North Carolina February 24, 2017
Here’s The Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring North Carolina’s Waterfalls
With warm weather on the horizon, what a better way to embrace the changing season than getting in the car and embarking on an epic road trip. North Carolina is home to both serene and rugged beauty, and one way to experience both is exploring our many beautiful waterfalls found throughout the state.
This road trip can be completed in a day, or it can be completed in a weekend. I’d suggest doing it over a long weekend to make the most of hiking trails and other points of interest found along the trip. Ready to explore North Carolina’s most beautiful waterfalls?
Just follow this map!
1. Lower Cascade Falls
Strangely enough, this road trip doesn't start you off in the mountains but actually the Piedmont. Located at Hanging Rock State Park, Lower Cascade is absolutely beautiful and enclosed by unique rock formations. Take a day to explore the other three waterfalls found here, or hop right back in the car. The best part is, during the late spring and summer Lower Cascade also doubles as a great swimming hole.
2. Linville Falls
Linville Falls is one of the most iconic waterfalls in North Carolina, and you can take three different hikes to see three different vantage points of the fall. Read our
article on Linville Falls
to plan the perfect hike and learn more!
3. Crabtree Falls
4. Soco Falls
This amazing twin waterfall is a lesser-known and explored waterfall in North Carolina but deserves all the hype. Hiding in the Smokies, it's a unique fall positioned between Maggie Valley and Cherokee. There's an easy path down to the fall and many other small cascades in the surrounding area.
5. Mingo Falls
Another waterfall hiding in North Carolina is Mingo Falls. This stunning 120-foot waterfall is easily one of the most beautiful and impressive in the area. While it's a great hidden gem, visit the day after a heavy rainfall and the waterfall will be powerful and breathtaking. You'll find Mingo Falls right outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary). A moderate, 0.4-mile hike takes you to this beauty.
6. Dry Falls
It's no surprise I love Dry Falls, I even wrote a whole piece on how to visit and what to expect at this amazingly unique
walk behind waterfall.
You'll find Dry Falls off US 64 in the Nantahala National Forest, just past Mountain Waters Scenic Byway. There's an observation deck to view the full fall, and then a pathway that takes you underneath. This location is prime for more waterfalls and scenic spots.
7. Bridal Veil Falls
Speaking of amazing waterfalls in the area, you don't even have to get out of your car to enjoy the amazing Bridal Veil Falls. As with Mingo Falls, the waterfall is most impressive after a heavy rain but still amazing nonetheless. It falls right off the Blue Ridge Parkway and is just a short drive from Dry Falls.
9. Skinny Dip Falls
This waterfall comes included with a hike but it's so worth it! You'll find it from mile marker 417 off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Looking Glass Rock overlook. The three mile hike takes you to the waterfall, creek, and a romantic bridge. In the summer, it's a great place to take a dip with a jump off rock included.
10. Hickory Nut Falls
Just like we started the road trip, this last destination takes you a bit out of the mountains and into the foothills. The stunning Hickory Nut Falls can be found at Chimney Rock State Park and is seriously jaw dropping, falling 404-feet. I suggest taking a whole day to explore both Hickory Nut Falls and Chimney Rock State Park. Plan the perfect trip with our article and read why this place must be
seen to be believed
This sounds like the perfect long weekend adventure. The best part is, North Carolina is home to hundreds of waterfalls so you can add plenty others in along the way to make the most of the trip!