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Address: Sapphire, NC
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A favorite spot for hikers and picnickers, this scenic area features the...

A favorite spot for hikers and picnickers, this scenic area features the Whitewater River dropping more than 400 feet in a series of cascading falls.

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Beautiful waterfall, nice paved walking trail. It would be easy to push a wheelchair up to this viewing place. There are steps to another viewing platform, but this view you see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Benny C
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Salisbury
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Salisbury
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful waterfall, nice paved walking trail. It would be easy to push a wheelchair up to this viewing place. There are steps to another viewing platform, but this view you see the whole falls. In the winter without the leaves on the trees, the view is not obstructed. It was breath taking to see and to hear the water, so... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

beautiful falls especially with all the rain we have had recently. easy, paved walk up to a viewing areas. steps down to a lower platform give a closer and very nice view. lots of stairs to get up back but well worth it!

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1 Thank sc40sumthin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great visit to the falls and enjoyed the 154 steps down and up to the lower level viewing area. The whole family went and it was one of the few days without rain Christmas week.

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1 Thank Patricia S
Liberty, South Carolina
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

We went in at the Bad Creek Duke Energy Facility and hiked the trail to the lower whitewater falls. The water flow was high due to all the recent rains. The river was beautiful as well as the falls. This is a fairly tough hike in length and terrain, so if you have issues, like joint problems or lung problems,... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

This is one of those hikes where you do the easy downhill part first, then have to tackle the uphill climb coming back. It is only about an easy mile down to the lowest view point, but a rather strenuous climb back up. You can choose to go only part way down to one of the upper views and cut... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Lots of water pouring over the falls today ... rain! But took the short hike and it I'd always a treat to see ... one of our favorite falls on the tour

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

Wish we could get closer to the falls. Nice hike. 3 miles and 45 flights by the count on iPhone. Well worth the hike to get down to the foot bridge.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

This is a beautiful place to hike, though they need to fix a couple of the bridges and paint the sign below the lower observation deck, so you know where and how far these hikes are.

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Lake Wylie, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Or so they claim. It is a lengthy but easy hike on paved trail down to the falls, but know the hike back is uphill, although a mild grade. Beautiful overlook at the falls, but not a lot of choices on views. You can't hike down to the water of very close, but the view is still spectacular.

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Pasadena, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

There are many waterfalls in NC, but this is one of the best! And, it's super easy to get to! It's just a 5-10 minute walk, on a paved path (so it's wheel-chair and stroller accessible). There is an option to get closer though, but this is all down-hill, on wooden stairs. However, the view from the paved walk was... More 

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