Waterfalls may not be the first thing you think of when you think of North Carolina, but don’t be fooled; the state has dozens of gorgeous waterfalls. Here are 15 of North Carolina’s must-see waterfalls.
15. Triple Falls, DuPont National Forest
Flowing on the Little River for over 120 feet, Triple Falls displays three unique types of waterfalls in one location. The falls can also be seen in the film “The Last Mohicans.”
14. Silver Run Falls, Nantahala National Forest
Silver Run Falls’ waters pool at its base creating the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer’s day. The fall also offer a remarkable frozen scene during the winter months.
13. Crabtree Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway
Enjoy the 2.5-mile hike from Crabtree Meadows campground to arrive at the beautiful Crabtree Falls. In the warmer months, the 70-foot waterfall is framed by full ferns and various wildflowers.
12. High Falls, DuPont National Forest
In stark contrast to the smooth, calm waters of the river above, the waters of High Falls crash over sleek granite rock as they rush through DuPont State Forest.
11. Bridal Veil Falls, Nantahala National Forest
Unique to waterfalls in North Carolina, Bridal Veil Falls offers the rare experience of being able to drive behind the falls.
10. Looking Glass Falls, Pisgah National Forest
One of the most popular waterfalls in North Carolina, Looking Glass Falls is beautiful during the spring and summer but derives its name from the mirror-like frozen waters that accumulate during the winter.
9. Mingo Falls, Cherokee Indian Reservation
With the cool morning fog and the 161-step ascent to the stop of Mingo Falls, you may find yourself wondering if you are in fact walking the stairway to heaven.
8. Dry Falls, Nantahala National Forest
Dry Falls offers a unique experience to its visitors with a walking path located directly behind the water. The falls got its name based on the idea that you can walk behind the water and stay (pretty) dry.
7. Falls over Dam on Reems Creek, Weaverville
Although one of the smaller waterfalls on the list at only 15-feet-tall, the Falls over Dam on Reems Creek paints a beautifully rustic picture flowing over an old stone dam and beside an aged water wheel.
6. White Owl Falls, Jocassee Gorge
White Owl Falls may appear small in size but is large in personality. This easy to miss beauty, located near Franklin, is best seen from across the river creating the perfect photo opportunity.
5. High Shoals Falls, South Mountains State Park
Take in the beautiful rushing waters of the Jacob’s Fork River while hiking towards the top of High Shoals Falls where you can then see the 80-foot drop to the pool below.
4. Cullasaja Falls, Nantahala National Forest
Although located in a dangerous area, Cullasaja falls never fails to impress with its luscious greenery and streaming water. While visiting the falls, keep an eye out for local adventurers rappelling around the waters.
3. Whitewater Falls, Jocassee Gorge
Said to be the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, Whitewater Falls’ dramatic presentation is sure to impress visitors.
2. Upper Catawba Fall, Pisgah National Forest
The hike up to the Upper Falls of the Catawaba River is difficult, but as you can see, the trek is definitely worth it.
1. Eastatoe Falls, Pisgah National Forest
Although located on private property, the owners of Eastatoe Falls allow visitors to hike and explore around these magnificent falls. Named after a local Cherokee Tribe, Eastatoe Falls is a must-see for any lover of the outdoors.