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“Long trip for long distance view”
Review of Whitewater Falls

Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Sapphire
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Owner 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.
st louis
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Long trip for long distance view”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

About 10 long, windy miles from Hwy 64 to reach the parking area for Whitewater Falls. Once you are there, it is a short level walk to an overlook. The falls, though beautiful, are quite a ways off in the distance. If you're willing to walk down a long, steep flight of stairs you will have a different view but we settled for the overlook.

Visited March 2013
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Odon, IN
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2013

This was our second trip to Whitewater. The first one only allowed us to "hear" it because of the fog. This time we were actually able to see it and it was well worth the wait. Whitewater Falls is 200 feet and absolutely gorgeous. Well worth the drive to NC!

Visited March 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 755 helpful votes
“Highest Waterfall in the East”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Considered to be the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, Upper Whitewater Falls, with a 411-foot plunge, is a spectacular sight. Access to view the falls is off NC-281 just before the South Carolina border. The viewing area for the falls is part of Nantahala National Forest, and as a day-use recreation area, there is a $2 fee (cash only) per vehicle. There are no attendants or cashiers to make change, just kiosks to deposit the money and a thing to hang on the rear-view mirror, so be sure to bring a few $1 bills. From the parking area, there is a short paved trail leading to the upper viewing area. Before you get there, you may be able to see a nice view of Lake Jocassee in South Carolina to your right. The upper viewing platform is handicapped accessible, but doesn't have the best views. For a better view, head down the stairs to the lower view area and there are some rocks just below the lower viewing platform to get the best views of the waterfall. The trail continues down to the river, where it meets up with the Foothills Trail, but you can't really see the falls from the river.

Visited March 2013
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Easy walk to see the falls, but taking the trail to the bottom of the river seems to be an all day trip, and very strenuous. If you do it, make sure you are in good shape and have the appropriate supplies.

Visited February 2013
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Dunedin, Florida
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166 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Pretty waterfalls, but viewing too far”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

The waterfalls are very pretty, but the viewing area is so far that you need binoculars or a telephoto lens. The trail could go lower and closer to the river for easier viewing. There could be a couple of viewing platforms for those who do not want to do a longer walk.

Visited February 2013
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