Our favorite hikes are ones that involve waterfalls, especially when a waterfall is the destination.  We might be what you call waterfall’oholics.

We love heading out a nice 3-5 mile trail, knowing that waiting for us down the trail is a gorgeous Blue Ridge Waterfall.  Our kids love to play in the water, hunt for crawdads, and relax on the rocks.  My wife and I love to take photos, and enjoy watching our kids have a blast.

The waterfall is generally our stopping point or midway point if possible, where we also break out the snacks or our lunch and eat.  We’ve also enjoyed meeting many different people hanging around the waterfalls as well.

Below you’ll find guides to our favorite waterfall trails in the Blue Ridge:

Hickory Nut Falls at Chimney Rock NC

Hickory Nut Falls, in Chimney Rock State Park is the second tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi. The waterfall plunges 404 feet down over a cliffside into a pool at the bottom.  The beautiful, cool, and wooded Hickory Nut Falls Trail leads ...
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Moore Cove Falls NC

Moore Cove Falls is a 50 foot tall and low volume waterfall that is located near Looking Glass Falls off Highway 276 in Pisgah National Forest.   One of the unique features that makes this waterfall so attractive, is you can stand in it, and get ...
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Little Bird Falls NC

Little Bird Falls is a very beautiful and photogenic waterfall located just a short distance off of Highway 215 in Pisgah National Forest. There is no "official" trail to the falls, but there is a trail leading from the road to the falls. Location: ...
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Upper Falls Graveyard Fields

Upper Falls Graveyard Fields is a nice waterfall and hike.  The waterfall is accessed by a 1.5 mile hike, that gets a little steep towards the end, but provides you with a nice overview of Graveyards Fields an what it has to ...
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Lower Falls Graveyard Fields

Lower Falls Graveyard Fields is a gorgeous waterfall and swimming hole, that is accessible by a short and moderate .3 mile hike down to the falls. This waterfall is also visible from a small pull over on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just past ...
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Crabtree Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway

Crabtree Falls is located in the Crabtree Falls Recreation Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 339.5. This 70 foot waterfall is accessed by a very nice hiking trail that offers an out an back option or a slightly longer loop hike.   ...
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Juney Whank Falls Deep Creek

Juney Whank Falls, located in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is nice waterfall, with an observation bridge and benches.  The fall is short walk from the parking lot, but a someone steep walk up to it, ...
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Indian Creek Falls at Deep Creek

Indian Creek Falls, located in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a simple, but beautiful waterfall.  The fall is about a 1 mile walk from the parking lot, and is easy to access. Location: Deep ...
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Tom Branch Falls in Deep Creek

Tom Branch Falls, located in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a simple, but gorgeous waterfall, that gently falls into the famous Deep Creek. The fall is very short walk from the parking lot, and is easy to access for ...
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Courthouse Falls NC

Courthouse Falls is an absolutely gorgeous waterfall and area that is nestled into a small cove located in a remote section of Pisgah National Forest.  The hike to the falls is short, only .7 miles, and the trail is flat and very scenic.  This is ...
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