Let’s chase some waterfalls – and have a picnic while we’re at it. Charlotte is within a quick drive of some of the state’s best cascades. As temps warm up, there’s no better way to cool off than to be surrounded by some of North Carolina’s beautiful naturescapes. Make the most out of your adventure with the scoop on where to head for the best waterfalls close by. (thanks to our favorite Romantic Asheville for the photos! always check in with Mark if you are planning a trip to the mountains.)
If you’re looking to have a picnic in the middle of a waterfall….
Triple Falls at DuPont Forest
At 120 feet, this waterfall is a short one mile hike from the Hooker Falls parking lot (just over 2 hours from Charlotte.) After observing the beauty of the fall from it’s entrance, take the stairs down to the its’s plataeau where you are invited to stand or even picnic between the multiple layers of Triple Falls. Though this is a great spot for a beautiful view, swimming is prohibited at this fall due to strong currents.
If you’re looking for a day full of fun…
Ok so this might be more of a natural slide than a waterfall but don’t let that deter you from the hilariously fun 60 foot slide into the NC mountain’s cool pool. Sliding Rock is located in Pisgah National Forest, just 7 miles north of Brevard. Lifeguards take the stand during the busy summer season so there’s less time to worry and more time to enjoy the mini paradise. Entry is $2.00 per person.
If you’re looking for North Carolina’s largest waterfall…
Upper Whitewater Falls
811 feet of beauty awaits in Cashiers, North Carolina. Follow the quarter mile walkway up to the lookout for magnificent views of the fall and all the nature that lives around it. Once you’ve snapped your pics at the top, follow the wooden stairs to the middle lookout to get the best glances of the nature-made masterpiece. Due to last years forrest fires, Upper Whitewater Falls trails are temporarily closed. However, we don’t have to wait too long since they are set to reopen July 4.
Elk River Falls
Also known as Big Falls, Elk Falls is just a 5 minute walk from the comfort of your car. The water plummets into one of the most impressive natural pools sure to be busy these hot summer months. Walk downstream to experience a couple of cascades. Be extra careful here, these falls have seen several deaths and traumatic injuries.
If you’re looking for spectacular views sans hike…
Looking Glass Falls
As one of NC’s waterfalls located right off the beaten path, Looking Glass Falls is sure to please this summer. The falls received its name from Looking Glass Rock – a large rock that welcomes frozen water in the winter and shines like a mirror when the sun beams. Looking Glass falls about 60 feet and offers multiple spots to post up with the family both in the sun and shade.
If you want a peaceful, quiet experience…
Log Hollow Falls
Log Hollow Falls is considered one of North Carolina’s best kept secrets. The waterfall is accessible only through a one lane, unpaved road but once you arrive, you are within a short hike of multiple falls. Log Hollow Falls will be your first stop. A path will then take you to Loggin Road Falls. From there, the hike gets slightly tricker so it is recommended smaller children turn back at this point. For those that like a challenge, Discovery & Upper Log Hollow Falls await.