While there are hundreds of gorgeous waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains to visit, many are only accessible by hiking, often rugged and long trails. Fortunately for those that might be in Wheelchairs, those that are disabled, or for those that just can’t hike, there are a number of Easy to access and Wheelchair and Disabled accessible waterfalls.
Updated: 7/5/2017 – Whitewater Falls NC guide added.
The view from the Wheelchair Accessible viewing platform at Dry Falls, NC.
Our list of Wheelchair and Disabled Accessible waterfalls below was compiled by visiting each waterfall and observing the conditions. We looked for waterfalls that were roadside viewable, meaning you could view them from your car, or by getting out of a car and viewing them from the parking lot.
We also included waterfalls where a wheelchair, cane or walker could be easily used to see the waterfalls as well. For these we factored in width, trail obstacles, and if any stairs were required.
Cullasaja Falls NC as seen from your car in the parking area.
There are more waterfalls the we’ve been told are Wheelchair Accessible, and we’ll continue to add to this list as we research and find them. Additionally, the various State and Federal services are adding Handicap accessible options to attractions all the time. As they do, we’ll be sure to update this list.
If you know of a waterfall that is Wheelchair and Disabled accessible, please let us know by using our Contact Form.
Wheelchair and Disabled Accessible Waterfalls in the Blue Ridge
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Bridal Veil Falls Highlands NC
This 60' roadside waterfall is one of the most popular stops in Western NC. The waterfall is literally just 20 feet or so off of Highway 64. In the past you could drive under it, but the road under it temporarily closed. Bridal Veil Falls Highlands NC is handicap and disabled friendly. Learn More »
Cullasaja Falls NC is a 250′ tall and majestic waterfall located off of Highway 64 in the Cullasaja Gorge, near Highlands NC. The falls are viewable mainly from the road. Learn More »
Dry Falls NC
Dry Falls is a 75' beautiful roadside waterfall near Highlands, NC that you can walk behind! There is a nice parking area, bathrooms, a viewing platform that is handicap accessible, and a nice paved trail down to and behind the falls. Dry Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Learn More »
Hooker Falls NC Dupont State Forest
Hooker Falls is a 15' tall, but wide waterfall that cascades into a deep pool, that is popular for summer swimming and kayaking. There is a handicap accessible viewing platform as well. Hooker Falls was featured in the movie, The Last of the Mohicans. 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 »
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 »
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 »
Whitewater Falls NC
Whitewater Falls near Sapphire NC is a 411 foot and stunning waterfall. The paved trail to the waterfall is easy and handicap accessible. Whitewater Falls is the tallest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Learn More »
Wheelchair and Disabled Accessible Waterfalls on our list to visit
We’ve personally visited all of the waterfalls above, but there are a few more that are on our list as Handicap and Disabled Accessible, but we have not been able to personally visit and confirm that. As as soon as we can we’ll get them added to our list, by in the meantime here they are:
- Amicalola Falls – GA
- Anna Ruby Falls – Helen, GA – Paved trail, with a couple of steeper sections, someone should accompany you to assist and probably not wheelchair friendly.
- Batson Creek Falls – Brevard NC
- Connestee Falls – Brevard, NC
- Dick’s Creek Falls – Georgia
- Falling Spring Falls – Covington VA
- Linville Falls – Linnville, NC
- Lover’s Leap Falls, GA
- Slick Rock Falls – Roadside view is wheelchair accessible
- Toccoa Falls, GA – access fee, flat trail to observation deck.
Handicap accessible viewing platform at Dry Falls, NC