Waterfalls in the Western NC Mountains

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Explore North Carolina’s Western Mountain 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!

Quick Facts About Waterfall Hikes in the Western North Carolina Mountains


  • Dry Falls: Located near Franklin, this 75-foot waterfall allows visitors to walk behind the falls, offering a unique and immersive experience.
  • Cullasaja Falls: Part of the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway, this 250-foot waterfall is a series of cascades along the Cullasaja River.
  • Rufus Morgan Falls: A 60-foot waterfall named after naturalist Rufus Morgan, this charming fall is accessible via a moderate 1-mile loop trail, offering a serene and scenic hike.


  • Turtletown Falls: Although just across the state line in Tennessee, this pair of waterfalls is popular with visitors from Murphy. The hike features two beautiful falls along Turtletown Creek.
  • Bald River Falls: Also nearby in Tennessee, this stunning 90-foot waterfall is a short drive from Murphy and is accessible by car.

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  • Tom Branch Falls: Located in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this 60-foot waterfall is easily accessible via a short hike.
  • Indian Creek Falls: This 25-foot waterfall is a popular spot for hikers and photographers in the Deep Creek area.


  • Mingo Falls: Near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Cherokee, this 120-foot waterfall is one of the tallest and most stunning in the southern Appalachians, accessed via a short but steep hike.
  • Soco Falls: is a double waterfall located on the edge of the Cherokee Indian Reservation. A short trail leads to a viewing platform.


  • Bridal Veil Falls: This 45-foot waterfall is near Highlands. Visitors can drive under the cascading water, making it a unique and popular attraction.
  • Glen Falls: This series of three waterfalls, each dropping approximately 15-20 feet, offers a scenic hike through the forest.


  • Whitewater Falls: One of the tallest waterfalls east of the Rockies, this impressive 411-foot waterfall is located near Cashiers and Sapphire.
  • Silver Run Falls: is a beautiful 25-foot waterfall near Cashiers. It features a short, easy hike and a popular swimming hole.
  • Rainbow Falls: Located in Gorges State Park near Sapphire, this 150-foot waterfall produces stunning rainbows on sunny days due to the mist from the falls.

These waterfalls highlight the natural beauty and diverse landscapes of the Western North Carolina mountains, providing excellent opportunities for hiking, photography, and the great outdoors.

Exploring the Quieter Side of the Smokies

Dive into the serene beauty of the Smoky Mountains with 828Vibes, your go-to travel buddy for all things calm and captivating in western North Carolina! Picture this: a journey from Murphy to Boone, sprinkled with hidden gems of towns, breathtaking hikes, mesmerizing waterfalls, and the best spots to grab a bite or lay your head after a day of adventure. But that’s not all – for the Jeep enthusiasts, we’ve got trails, clubs, and events that will rev your engines. And for those who live for the great outdoors, our guide is bursting with activities to make your heart sing. Don’t just read about it – join Lee and Debra on their picturesque escapades through the Smokies on our social channels, where stunning videos and snapshots await. Welcome to 828Vibes, where the quieter side of the Smokies speaks volumes.

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