You may find joy in riding down massive man-made slides at your local waterpark, but what if you could skip the lines and high prices? You can enjoy the same adrenaline rush in nature at one of the best waterfalls in North Carolina. This hidden treasure has a sliding rock that lets you slip into a huge pool of refreshing water. 

Quarry Falls (aka "Bust Your Butt Falls") is on the Cullasaja River about six miles west of the Highlands. This Transylvania County gem can take your hiking adventures to the next level because it's not your average cataract.

They cascade over a slippery smooth rock that doubles as a slide for your enjoyment.

The series of slick boulders act as a pathway for the flowing river water that dumps into a natural swimming pool used by visitors to cool off, splash and play.

It's also an ideal spot to bring a cooler packed with snacks and booze for a springtime picnic.

Many similar hidden gems require lengthy, strenuous journeys, but these mystical falls and pool are accessible with absolutely no hiking required.

There are parking areas directly off of Highway 64, known as Mountain Waters Scenic Byway.

You can access all the fun without hardly moving a muscle.

There's even a rope swing to add to the adventures, but it's advised to check the depth of the water for your safety, as it depends on rainfall.

Bust Your Butt Falls

Price: Free

Address: Cullasaja River, Highlands, NC

Why You Need To Go: Skip the waterparks and enjoy this slippery, natural slide that plummets into a massive pool of refreshing river water.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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