravel path about ½ mile out and back. The waterfall cascades into a pool below. There is a small beach area that’s about ankle deep. Great spot to bring the kids. It is a popular swimming spot plan your time accordingly. It wasn’t crowded for us on a beautiful Labor Day weekend. This may be because of the lack of parking and you can’t really park on the shoulder of the road. Go slow when coming up on the parking lot because it can be easy to pass and hard to turn back around.

- There is no parking fee, camping, or restrooms available. Open year-round, dusk until dawn.

· Nantahala National Forest – Highlands, NC

9. Dry Falls

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Dry FallsNick & Rachel

- Coming from Highlands: Take Highway 64 West for just over 3 miles from its intersection with Highway 106. Pass or stop at Bridal Veil Falls then look for a brown and white forest service sign for Dry Falls and turn left into the parking area. Google Maps directions worked for us.

- There is a viewing platform at the trailhead that’s wheelchair and stroller accessible. The path to the waterfall is ¼ mile out and back, paved, and has a few stairs. You can walk behind the falls. The spray from the falls may get you a little wet so plan for that.

- There is a $3 parking fee. Open year-round, dusk until dawn. There is a restroom (vault toilets). No camping.

10. Glen Falls

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Glen FallsNick & Rachel

- 2 mile out and back hike. From the parking area take the woodland trail downhill. When you reach the trailhead take the trail to the left. There are multiple viewing points along the trail.

- From U.S. Highway 64 in Highlands, go south on NC Highway 106 about 1.7 miles and look for the sign to Glen Falls Scenic Area on the left. After you turn, the gravel road to the falls veers off immediately to the right. The road dead-ends into the parking area in about a mile.

- There is no parking fee or restrooms. Open year-round, dusk until dawn.

Bonus: Bridal Veil Falls

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Bridal Veil FallsNick & Rachel

- Easily viewed in passing on U.S. 64. There is a pullover where you can stop to view and take pictures. Very accessible to all – wheelchairs, scooters, strollers, etc. No hike is required.

- From downtown Highlands at the intersection of Highway 28 drive U.S. 64 west (toward Franklin) for 2.3 miles and the parking area is on your right. You can’t miss it.

- No restrooms or parking fees. Open year-round.

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