Whitewater Falls in North Carolina
Short hike to falls and really impressive view once you get there. Check out the cute town of Cashiers while you're there or maybe Lake Glenville.
Short hike up a paved path (1/2 mile round trip) to a 400 ft beautiful waterfall. Take the wooden steps down for a closer look.
Paved trail with short easy walk to see the Upper Falls, then you can take the stairs down for another breathtaking view and if you're up to it take the tail down to the bottom. Parking area and a small fee...I believe $2 for the day. We enjoy this hike a lot.
Watch the falls fall into the Jocassee Gorge, plus the pull off views on the way to the falls are great!
Point of Interest
“ Silver Run Falls in the Nantahala National Forest is just four miles south of Cashiers in Jackson County. This 25-ft. waterfall cascades into a tranquil pool with a small beach area. So it's a popular swimming spot in the North Carolina mountains. This means it can be crowded on hot days since its safe for small children to enjoy the water. But on other days, you can often enjoy all by yourself.”
“The Trail to Rainbow and Turtle back is another favorite! Highly Trafficked out and back trail but a must see. ”
“A short 20 minute drive from your campsite, up the base of the blue ridge mouintains will take you to the falls and picnic area. Nestled in a cool valley, you are also just a short walk from the historic Stumphouse Tunnel.”
“Although it's a little farther away (about 35 minutes), this park is one of our favorites. Just take 64 west and stay on it (that'll require a left turn at the first traffic light, and a second left once you're in Brevard, just follow the signs for 64 west) a little over 20 miles. Once you get to the Lake Toxaway/Sapphire area, turn left onto NC 281. Go about a mile and turn left onto Grassy Ridge Rd. The park has an awesome visitor center, and just one trail - about 3 miles round trip to Rainbow Falls, and another 1/2 mile each way to Turtleback Falls. The hike is moderate, enjoyable and with a nice swimming hole at the top, with the option to slide down Turtleback Falls (a 20-foot drop) for the daring. It's a hike our whole family enjoys, especially in the summer when there's often a gelato stand in the trailhead parking lot (useful for bribing children to finish the hike). ”