Waterfalls – Our Top Picks

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Looking Glass Falls, NC

If you’re a Waterfall lover, the Blue Ridge Mountains are full of them.  The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia, and Tennessee contain thousands of waterfalls, with hundreds of them being fairly easy to access by the public.

Below you’ll find more than 18 Waterfalls you can visit.  Each one contains a link to a more detailed write-up with location information, directions, hiking distance, photos, video and more!

Blue Ridge Mountain Waterfalls:

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Courthouse Falls
Courthouse Falls is a gorgeous, and remote 50 foot waterfall surrounded on three sides by cliffs. The water plunges into a dark pool below the falls, and then continues down the creek. The hike to this falls is short, and easy at 1.4 miles roundtrip. The falls is located in Pisgah National Forest, near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Learn More »
Crabtree Falls
Crabtree Falls is a 70' tall, beautiful and photogenic waterfall located 1.5 miles out on a trail at Milepost 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Crabtree Falls is considered one of the most scenic in the area, and is very popular. Learn More »
Dill Falls
Dill Falls is a very remote and beautiful waterfall, located in the Nantahala National Forest near Highway 215 in NC and The Blue Ridge Parkway. The fall is accessible via a short trail and easy trail. Learn More »
Hen Wallow Falls
Hen Wallow Falls is a 90 foot waterfall that begins only 2' wide at the top, and ends up more than 20' foot wide at the bottom of a gentle cascade. The falls is located along Gabe Mountain Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn More »
Hickory Nut Falls
Hickory Nut Falls, located in Chimney Rock State Park near Lake Lure, NC is the second tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi. The falls are access by a 1.5 mile easy-moderate round trip hike. Learn More »
Little Bird Falls NC
Little Bird Falls is a hidden gem off Highway 215 in North Carolina. This 20' waterfall is 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. Learn More »
Looking Glass Falls
Looking Glass Falls, located immediately roadside on Highway 276 near Brevard NC, is probably one of the most beautiful and popular waterfalls in North Carolina. The falls are visible from the road, and thus handicap accessible. Looking Glass falls plummets 50+ feet into the creek below, and is a popular summer swimming destination. Learn More »
Lower Falls Graveyard Fields
Lower Falls at Graveyard Fields is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and is a very beautiful and photogenic waterfall, that is also a popular summer swimming hole. The waterfall is viewable from the Parkway, and accessible via short hike. Learn More »
Mingo Falls
Mingo Falls is a beautiful 120 foot tall waterfall, near Cherokee NC. The falls are accessed by a short wooden walkway, but the walkway is mostly all stairs going up. The Falls are well worth it, and there is a nice observation deck at the base of the falls. Learn More »
Moore Cove Falls
Moore Cove Falls is a beautiful 50' waterfall that you can get in and go behind. The trail to the falls is very nice and short as well. The waterfall is located on Highway 276 in North Carolina, near the popular Looking Glass Falls. Learn More »
Mouse Creek Falls
Mouse Creek Falls is a beautiful 45 foot waterfall located along Big Creek and Big Creek Trail, in the Big Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn More »
Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls is a huge 150 foot waterfall, located in Pisgah National Forest near Sapphire, NC. The Falls are accessed via a moderate 3 mile roundtrip hike. In the morning, if the sun is right, a rainbow is cast across the face of the falls, giving the falls it's name. Learn More »
Skinny Dip Falls
Skinny Dip Falls is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 417. Accessing the Falls requires a moderate 1 mile roundtrip hike. The falls are gorgeous, and a popular summer swimming hole with locals. Learn More »
Sliding Rock
Sliding Rock is a 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 the fall, and plunge into a basin below. Sliding Rock is located just off Highway 276 in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard NC. Learn More »
Soco Falls
This double waterfall, located near The Blue Ridge Parkway, between Cherokee, NC and Maggie Valley, NC is a real hidden gem. Soco Falls is just a short walk from the highway, and is stunning to view. You can also access the lower portion of the falls for a better view. Learn More »
Sunburst Falls
Sunburst Falls is road-side waterfall located along Highway 215. The waterfall flows under an old rock bridge on 215, and is a popular stopping point along the scenic roadway. Learn More »
Tom Branch Falls
Tom Branch Falls is located in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's a gorgeous and easy to access falls that is a short walk from the parking lot, and handicap friendly. Learn More »
Turtleback Falls
Turtleback Falls is a popular "sliding rock" waterfall, located in Pisgah National Forest near Sapphire NC. The falls are accessible via a 3.5 mile roundtrip and moderate to strenuous hike. The falls are unique as you can slide off the top, and then plunge into a large basin below. Learn More »
Upper Falls Graveyard Fields
Upper Falls is a 40 foot tall waterfall, located in the Graveyard Fields area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, in North Carolina. The trail to the falls is about 1.3 miles. Learn More »
Wildcat Falls
This cascading waterfall is located just a short hike out Flat Laurel Creek Trail in Pisgah National Forest, near The Blue Ridge Parkway. Wildcat falls runs below an old concrete bridge that was part of the logging road and railroad grade that now makes up the trail. Learn More »

 

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