Waterfalls worth the detour

by: Amy Trainum Updated:

There are so many waterfalls throughout the state of North Carolina it was hard to pick just a few to highlight!

Linville Falls – Located only a little over an hour from Asheville, at mile post 316.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls offers five different viewpoints for guests to enjoy, depending on how far they want to hike. The falls drop 90 ft. into the Linville Gorge.

Soco Falls – Soco Falls is a unique double waterfall only five miles outside of Maggie Valley. Guests can take a leisurely stroll to see the 120 ft. drop and spectacular views from an observation deck that is easy to get to, making Soco one of the best falls for people of all ages to visit.

Dry Falls – The Nantahala National Forest is home to Dry Falls, a 75 ft. waterfall that flows from an overhanging cliff. For a worthwhile experience, make sure you walk between the falls and rock wall to see what it’s like behind the powerful water source! (pictured above)

Looking Glass Falls – Looking Glass Falls is one of the most easily accessible falls in the Tar Heel State as it can be seen from the roadside, directly off Highway 276 North, making it perfect for those with limited mobility. There are several vantage points and locations for photographing the falls.Guests can also enjoy a dip in the water below the 60 ft. drop. Be sure to visit again during the winter to see the incredible ice formations that are created around the rocks and falls.

Sliding Rock Falls – As a local favorite, Sliding Rock Falls could be considered more of a water slide than a waterfall! Each year thousands of North Carolinians visit to take their turn sliding down the 60 ft. flat rock into 8 ft. of water at the bottom of the falls.


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