Best Waterfalls Near Maggie Valley NC

Maggie Valley NC is literally surrounded by waterfalls.  This guide provides information on the best waterfalls near Maggie valley, along with links to our full guides.  All of these waterfalls are within a 1 hour drive from Maggie Valley NC.

Some waterfalls near Maggie Valley NC  are accessible via short hikes, some longer hikes, and some are even roadside.  Each of our detailed guides linked below, which are accessed by clicking the "Learn More" link, will provide maps, directions, hike distances, tips, photos and more.

All of these waterfalls are perfect for day trips, and many are so close together they can be combined into mini waterfall tours!  

So grab your camera, your swimsuit, water shoes, and let's go explore some AMAZING waterfalls near Maggie Valley NC!

Cedar Rock Falls, Pisgah National Forest

Cedar Rock Falls

Cedar Rock Falls is a 20' tall waterfall, located in the Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC. The hike to the falls is a moderate 1.8 miles roundtrip. This hike is dog and kid friendly!

Cove Creek Falls

Cove Creek Falls

Cove Creek Falls, located in Pisgah National Forest is a 50' tall waterfall, near Brevard NC. The falls are accessible by a moderate 2 mile loop hike. There is a small sliding rock waterfall on the way to the falls. The trail and falls are kid and dog friendly!

Grogan Creek Falls

Grogan Creek Falls is a unique and beautiful 20' waterfall located in Pisgah National Park. The waterfall is one of four waterfalls viewable along a 5.5 mile roundtrip and moderate hike from Cat Gap Trailhead

Little Bird Falls NC

Little Bird Falls

Little Bird Falls is located off Highway 215, and is a real hidden gem that many don't even realize is there. The falls are 20' high and located in a short distance into the woods, and is both beautiful and very photogenic. The area around the falls is full of vegetation and wildflowers

Looking Glass Falls

Looking Glass Falls

Looking Glass Falls is one of the most popular and beautiful waterfalls in Western North Carolina. The falls plummets over 50 feet into a large pool at the base, that is a popular summer swimming spot. The Falls are right next to Highway 276, and is easily viewable

Lower Bubbling Spring Branch Falls

Lower Bubbling Spring Branch Falls

A nice waterfall located just a short hike off Highway 215, near the Blue Ridge Parkway. See this and the upper Falls on the same visit.

Lower Falls Graveyard Fields

Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Lower Falls at Graveyard Fields is a very beautiful and photogenic waterfall, and also a very popular swimming hole. The fall is viewable from the Parkway, and accessible via a short hike. Bring your swimming suit and towel!

Mingo Falls, Cherokee

Mingo Falls

Mingo Falls is a 120 foot tall waterfall located in Cherokee NC. The Falls are reachable via a short walk, but up a long flight of stairs. There is an observation deck for viewing. This waterfall is best viewed just after heavy rainfall.

Moore Cove Falls

Moore Cove Falls

Moore Cove Falls is located near the popular Looking Glass Falls area. The falls are 50' tall and allow you to get under and behind them. The trail to the falls is very nice and short as well. Bring your bathing suit and stand under the cool and refreshing falls.

Spring at Big Creek

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls is a tall and photogenic 45 foot waterfall located along Big Creek Trail, in the Big Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Sliding Rock NC

Sliding Rock

Sliding Rock is a very popular and famous waterfall, due to not only being a waterfall, but a waterfall that you can slide down. The smooth surface of the falls allows visitors to slide down it and plunge into the pool at the bottom. Sliding Rock is located along Highway 276 in Pisgah National Forest. This is a pay venue during normal hours.

Fall Colors Soco Falls

Soco Falls

Soco Falls is a 50' plus tall double waterfall, that cascades over a rock face and into a large creek below. The waterfalls are accessible via a .25 mile roundtrip trail, that is a bit steep. There is an observation deck, and accessibility to the bottom of the falls

Sunburst Falls NC

Sunburst Falls

Sunburst Falls is pretty waterfall that flows under Highway 215, and is roadside viewable. The waterfall flows under an old rock bridge and is a popular stopping point along the scenic roadway. The falls with the bridge is very photogenic, but this particular view requires a scramble down the hillside.

Upper Bubbling Spring Branch Falls

Upper Bubbling Spring Branch Falls

This 30' tall and pretty waterfall is one of two falls accessible on a short .5 mile hike in Pisgah National Forest, and just off the Blue Ridge Parkway on Highway 215.

Upper Cedar Level Falls, Pisgah National Forest

Upper Cedar Rock Falls

This small 15' waterfall sits above Cedar Rock Falls, and while small, sits next to a nice campsite, and has a wading pool below it. The fall is very pretty for it's size. This falls is accessible via a 2

Upper Falls Graveyard Fields

Upper Falls Graveyard Fields

Upper Falls in Graveyard Fields, off the Blue Ridge Parkway is a 40 foot tall waterfall. The trail to the falls is about 2.6 miles roundtrip. The falls aren't as nice as many others, but still pretty and makes for a great hike. Hike in July/August for the blueberries!

Wildcat Falls NC

Wildcat Falls

Wildcat Falls cascades under an old concrete logging bridge, making for a unique and historic scene. The waterfall is located just a short hike out Flat Laurel Creek Trail in Pisgah National Forest, near The Blue Ridge Parkway.

Our Waterfall Guides

See our full guides to more than 40 waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains, on our Waterfalls Page.  Information, Directions, Photos, Video, and more!

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