North Carolina June 29, 2016
10 Unbelievable North Carolina Waterfalls Hiding In Plain Sight… No Hiking Required
North Carolina truly has the
best waterfalls in the nation. With over 400 to choose from, it can seem daunting to decide which ones to see. Some require a moderate hike while others can be easily accessed right off the road. If you’re trying to see some natural NC beauty, but in a time crunch, these ten gorgeous waterfalls are easily viewable!
1. Bridal Veil Falls
Located off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Highlands, you don't even have to get out of your car to enjoy this unique waterfall.
2. Dry Falls
Dry Falls is easily accessible with a large parking lot and paved walkways down to the falls. They also have wheelchair access and paved walkways all the way underneath the falls.
3. Looking Glass Falls
Looking Glass Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls due to its easy accessibility. Located along HWY 276 near Brevard, just park and take a very short walk down to see this beauty. In the summer months you can even wade in the cool water.
4. Walker Falls
Walker Falls is a bit hard to find, but you have to keep your eyes peeled as it is roadside. It's found north of Asheville in the Pisgah National Forest on the way to Douglas Falls.
5. Tom's Creek Falls
This impressive waterfall (80ft.) is also impressively accessible for the whole family. There's an accessible trail and overlooks for those with walking difficulties. It's a great 'stop-by' waterfall and it sure is beautiful!
6. Toxaway Falls
Found between Brevard and Cashiers, this waterfall can be viewed from a walkway along US 64 at Lake Toxaway.
7. 'Bust Your Butt,' or Quarry Falls
Appropriately named, many do indeed get a little butt bustin' at this popular swimming hole. It's a roadside fall located on the Cullasaja River along US Hwy 64 between Highlands and Franklin.
8. Cullasaja Falls
You can see this 250-ft. waterfall along Mountain Waters Scenic Byway (US 64). It's roadside and only a few minutes from Dry Falls.
9. Glassmine Falls
Glassmine Falls is best seen in the winter months or after a heavy rain. You can see it from an overlook off Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 362.
10. Upper Whitewater Falls
For being part of the largest waterfall East of the Rockies (411 ft. totals the entire waterfall) you'd think this would be more difficult to access. A short walk from the parking lot takes you to an overlook where you can marvel in the powerful and gorgeous falls.
Wow, those are all some seriously beautiful waterfalls. And if you love the
hike too, there are plenty of gorgeous ones that require a bit of adventure as well.
Have you been to any of these waterfalls?