The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of America’s most iconic roadways. And for good reason – it’s stunningly beautiful. Tucked away along this historic highway are some of North Carolina’s most magical waterfalls. To help you out the Timberroot Rustic Retreats team has put together a list of our seven favorite waterfalls in the region. So grab your hiking boots and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

bubbling spring waterfall

Bubbling Spring Waterfall Image Credit Laura Varney-Watts

This serene cascade is located just off I-26 near Little Switzerland, NC in the Pisgah National Forest and is one of the most picturesque falls along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The waterfall cascades down from a large rock formation into a deep pool below, making it an ideal spot for cooling off on hot summer days. There’s also a nearby picnic area with tables and benches for visitors to enjoy lunch or snacks or stop off at the Little Switzerland Cafe for some of the best barbeque on the Parkway.

log hollow falls

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Log Hollow Falls is a magnificent 25-ft. hidden gem tucked away in the Pisgah National Forest, just waiting to be discovered! With an easy one-mile roundtrip hike, this adventure offers waterfall lovers something special. Since this waterfall is off the beaten track, and has no signs indicating it, you’ll need to take specific instructions to find this hidden gem.

sunburst falls

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Sunburst Falls is one of the most unique waterfalls in western North Carolina. The lower falls is literally located oh Highway 215, the falls pass under a historic 1930’s stone bridge as they cascade down levels of rocks and boulders into the peaceful pool below. Parking is available just off the highway, then a short walk down the path will take you to the base of the waterfall and a perfect photo opportunity. Then cool off with a dip in the pristine pool (it’s deeper than it looks) just be careful as you scramble around, the rocks tend to be a bit slick. 

linville falls

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Situated at milepost 316, Linville Falls is one of North Carolina’s most popular attractions for good reason – it boasts two viewing platforms that provide spectacular views of this tremendous waterfall from both above and below! If you want to get closer to nature and experience Linville Falls up close and personal, then make sure you check out the trails that wind around through the gorge as well as upriver from the falls so you can explore all its hidden nooks and crannies.

catawba falls

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Located near Old Fort, NC, Catawba Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in North Carolina, standing at over 100 feet tall! Trekking the 4 miles to Catawba Falls can take up to three hours, but it’s worth it – this beautiful waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and boulders that make it look like something out of a fairytale. Historic buildings are scattered along the trail, remnants of the 1920’s hydropower dam that provided power for the town of Old Fort. The hike does require several stream crossings, so be sure to wear good hiking shoes.

hickory nut falls

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Inside Chimney Rock State Park, you’ll find Hickory Nut Falls – one of the most dramatic falls on our list! The waterfall descends over 400 feet before meeting up with Rocky Broad River below. This waterfall is arguably the most famous in North Carolina due to its appearance in the film The Last of the Mohicans. A short 1.5 mile round trip, these falls are easily accessible.

looking glass falls

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Located near Brevard and Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina, Looking Glass Falls is one of the state’s most popular waterfalls due to its accessibility and beauty. Its crystal-clear waters plunge over 60 feet into a large pool below – making it perfect for swimming or just enjoying the view from afar!

bonus: the sliding rock

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Just outside of Asheville near mile marker 396 lies Sliding Rock – not technically a waterfall but certainly worth mentioning due to its unique appeal! This natural waterslide runs down an inclined rock face into an 8-foot deep pool below – making it especially fun for kids with its smooth surface which allows them to slide right down into refreshing waters below. But be warned – if you plan on visiting during peak times like weekends or holidays then expect long lines so plan accordingly!

The Blue Ridge Parkway is home to some of America’s most beautiful waterfalls – and we’ve listed our eight favorites here! So whether you’re driving through Pisgah National Forest or Mount Mitchell State Park, plan to take a little time to enjoy one or more of these amazing waterfalls. You won’t regret it! After all, what could be better than spending an afternoon exploring some of North Carolina’s most beautiful natural wonders? Nothing we can think of!

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eastern smokies, nc

The eastern Smokies are not only beautiful but famous for the quantity and variety of waterfalls. Our homes border the most visited national forest in the nation: Pisgah National Forest, the birth of forest preservation. There are literally dozens of waterfalls within an hour and a half drive of any of our homes, each with modern comforts and stunning views.