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Whitewater Falls

Sapphire, NC
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Sapphire
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls
Description: 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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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Part of the area known as "land of a Thousand Waterfalls", it's very near Sapphire Valley which hosts vacation resorts. This site, a mere 8 miles from Sapphire, is gorgeous. The views from several angles are incredible. I hear that there's a lower observation area, although from the main observation station, just up from the parking area, I walked the... More

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

An observation deck is located at the top of the falls. It is an easy paved walk, very slight incline up hill but very manageable. If you are able, there are a series of steps (wooden) that goes down to a lower observation deck which if you are able is a must see too. Be sure to stop mid way... More

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Florida
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132 reviews 132 reviews
17 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

There is a bit of a sloped walk up a paved trail to the viewing spot but it is not overly strenuous and it is worthwhile to view the tallest falls east of the Mississippi. There are about 150 steps down to an even better viewing spot and this is worth the effort unless you are physically challenged. (You must... More

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York, South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Really nice waterfall. The trip down the stairs is worthwhile and not too strenuous. I really enjoyed the visit to these falls.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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303 reviews 303 reviews
25 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Viewing the falls from the best vantage point requires climbing 137 steps in each direction. The path to the falls is only a half mile but then there are the steps. A parking and use fee is required but your Golden passport works for senior citizens. The falls is fast moving and a very long drop.

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Orlando, FL
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74 reviews 74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is the highest waterfall in the Eastern US. It is also a 1/2 mile walk on a paved path and a 1/2 mile back. The path was no problem for young kids and a stroller. At the half mile mark, there are some stairs (.1 mile) down to a platform with a better view of the waterfall. The park... More

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Liberty Township, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

been nice to have been able to get closer to the falls, still at a distant overlook was very impressive.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Easy access to falls viewing site. Hike down to valley is challenging. Do not recommend for young children or people with heart problems

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Miami, FL
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Pretty view of waterfall with easy access. We stopped on the way back from breakfast and we did not have proper attire to do the hike. However, the area is very well maintained with a walk up and steps down that were very accessible and easily done.

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Tampa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This waterfall is near Gorges Park, so if you are planning a trip there, be sure to make time to visit this waterfall, it it stunning! Not everyone in our group wanted to make the trek to the bottom, but we did go down to the second level and we were still able to get a great view and take... More

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