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Our list of waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains is not intended to be exhaustive. Instead, we have included waterfalls that are fairly easy to visit. There are hundreds of additional waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains that are not accessible on well-marked or maintained trails, and many that are miles away from civilization. Also, we have not had the opportunity to visit all of the waterfalls below, but instead compiled the list by researching a variety of hiking club websites and state and county travel bureaus. Please visit each link to be sure the falls are open to the public during your visit. Also, climbing on rocks above and around waterfalls can be extremely dangerous. Please use caution!

Long Creek Falls

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Long Creek Falls is located on the Appalachian Trail near the Three Forks where the Appalachian, Benton MacKaye and Duncan Ridge Trails meet. The hike is two miles out and back along Long Creek. The road leading to the trailhead follows beautiful...

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Helton Creek Falls

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The Helton Creek Falls Trail is an easy 0.2 mile hike. Please be advised there are many abrupt changes in grade along this short walk. Please stay on the trail and observation deck.

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Sliding Rock Falls

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The rock has long been used as a natural water slide for adventurous tourists and locals. The water is very cold and is popular for cooling off in the summer. The area has been developed by the US Forest Service into a popular recreation...

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Turtleback Falls aka Umbrella Falls

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Turtleback Falls, also called Umbrella Falls, is a waterfall in Western North Carolina, located near Brevard. The falls is located on the Horsepasture River in the Pisgah National Forest. The falls is usually accessed by a hike starting in...

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Rainbow Falls

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The rock face over which the river flows is not vertical, but the large volume of water during normal river flows cause it to leap many feet out from the rock and a deep plunge pool lies at the bottom of the falls. It creates large amounts of wind...

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Skinny Dip Falls

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This moderate, short hike takes you to an appealing waterfall and swimming hole on the Yellowstone Prong of the Big East Fork of the Pigeon River. It makes a great summer swimming destination, a great way to stretch your legs if you're...

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Lee Falls

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Lee Falls is one of South Carolina's finest waterfalls and is another that is best seen after a good amount of rainfall. The main section of the waterfall is about 50' high with additional cascades below. The area around the waterfall has...

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Whitewater Falls

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The waterfall is protected by the Nantahala National Forest. Although some claim that Whitewater Falls is simply the tallest East of the Mississippi, that title may belong to Crabtree Falls in Virginia, depending on how one defines "waterfall". In...

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Spoonauger Falls

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Spoonauger Falls runs down a stepped rock face in a broad sheet. The 50 foot falls is one of the more popular (and camera friendly) in this neck of the Chattooga River watershed. It is an easy 20 minute, 1/2 mile hike in the Sumter National Forest.

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Carrick Creek Falls

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The 1.9-mile (3.1 km) Carrick Creek Nature Trail loops around two creeks with small cascades and waterfalls and displays wildflowers in season.

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