What could be an easier way to chase waterfalls than finding one that is literally only steps from the road? When you visit North Carolina’s extraordinary Shunkawauken Falls, you won’t even need to leave the car to gawk at its sheer size and magnificent beauty. Load up the car and prepare for a wild ride, because as easy as it is to see this waterfall, the twisting and winding road leading to the waterfall adds another level of adventure to this day trip. It’s one of the best hikes in North Carolina, and one of the best drives in North Carolina all in one stunning destination.

While Shunkawauken Falls isn’t nearly as tall as the tallest waterfall in North Carolina, it’s still worth a visit! Just be cautious on the narrow and winding road leading to the falls. Have you made the trip to see this amazing scenic waterfall? Tell us all about it in the comments section, and if you’re planning to make the trip yourself, you might want to consider subscribing to AllTrails Plus. This enhancement of the popular AllTrails app gives you access to maps, tips, and other features that will ensure a safe and exciting hike.

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Best Waterfalls In North Carolina

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In addition to Shunkawauken Falls and Whitewater Falls, you'll want to take the time to visit these cascades!

  • Connestee Falls is a massive 85-foot waterfall located in the Brevard Area that has a fascinating history. Locals tell of a small colony of Native American settlers who disappeared mysteriously, and rumors spread of a secret door behind the waterfall to another dimension. While this is fascinating local lore, what isn't in any dispute is that this waterfall makes some amazing views! This waterfall is currently located in a gated community
  • Bird Rock Falls, by contrast, is one of the most accessible waterfalls in all of North Carolina. Located on the French Broad River near Balsam Gorge, it's found through a hike that's only 0.8 miles out and back. That hike will take you past a towering cliff and five total waterfalls - including this beautiful twenty-foot cascade. While this is located on the private land of the Living Waters Ministry, it's open to the public.
  • Lake Glenville Beach is home to a sandy mountain beach and the highest elevated lake east of the Mississippi. That makes it a unique sight - a beach ringed by mountains. It's also right next to the path you'll take to High Falls, a stunning 125-foot waterfall. While this waterfall used to only be accessed via a four-mile hike, a new trail access point means you'll only have to walk three-fourths of a mile!
  • The Falls Cafe in Lake Toxaway is definitely the best waterfall restaurant in North Carolina, located right next to the massive 240-foot Toxaway Falls. This waterfall flows under the highway, and you can overlook them as you dine outside. The restaurant has a rustic interior and a popular menu of American classics including burgers and sandwiches, but the biggest selling point is right outside!

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