North Carolina Waterfalls

North Carolina waterfalls are primarily located on the western side of the state. The state has many waterfalls that are easily accessible either by car or by a short walk. Of course for the more adventurous there are difficult-to-reach waterfalls as well.

Below is a list of North Carolina waterfalls that I have visited at some point. Each waterfall page will have detailed information (when available) and pictures. The detailed information includes my own personal rating, GPS location, topographic maps, hike detail, and specific waterfall photo tips.  I also provide road directions and google map links.

Also, now available is an online gallery of my finest North Carolina waterfalls.  Below is a sample slideshow of these waterfalls.

While not as detailed, there is additional information on other waterfalls in North Carolina that visitors have submitted.  You can find this list near the bottom of the page.

Did I mention videos as well?  Here is a video playlist of North Carolina waterfalls.

Waterfall Location
Bridal Veil Falls Macon, NC
Cullasaja Falls Macon, NC
Dry Falls Macon, NC
Elk Falls Avery, NC
Glen Falls Nantahala N.F., NC
Hooker Falls DuPont State Forest, NC
Looking Glass Falls Transylvania, NC
McGalliard Falls Burke, NC
Mingo Falls Cherokee Res., NC
Moore Cove Falls Transylvania, NC
Pearson's Falls Polk, NC
Second Falls BRP, NC
Shunkawauken Falls Polk, NC
Triple Falls DuPont State Forest, NC
Upper Whitewater Falls Jackson, NC

Map Reference

As a more visual reference for the waterfall listing above, here is a map of all the waterfalls. Click in the map to interact and get details. I love this tool!

View North Carolina Waterfalls in a larger map

Waterfall Finder App for Android

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Waterfall-Picture-Guide is excited to now offer our own free android app (sorry i-people) that installs in seconds and gives you an on-the-go waterfall reference for finding and researching waterfalls near you.  The waterfall database is searchable with mapping and navigation features.  There are several states current in the database, including Tennessee, with more on the way.  Here is the free waterfall finder app!

You can also download the ad-free version here.


There are several good resources for North Carolina waterfall information that you should know about. Drum roll, please. In no particular order:

If you think your site deserves a listing, give me a buzz.

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Waterfalls Other Visitors Have Submitted

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Looking Glass Falls, NC 
Located in Transylvania County, NC Taken while on vacation (Oct. 2010 )

Looking Glass Falls, Brevard, NC Not rated yet
Looking Glass Falls in in Transylvania County, NC. It's in the Pisgah Nation Forest. To find it you follow U.S. 276 North from the Pisgah Ranger Stating …

Hickory Nut Falls, Chimney Rock, N.C. Not rated yet
Hickory Nut Falls is located at Chimney Rock State Park in Chimney Rock, N.C. The hike to the base of the falls is about 1 mile each way and is easy to …

Looking Glass Falls, Pisgah Natl Forest, North Carolina Not rated yet
This is a photo of Looking Glass Falls in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, North Carolina. This popular waterfall is right next to a busy highway …

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