We saw some sudden drops in temperature in the South last month, but (not surprisingly) we are back in the 50s and even 60s in coming weeks. This warm-ish winter weather makes for a great atmosphere to hike to some incredible waterfalls throughout NC. North Carolina's official waterfalls roadtrip is definitely something you have to add to your outdoor adventure bucket list.
There is so much beauty nestled between North Carolina's lush forests and mountains, including countless hidden cascading falls awaiting you to bask in their awe-inspiring glory. This list is a great way to get started on your trek to some of the most fascinating falls in the Southeast.
Looking Glass Falls
Address: US-276, Brevard, NC 28712
Why You Should Go: Skip the long hike because just a few steps will lead you to these amazing 60-foot falls right next to Mount Pisgah National Forest. It gets its name from Looking Glass Rock, which freezes over in the winter and reflects the sun like a mirror.
Address: Little River, NC 28739
Why You Should Go: This easy trek near Pisgah Forest is only 2.3 miles roundtrip, leading you to gorgeous, triple-tiered rushing falls through a scenic trail fit for all levels. Just follow the river along the path and you'll reach this hidden gem.
Address: 976 Grassy Ridge Road, Sapphire, NC 28774
Why You Should Go: One of nature's finest masterpieces can be reached through a wild flower-filled trail in Gorges State park. These massive falls tower the horizon at a whopping 150 feet. The relatively moderate 4-mile roundtrip hike is worth the effort.
Upper Whitewater Falls
Address: Hogback, NC 28717
Why You Should Go: The enchanting rushing water of these falls will have you questioning whether you left the country. The easy trail in Sapphire, NC is only 1.6 miles, leading to Whitewater River and stunning overlook views of the falls trickling 411 feet down the mountain.
Address: US Highway 64, Sugarfork, NC 28741
Why You Should Go: These striking falls are viewable from the side of Highway 64 and plunges at a tremendous 250-foot drop. The best time to view the falls is in the winter when the leaves aren't obstructing the view. You can go down the steep path leading to the base of the falls, but this is extremely dangerous so venture at your own risk.
Address: Blue Ridge Pkwy, Mile Marker 316, Linville Falls, NC 28647
Why You Should Go: Known as the "Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians", these three-tiered falls rush into the marvelous, emerald Linville Gorge in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The trail is rated easy and is only a short 1.6-mile trip.
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