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Whitewater Falls

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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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I have been going to Whitewater Falls since I was young and it gets better and better each time. It's perfect for those who don't want to hike. You get a great view of the falls... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
charlesjsimon
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been going to Whitewater Falls since I was young and it gets better and better each time. It's perfect for those who don't want to hike. You get a great view of the falls without have to walk down the steep staircase. For those who want a better, closer view can climb down some stairs to another platform.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Spectacular. Easy walk. Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. The water was flowing beautifully. This area of the mountains receives 90 inches of rain per year. The showers were quick. Always have rain gear in reach.

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Thank David H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a don't miss. Free. EZ to get to. And just breathtaking. It does require a very short walk to get to the viewing area.

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Thank MN736
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spectacular view of this reportedly longest drop east of the Mississippi. Short, easy walk on paved path. Almost 200 steps down and once again back up--well worth the effort-if capable. Highly recommended side trip while visiting Cashiers, Sapphire, Highlands region of NC.

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Thank Gerry S
Andalusia, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Out of several tried to see other water falls we actually did see this one. The directions were good, and correct. You drive from hwy 11 in Salem and go north on hwy 130 and follow the existing signs to the falls. It cost $1 per person I believe. Paved parking and easy walk for everyone. I'm happy we got... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As everyone agrees, this is a beautiful waterfall and if you don't want to hike much, it's a short walk to the observation deck. From the deck, it's a long way to the falls. Don't just stop here. Take the stairs down (we did it with 6 kids and some in flip flops - not recommended) and take the trail... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

easy a access, close to other attractions. national part fee $2 well worth the fee. walk down to see the bottom of the falls. easy walk down wood steps. children loved it. we had no children just observed others. fall is 641 feet largest in NC

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Thank Sligome
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the drive and the short hike. These are said to be the "highest" falls / greatest drop of any east of the Mississippi.

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Thank Riverpup
Stevens, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the last of several waterfalls we visited during the day. It was easy to access and well marked with signs, unlike others. Entered the park, $2 fee, based on the honor system. Short walk, 0.5 miles on a paved path. Our 21 month old daughter could do it. Don't hesitate to go down the stairs if you are... More 

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This has to be on of the best waterfalls in NC. It has a blacktop walk way all the way to the waterfall. Great views and easy to get to.

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