Waterfalls in the NC High Country

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Explore North Carolina’s High Country 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 Smoky Mountains of North Carolina!

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Explore High Country Waterfalls

Quick Facts About Waterfall Hikes in the High Country


Hebron Falls (Boone Fork Falls): Located in the Julian Price Memorial Park, Hebron Falls features a series of cascades along Boone Fork Creek. The trail to the falls is about 5 miles round trip and offers scenic views of the surrounding forest.

Blowing Rock:

  • Glen Burney Falls: This 30-foot waterfall is part of the Glen Burney Trail, which starts in downtown Blowing Rock and features three waterfalls: Glen Burney Falls, Glen Marie Falls, and the Cascades.
  • The Cascades: Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway near E.B. Jeffress Park, these small waterfalls are accessible via a short, easy-loop trail with scenic overlooks.

Banner Elk:

  • Elk River Falls: This 50-foot waterfall is located near Banner Elk and offers a beautiful and dramatic drop into a large plunge pool. It is accessible via a short, easy hike.

Linville Falls:

  • Linville Falls: One of the most popular and iconic waterfalls in North Carolina, Linville Falls features a series of cascades and a dramatic 90-foot plunge into Linville Gorge. The falls can be viewed from several overlooks via trails of varying difficulty.
  • Duggers Creek Falls: Located near the visitor center at Linville Falls, this smaller but picturesque waterfall can be accessed via a short trail. It offers a quieter and more intimate waterfall experience.

These waterfalls highlight the stunning natural beauty and diverse landscapes of the High Country area of North Carolina, providing excellent opportunities for hiking, photography, and outdoor exploration.

Exploring the Quieter Side of the Smokies

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