Waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains

Waterfalls can be found all throughout the Great Smoky Mountains and just off the Blue Ridge Parkway! There’s no limit to the adventure your family can get into when you start your day hunting for waterfalls in western North Carolina! This is truly nature at it’s finest.

Soco Falls

From Maggie Valley head up US 19 south to the Blue Ridge Parkway. cross under the Parkway and continue downhill towards Cherokee. From the Parkway, it's 1.5 miles to a marked pull-off on the left side of the orad. There's a small blue sign indicating Soco Falls .5 miles ahead. The trail begins at the break in the guardrail. The short, steep trail ends at a viewing deck overlooking the falls.

Bridal Veil Falls

Two-and-a-half miles east of Highlands on U.S. 64. The 120-foot falls are visible from the highway.

Cullasaja Falls

From Highlands, take US 64 toward Franklin for 8.8 miles. The pull-off is on the left on the outside of a sharp curve. It is best that you go past the falls, find a place to turn around and come back so you can pull off facing the falls.

Moore Cove Falls

Travel 1 mile north of Looking Glass Falls on US 276. You'll find a small wooden footbridge just off the highway, the trail starts at the bridge and leads to the falls. An easy 1 mile round trip walk to the 50ft waterfall.

Graveyard Fields

Trail is located 4.5 miles north on the Blue Ridge Parkway from the junction of N.C. 215 at milepost 418 at the Graveyard Fields overlook. This high-elevation, flat mountain valley is perhaps the most popular hiking destination in Western North Carolina—and certainly one of the most unique, The Yellowstone Prong of the Pigeon River feeds three waterfalls—Yellowstone Falls, Lower Falls and Upper Falls—that are definitely worth the hike.

Looking Glass Falls

From Waynesville, take U.S. 276 South, about 22 miles. Parking area is well marked on the east side of the highway. The 85-foot falls are visible from the road. It is only a short walk to the falls. Walkways with handrails.

Sliding Rock

This is an experience you will never forget. Take Highway 276 South for a scenic 25-minute drive from Waynesville into the Pisgah National Forest. Pack a swimsuit because you can glide down this natural 60-foot waterfall (or waterslide), which ends in a pool. Decks provided for observers. Bathrooms and lifeguard seasonally.

Toxaway Falls

U.S. 64 passes right over the 125-foot falls. From Sapphire drive north on US 64 for two miles. Look for a large masonry bridge at the base of a hill and the dam to the left. Cross the bridge and park in the graveled area on the left side. carefully cross US 64 to glimpse the falls on the south side.

Whitewater Falls

Take U.S. 64 east to Whitewater Road. The falls are located 10 miles south on Whitewater Road, near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line. At 411 feet, Whitewater Falls are the tallest falls in Eastern America. Drift, Horse Pasture and Rainbow falls are also accessible from Whitewater Road.

Dry Falls

Located near U.S. 64, 3.5 miles west of Highlands, 16.5 miles from Franklin. Paved walkway leads to falls from parking area. Walk underneath the 75-foot falls.

Waterfalls Ride

Tour more than 1 dozen roadside waterfalls on this long and scenic day ride. So many to see you may want to break it into two days! Start in Maggie Valley. Follow US 19 west to 441 at Cherokee. Soco Falls is on route. Follow US 441 south to Franklin, then US 64 / NC 28 to Highlands. There are 4 falls along road. Highlands to Cashiers on US 64 then loop south on 107 / 281 to see 2 more. Continue east on US 64, detour south of Brevard then onto US 276 to the Blue Ridge Parkway (3 more) Ride the Parkway to NC 215 then follow it back to US 276 and into Maggie Valley. 180 miles. All day ride. Easy to moderate difficulty

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