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Near our Cabins: Waterfalls in the NC Mountains

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Catawba Falls: Located nearby in Old Fort, this 340 foot cascade includes an upper and lower falls with an upper 70 foot plunge. It's a moderate hike to lower falls, and a strenuous hike to upper falls, 3 miles. Exit I-40, #73, turn left, travel under interstate and take an immediate right turn. At fork, bear left onto Catawba River Road (behind McDonald’s) and go three miles to road’s end. Park on gravel shoulder on left. Trail begins across bridge and to right.

See a complete list of the Top 50 Waterfalls in the NC Mountains.

Hickory Nut Falls: This 400-foot waterfall in Chimney Rock State Park has been featured in several movies, including the Last of the Mohicans. It’s well worth the effort to get to the foot of Hickory Nut Falls, one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. The falls can be reached by taking a gentle walk via the Hickory Nut Falls trail to a platform at its bottom. This .75-mile trail offers a leisurely walk that’s chock-full of wonder! Hardwood forests of oak, hickory, maple and basswood harbor abundant plant life, including rare and endangered wildflowers and old favorites such as Jack-in-the-pulpit and Solomon's-seal. Listen and look for the resident and migrant birds that take cover high above in the forest canopy.
Crabtree Falls: This waterfall is near Linville Falls (so you can do two falls in one day) and is accessed by a 2.5 mile loop hiking trail. Crabtree Falls is located in the Crabtree Meadows Recreation Area at MP 339.5 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. When you turn in, head to the right into the camping area, go past the info booth and turn right into the parking lot for the falls. The camping area is closed in the off season, so you may have to park outside the gate and walk in an extra 1/4 mile. The trail to the 70-foot falls is a 2-mile loop. Take the trail from the parking area to a 'T' intersection. The trail to the right is shorter and somewhat easier. If you want to take the loop back, climb the stairs across Big Crabtree Creek and continue up and along the creek. When you get closer to the campground, spur trails will head off to the right into the campground, but continue to the left until you get to the 'T' - turn right to get back to the parking area.
Linville Falls: This is probably the most photographed waterfall in the North Carolina mountains. It's a moderate 1.6-mile roundtrip hike for the best vantage point at Erwin's View Trail. The trail begins at the visitors center, then crosses the Linville River. The first viewing area is at 0.5 miles and offers a view of the small double falls above the main falls. Below this, the river narrows and snakes through a small gorge before plunging over the main drop. Visitor Center is open May-October and April weekends. The falls are located at Milepost 316.3 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, north of where US 221 crosses the Parkway and south of where NC 181 crosses the Parkway. Nearby is Crabtree Falls (see above). Watch the video of Linville Falls below!

Dupont State Forest: You can see three waterfalls with a three mile easy hike. Located near Brevard, this 10,000 acre North Carolina state forest is home to 900 miles of hiking trails and quite a few waterfalls. You will see Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls. Hooker Falls drops about 11' into Cascade Lake. Part of the original DuPont State Forest, Hooker Falls has become a popular swimming hole. Triple Falls consists of three distinct cascades, totalling about 120' in vertical drop. It was featured in the movie Last of the Mohicans. High Falls slides 150' down an inclined plane of granite. The falls can be viewed from a picnic shelter, built on the site of the old Buck Forest Hunt Club lodge, or from a sometimes slippery trail to the bottom of the falls.

There are great spots to picnic by all of these.

Looking Glass Falls: This is the easiest waterfall to enjoy, since you can see it from the parking area. Located in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, Looking Glass is a 60-foot waterfall with a nice spot for wading at the base. To each the base of the falls, take the steps down from the parking area. Nearby is Sliding Rock, a popular "natural" water slide.

The name "Looking Glass" comes from Looking Glass Rock, where water freezes on its sides in the winter and then glistens in the sunlight like a mirror or looking glass.


Click once to see a video of Linville Falls.

After your visit to the waterfalls in the North Carolina mountains, return to your secluded cabin to relax by a fire or in your hot tub.

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