Agents Answer: Where are the Best Waterfalls in WNC?

We asked our agents: Where are the best waterfalls in WNC?
High Falls

You’ve been aimlessly wandering from your kitchen table to your sofa—back and forth, hour after hour—for what seems like eons now. You’ve watched your entire Netflix queue. Twice. And you’ve faithfully recreated the entirety of Renaissance art

It’s safe to say you’re feeling a little stir crazy. 

Self isolation can be tough when you’re stuck inside all day. But it becomes a magical experience when you take a hike to one of Western North Carolina’s many gorgeous waterfalls (safely, and at a safe distance from others, as well, of course). 

If you’re not sure where to direct your adventures, our agents are here to help. Luckily, they are experts not only in local real estate, but in our local outdoor amenities, as well. We asked them: Where are the best waterfalls in WNC?


Here in Waynesville, while we are having to stay home and socially distance ourselves, we recently got out and went on the nearest hike to us. It is the waterfall hike with the entrance to the trail directly across from the Cataloochee Ski Lodge. The trail eventually intersects with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park land. The waterfall is only a quarter of a mile down the path and has rope guides to assist with the technical descent. It is a lovely waterfall. We will take some hammocks with us next time.

Amanda Hill

I love taking visitors to Catawba Falls! It’s a beautiful hike that most folks can do regardless of physical health or age (young and elderly), and the really adventurous can continue to the top. I’ve even done the hike in the summer through the river—very refreshing!

Kelly Hetherington

Transylvania County has some of the most beautiful waterfalls around! It is called “The Land of Waterfalls” for a reason. On my must-see list are Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest; Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, High Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls in DuPont State Forest; and Upper Whitewater Falls in the Gorges State Park. Pack your lunch and enjoy a beautiful day in and around Brevard. End your day in one of the outstanding restaurants or breweries also in the area.

Nancy Witek

I enjoy Rainbow Falls on the Horsepasture River in Gorges State Park. It is considered an adventurous hiking and scenic waterfalls river. Horsepasture isn’t known for trout fishing, so why did it produce the state record rainbow trout? You can swim and slide down Turtleback Falls, which is upstream a short distance from Rainbow Falls, but stay out of the water as you get close to Rainbow Falls. Have fun. It’s awesome.

Tom Green

Fawn Lake in DuPont State Forest is not a waterfall, but it is my secret place to reconnect with nature and enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors. Fawn Lake is a gentle three-mile hike from the main parking lot. It’s perfect for a picnic lunch on a warm day. Bring your swim trunks and take the plunge! Don’t forget to stop at the end of the airstrip and bask in the majestic mountain views.

Lauren Rippy

True waterfall/nature lovers will love this hike into the woods with nice paths and surrounded by the great outdoors! Gorges State Park is one of my favorites that has many avenues to explore, but my favorite two are Rainbow Falls, and if you want a little extra adventure, go past that to Turtleback Falls! It’s a wonderful place to get some exercise and soak up Mother Nature! 

Carolyn Black


Waterfall in GSMNP | Photo by Amanda Hill

Have You Fallen for Waterfalls? Live Near a Waterfall in WNC!

Because of our old mountains and varied terrain, it’s easy to find waterfalls, big and small, within a very short drive of anywhere in WNC. Find your dream home near one of the inspiring waterfalls mentioned in this post!


Where are your favorite local waterfalls in WNC? Share them with us in the comments!

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