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North Carolina Waterfalls


"I can see my rainbow calling me through the misty breeze of my waterfall." - Jimi Hendrix

If you have limited time, visiting the 3 waterfalls at Deep Creek,  Juneywhank Falls, Tom Branch Falls and Indian Creek Falls
will reward you with a short enough hike and yet priceless waterfall views.

Keith Adams waterfall book is a valuable companion when seaching for North Carolina waterfalls.  

NC waterfalls website - excellent pictures and waterfall loca tions in the North Carolina and surrounding states

 Waterfalls





Mingo Falls Cherokee







Glen Falls Highlands

Cullasaja Falls on 64 between Franklin and Highlands

Dry Falls Highlands

Glen and Dry Falls







Three Waterfalls on Deep Creek Trail Bryson City in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park








Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours  See waterfalls not on tour maps. Most of the waterfalls are located on private land away from crowded tourist areas.




Big Laurel Falls near Franklin NC
Go 9 miles west on U.S. 64 from Franklin. Turn left on Wallace Gap Road (Old U.S. 64) and go 1.5 miles. Turn right on F.S. Road 67 (toward Standing Indian Campground) and go 7 miles (5 miles past Back Country Information Center). Trail runs along an old railroad grade. After passing over bridge, it splits; right ends at Big Laurel Falls.



Bridal Veil Falls
2.5 miles east of Highlands on US 64 and is visible from the road. You used to be able to drive behind the falls, but a large boulder fell off and now blocks the road under Bridal Veil Falls but you can still walk behind them.




Courthouse Falls
On Courthouse Creek, in the Beech Gap area of Pisgah National Forest. Take US 64, 16 miles east from Cashiers, turn north on SR 215 to Balsam Grove and Courthouse Creek.


Cullasaja Falls
Can be viewed from US 64, in Cullasaja Gorge, 11 miles east of Franklin, 9 miles west of Highlands. 250 foot waterfall. The falls are located on a very dangerous and narrow curve on US 64 with limited parking to two spots in the Cullasaja Gorge.  




Dry Falls
Located near US 64, 3.5 miles west of Highlands, 16.5 miles east of Franklin. Paved walkway underneath 75 foot falls. Walk behind the falls. Small parking fee is charged.





Glen Falls
From Highlands, travel 3 miles south on NC 106, turn left on US Forest Service Rd with a sign for Glen Falls. The 1 mile trail to the 3 falls is steep and rough. 3 large falls dropping approximately 60 feet. Small parking fee is charged.






Hickory Nut Falls
Rutherford County. Inside Chimney Rock Park near Lake Lure off U.S. 74-A.





Horsepasture Falls
From Cashiers, take US 64, 10 miles east to Whitewater Road. Follow road south to Horsepasure River. Drift Falls is nearby.




Indian Creek Falls near Bryson City
From Bryson City, follow  Deep Creek Road north 3 miles to Deep Creek Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Easy one mile hike to falls.






Juneywhank Falls near Bryson City
Juneywhank Falls, a short hike from the parking lot,  is located in Deep Creek parking area near Indian Creek Falls.


Kiesee Falls
From Cashiers, go 16 miles east on US 64, to "Glouchester Road". Falls on the Kiesee River in Balsam Grove, near Courthouse Falls.


Laurel Falls
From the Sugarlands Visitor Center, drive 3.7 miles west on Little River Road to the parking area at Fighting Creek Gap. This is a 75 foot two-step waterfall. This is a very popular hike 1.3 miles to falls.

Linville Falls
Located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Linville Gorge Area.





Looking Glass Falls
From Waynesville, take US 276 south, 22 miles. Parking is well marked on the east side of highway. Short walk to falls.





Mingo Falls near Cherokee NC
A 200 foot scenic waterfall on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Follow Big Cove Road to Mingo Falls Campground. Park next to campground. Trail ascends up series of stairs takes 5 minutes from parking area.


Mooney Falls near Franklin NC
 See directions to Big Laurel Falls, continuing for .7 mile past Big Laurel Falls trailhead. A very short trail descends to Mooney Falls. Roadside parking available.

Rufus Morgan Falls near Franklin NC
This easy one mile loop trail is named after Rufus Morgan, a naturalist who was instrumental in developing the Appalachian Trail. Take U.S. 64 for 3 miles west of Franklin. Turn right at Wayah Bald directional sign. Take first left onto Wayah Road (S.R. 1310). 6.6 Miles and then left of F.S. Road 388. Trail 2.2 miles on right

Big Laurel Falls near Franklin NC
 Go 9 miles west on U.S. 64. Turn left on Wallace Gap Road (Old U.S. 64) and go 1.5 miles. Turn right on F.S. Road 67 (toward Standing Indian Campground) and go 7 miles (5 miles past Back Country Information Center). Trail runs along an old railroad grade. After passing over bridge, it splits; right ends at Big Laurel Falls.


Mouse Creek Falls
Haywood County. Big Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.



Pearson Falls
U.S. 176 north of Tryon.




Rainbow Falls
On same road as Horsepasture Falls. Height 200 feet.

Rufus Morgan Falls near Franklin NC
 This easy one mile loop trail is named after Rufus Morgan, a naturalist who was instrumental in developing the Appalachian Trail. Take U.S. 64 for 3 miles west of Franklin. Turn right at Wayah Bald directional sign. Take first left onto Wayah Road (S.R. 1310). 6.6 Miles and then left of F.S. Road 388. Trail 2.2 miles on right.




Soco Falls
From Cherokee, take US 19, 6 miles north to Soco. Falls on the slopes of Soco Bald.




Sliding Rock Falls
From Waynesville, take US 276 south toward Brevard. Falls are located on right, 7.5 miles after passing the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance.





Tom's Branch Falls near Bryson City
See directions to Indian Creek Falls. A quarter-mile walk from Deep Creek Campground.





Toxaway Falls
From Cashiers, take US 64 east, about 16 miles. Highway passes over falls.






Whitewater Falls
At 411 feet, the falls are considered to be the highest falls in the Eastern United States. From Cashiers, take US 64 east, 10 miles to Whitewater Road. Falls are 10 miles south on Whitewater Road, near the NC/SC state line. Drift, Horsepasture, and Rainbow Falls are also accessible from Whitewater Road.






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