We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Beautiful views not to be missed when in Western North Carolina

A great place to see beautiful waterfall scenery with minimal effort. An easy inclined paved... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Steven P
Auburn, Alabama
Easy access

These falls are easy access via a paved trail; beautiful view. The grounds are inviting for picnic... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tampa, Florida
Read all 376 reviews
All photos (211)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“paved path”(39 reviews)
“viewing area”(36 reviews)
“short walk”(32 reviews)
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.
Sapphire, NC
Reviews (376)
Filter reviews
375 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews paved path viewing area short walk parking lot easy walk beautiful waterfall parking area east of the mississippi half mile walk honor system observation deck wooden steps parking fee flights of stairs picnic tables observation point the river
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 375 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to see beautiful waterfall scenery with minimal effort. An easy inclined paved walkway to the top view point. There are then stairs to go down to see the lower view point. Both are beautiful. See it at different seasons and with different...More

Thank Steven P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These falls are easy access via a paved trail; beautiful view. The grounds are inviting for picnic, pet walking and geocaching.

Thank The_Hailes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whitewater Falls is, quite simply, one of those sights where you pause in silence and take in the majesty, the sound, and the scenery. This site is popular, so you probably won't have a moment of solitude. Definitely worth the visit and one of the...More

Thank dubnerw
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

Stopped to see the falls. The park has plenty of parking, picnic area and grassed areas to just run around in. The walk to the falls is on a nicely paved wide walkway. About a half mile all slightly uphill. There are stairs with 154...More

Thank rmpaul
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

I agree wiith all the reviews, it is breathtakingly beautiful. Easy to park. as Easy walk to the first overlook. Stairs lead down to the second overview. There are a couple benches so you can take a break on the way up. However, there isnt...More

1  Thank Lori T
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Especially for older or less physically capable travelers, this one can't be beat. Very, very easy to get to. Arguably the largest waterfall in the eastern US and very pretty. The only thing it doesn't have is privacy, but can't have that and easy access,...More

Thank David B
Reviewed October 6, 2018

We enjoyed a week in this area. Lots of fun to each day enjoy a different hike to a different beautiful waterfall! This area near Sapphire, NC, has much to offer a lot of variety for us 79 year olds. Maybe in the future we...More

Thank brazilfray
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Parking is $2 and you can walk a gently sloping paved path to see the tallest falls east of the Mississippi. If you are up to a 40min steep decent to the base of the falls, that is highly recommended, and begins at the viewing...More

2  Thank KwajFrank
Reviewed September 2, 2018

I am 70 years old but found this 2 mile hike fairly easy. As advised by a local hiker shop, take the left fork when you start and that will make the climb back up more reasonable. The falls are worth the effort.

1  Thank Tom M
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

This one of the most beautiful waterfalls East of the Mississippi. Access is easy for everyone. The steps to the mid section is worthwhile the effort. Fantastic picture spot.

1  Thank Mario T
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 2 nearby hotels
High Hampton Resort
260 reviews
5.84 miles away
Hampton Inn & Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley
454 reviews
6.66 miles away
Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Sapphire Valley
137 reviews
6.74 miles away
Mountain Falls Luxury Motorcoach Resort
9 reviews
7.33 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 8 nearby restaurants
Table 64
117 reviews
6.73 miles away
Mica's Restaurant & Pub
419 reviews
6.80 miles away
Cashiers Farmers Market
278 reviews
7.26 miles away
The Library Kitchen & Bar
87 reviews
6.55 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 9 nearby attractions
Silver Run Falls
76 reviews
3.58 miles away
Jocassee Lake Tours
130 reviews
6.84 miles away
Devils Fork State Park
192 reviews
6.89 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
January 13, 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from rockdoctor48 | Reviewed this property |
This is normally open year round, daylight only.
Hayes E
July 7, 2017|
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?
Joy J
May 27, 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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