Waterfalls in the Central NC Mountains

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Explore North Carolina’s Central Mountains Waterfalls

Explore the stunning beauty of North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains! With over 100 breathtaking waterfalls to discover, you’ll surely find some real gems. We’ve compiled full-page guides complete with photos and videos for each waterfall so that all your planning is taken care of – take our directions with you on your journey. Keep yourself safe by following simple waterfall and hiking safety tips, like not climbing rock faces or diving into any bodies of water near the falls; never get too close since strong undercurrents could sweep you away from shore instantly! For those looking for even more adventure, check out our Waterfall Maps & Drives, which will help locate several cascades in one area simultaneously.

Have fun exploring our Great Smoky Mountains!

Quick Facts About Waterfall Hikes in the Central North Carolina Mountains


  • Looking Glass Falls: This 60-foot waterfall is among the most popular and easily accessible in the Pisgah National Forest.
  • Sliding Rock: A natural waterslide that drops 60 feet down a smooth rock face into a plunge pool.
  • Moore Cove Falls: A beautiful 50-foot waterfall you can walk behind, accessible via a short hike.


  • Roaring Fork Falls: A cascading waterfall near Burnsville featuring a series of drops totaling about 100 feet.
  • Setrock Creek Falls: This charming 55-foot waterfall is located near the Black Mountain Campground and is a short hike from the trailhead.

Black Mountain:

  • Catawba Falls: Near Black Mountain, this waterfall consists of two cascades totaling about 100 feet, offering a picturesque and adventurous hike.
  • Craggy Gardens Falls: While not a major waterfall, it is part of the scenic Craggy Gardens area and offers beautiful mountain views.

Spruce Pine:

  • Grassy Creek Falls: This waterfall, located near Little Switzerland close to Spruce Pine, features a series of cascading falls that delight hikers.
    Crabtree Falls: This 70-foot waterfall is accessible via a moderate hike and is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Spruce Pine.


  • High Falls: Located in Dupont State Forest near Asheville, High Falls is a dramatic 150-foot waterfall with impressive views and great photo opportunities.
    Triple Falls: In Dupont State Forest, this series of three cascades is a popular spot for hiking and photography.
    Beech Bottom Falls: This lesser-known waterfall offers a serene hike and beautiful views of the Pisgah National Forest.

These waterfalls are just a few of the many stunning natural attractions in these areas, each offering unique beauty and outdoor adventure opportunities.

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