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Whitewater Falls

Sapphire, NC
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Short hike for a fabulous view

We took this short hike, about a half mile to the top of steps down to the lookout. There’s a great... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
lovelongboatkey
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uk
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Spectacular!!

This is the tallest waterfall in the Carolinas, and in fact the eastern United States) falling over... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
GoLeafs85
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“paved path” (37 reviews)
“viewing area” (34 reviews)
“short walk” (28 reviews)
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Sapphire, NC
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"paved path"
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"viewing area"
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"short walk"
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"beautiful waterfall"
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"parking lot"
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"easy walk"
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"highest waterfall"
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"east of the mississippi"
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"parking area"
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"honor system"
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"half mile"
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"observation deck"
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"picnic tables"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took this short hike, about a half mile to the top of steps down to the lookout. There’s a great view of the falls, which are the highest in the State. The steps are well maintained with handrail and bench halfway, so this is...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is the tallest waterfall in the Carolinas, and in fact the eastern United States) falling over 400 feet and makes a spectacular view. It is well worth the visit. If you are visiting waterfalls in NC or SC, ensure you include this one on...More

1  Thank GoLeafs85
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had some time to spare while looking at property and decided to go for a hike. We made the right decision by choosing the falls. Parking is 2 dollars and the walk to the falls is about 1/2 mile.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Seeing a road sign “Whitewater Falls 1 mi” my travel partner asked to divert there as seeing this falls was on his bucket list. The entrance info kiosk inform that it is the highest falls in the East. Who knew?! Relatively easy walk up the...More

Thank Effie A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though it was raining we made the walk to the waterfall. We were in awe of how beautiful it was. PS- The several sets of stairs are much easier to get through on the way down!

Thank Aaren80
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have hiked here before and couldn't wait to come back again. This time was a little different since it has been raining so much the past few days. We did the typical park and look at the two easy spots to view the waterfall...More

Thank ILTraveller61764
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice little park with an outstanding viewpoint and a spectacular waterfall. The walk to the waterfall is a paved 1/2 mile track. To get the best views you have to go down several flights of stairs to a viewing platform. Very nicely maintained and totally...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful falls and an easy half mile walk on a paved trail. You can see the falls from the end of the path or go down the steps for a better view. Worth the 2 dollars you pay in the parking lot....More

Thank DeeDee2215
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When friends posted pictures of Whitewater Falls on Facebook I realized that I had not been aware of them and their proximity to my home. I took a drive to the falls after 15 days of rain in the area. They are located 11 miles...More

Thank mjo633
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Short half mile stroll on paved pathway to overlook. Fire destroyed stairway to base of falls two years ago. Now this completely replaced with new wooden decking. Parking & day use is $2 per person. America the Beautiful pass covers this-display on dash. There is...More

Thank Lois P
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A4792TDwilliamh
January 13, 2018|
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Response from rockdoctor48 | Reviewed this property |
This is normally open year round, daylight only.
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Hayes E
July 7, 2017|
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Response from LKNCHOWHOUND | Reviewed this property |
USDA Forest Service still lists Whitewater Falls as closed. Is it open or did you walk around the barricade to an area not normally open to the public?
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Joy J
May 27, 2017|
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Response from LKNCHOWHOUND | Reviewed this property |
There is a gate across the road with a sign closed to fire damage to the stairs. Asked the attendant at the Gorges Park Center and she said it had been closed since last November. Small fire burned to stairs and observation... More
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