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Discover Brevard’s Top 10 Waterfalls

Brevard and Transylvania County are celebrated for their 250 waterfalls, many of which are truly spectacular. When you have that many to choose from, the competition can get pretty tough. We ranked our Top 10 based on beauty, accessibility, and the sense of awe they inspire. Consider this a starting place to discovery.

Moore Cove Falls Brevard

#10 MOORE COVE FALLS

PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST

Wind your way through fern banks and mature forest to this lovely cove. It’s all quite enchanting — as are the falls themselves, which cascade like a thin veil over a rock grotto.

#9 WINTERGREEN FALLS

DUPONT STATE RECREATION FOREST

A lesser known gem tucked away in a quieter area of DuPont but quite easy to get to, although you will need to be careful on the rocky trail leading to the base of the falls.

#8 HOOKER FALLS

DUPONT STATE RECREATION FOREST

This picturesque ledge-style waterfall tumbles into a pool that’s darn near perfect for swimming. The flat sandy banks make getting in and out of the Little River a cinch. Featured in the hit movie “The Last of the Mohicans.”

#7 UPPER BEARWALLOW FALLS

GORGES STATE PARK

A moderate one-mile hike on a well-maintained trail brings you to a safe and roomy viewing platform that offers up a long-range look at this remote waterfall in Gorges State Park.

#6 TURTLEBACK FALLS

PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST VIA GORGES STATE PARK

Located a short hike upriver from Rainbow Falls (see #3), Turtleback has a laid back, calming vibe that makes it a nice contrast to its more famous sibling.

#5 BATSON FALLS/CONNESTEE FALLS

HWY 276 BETWEEN BREVARD AND CEDAR MOUNTAIN

A kid-friendly and wheelchair accessible boardwalk leads you to a viewing area above Connestee Falls that offers up a nice long-range view of Batson Creek Falls and its lovely 20-foot-tall cascade.

#4 TRIPLE FALLS

DUPONT STATE RECREATIONAL FOREST

In terms of sheer holy-smokes visual impact, it’s hard to beat the one-two punch of Triple and High Falls, which are co-located on the Little River. Both falls have been featured in a number of movies, including “The Last of the Mohicans” and “The Hunger Games.”

#3 RAINBOW FALLS

PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST VIA GORGES STATE FOREST

Rainbow Falls is a beautiful 150-foot ribbon of whitewater that many enthusiasts consider to be the most striking in western North Carolina. Sunlight catches the mist coming off the falls, creating the phenomenon for which the cascade is named.

#2 UPPER WHITEWATER FALLS

PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST

At 411 feet, Whitewater has the distinction of being the tallest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. It’s also highly accessible. From the parking lot ($2/vehicle), a paved pathway takes you to the first viewing stand.

#1 LOOKING GLASS FALLS

PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST

Because of its beauty and accessibility, Looking Glass Falls is possibly the most photographed waterfall in America outside of Niagara Falls. And, frankly, no visit to Transylvania County is complete without a stopover here.

Waterfalls are true natural marvels, but they can be dangerous. Be Waterfall Wise by sticking to the following guidelines:

  • Observe all posted signs leading to waterfall areas
  • Do not swim or wade upstream near a waterfall    
  • Stay within marked trails and observation areas
  • Watch for slick rocks around waterfalls
  • Do not jump off waterfalls or dive into pools
  • Watch your children and pets at all time
  • Do not climb on rocks above waist height