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NC Mountain Waterfalls

 

 

The Boone Area—World-class Waterfalls!

 

 

Finding and photographing waterfalls is one of the most popular ways to soak up the spectacular scenery of the North Carolina High Country. Spring is the perfect time to catch these cascades at their gushing best, other seasons work. In winter, the falls can often be frozen.

 

 

The Boone Area is home to the East's highest mountains and a truly astounding number of places to revel in the sight and sound of cascading water.  Best of all, the choices include significant cataracts reached by short, easy trails that anyone can tackle.

 

 

Check out the waterfall directory at the bottom of this page, click to our Hiking section, or let the links just below take you to complete trail guides for the High Country's best waterfall walks.

 

 

 

Try These Waterfall Trail Guides—

 

 

Crabtree Falls—Regarded by many as the Southern Appalachians' prettiest, most iconic cascade.

 

 

Glen Burney Falls—Take the Glen Burney Trail from the village streets of Blowing Rock down into a cascade-filled "glen" of remarkable beauty. A perfect picnic hike.

 

 

Linville Falls—The biggest waterfall on the Blue Ridge Parkway by volume of water.

 

 

The Cascades—A short walk with interpretive signs that explores forest tree species and leads to where Falls Creek leaps off the Blue Ridge. Historic cabins are part of one hike here.

 

 

Caution: Waterfalls can be extremely dangerous if you don't follow common-sense rules. Every year in the United States, people die falling from cascades in state parks, national parks, national forests, and on private land. Always stay within the designated trailside viewing area of a waterfall. Never climb on the often slippery rocks anywhere near a waterfall, especially at the top. Mossy green rocks look slippery—but even rocks that appear dry can be very slick. Parents: Please watch children and keep pets on a leash.

 

 
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Boone Fork Falls
Boone Fork Falls
Julian Price Park 
Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605
The Boone Fork Falls is located on the strenuous 5 mile loop of the Boone Fork Trail....
Cascade Falls
Cascade Falls
E.B. Jeffress Park 
Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605
This beautiful waterfall, also known simply as The Cascades, is located about 15 miles...
Craborchard Falls
Craborchard Falls
NC 194 
Valle Crucis, North Carolina 
Craborchard Falls is located on the property of the Valle Crucis Conference Center....
Duggers Creek Falls
Duggers Creek Falls
Blue Ridge Parkway 
Linville, NC 
Duggars Creek Falls is alittle known gem tucked into a tiny hollow near the Linville...
Elk Falls
Elk Falls
Elk River Road 
Newland, NC 
The Elk River drops 85 feet over a wide, even ledge to form Elk River Falls and then...
Glen Burney Trail & Annie Cannon Gardens
Glen Burney Trail & Annie Cannon Gardens
Laurel Lane 
Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605
Phone: (828) 295-5222
The Glen Burney Trail in Blowing Rock offers a rugged experience just steps from Main...
Linville Falls
Linville Falls
Blue Ridge Parkway 
Linville, North Carolina 28647
Two main hiking trails lead to beautiful views of the Linville Falls. Both begin at the...
 
 
  

 
 
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