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Whitewater Falls

Sapphire, NC
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Currently Closed but otherwise breathtaking

Ended up staying in Sapphire overnight which gave me to opportunity to show my wife, Whitewater... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cornelius NC
Great Hike

This is one challenging hike that you should not miss. It's up and down and all around a few... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Destin, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“paved path” (35 reviews)
“viewing area” (30 reviews)
“short walk” (26 reviews)
Sapphire, NC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ended up staying in Sapphire overnight which gave me to opportunity to show my wife, Whitewater Falls and others in the area. Drove from the hotel back down toward Toxaway and took a right turn onto NC 281. Sign proudly announced Whitewater Falls, 9 miles...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one challenging hike that you should not miss. It's up and down and all around a few hill's. When you reach the falls, it makes it worth it.

1  Thank Kerry437
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

The best waterfall I've seen in the Eastern US. Absolutely stunning and it's only a short drive from the beautiful town of Highland, NC.

Thank tim z
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Any visit to this area is incomplete without seeing WWF, the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River....it is breathtaking in its beauty and setting....good parking with about a 1/2 mile walk [upgrade] to the first viewing area....the best view is seen from the stairway...More

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Beautiful falls, but you can't take the stairs down to see the falls up close because they are now under repair. Technically, the whole park is closed.

1  Thank Emily A
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Don't miss this waterfall. I've been in the winter, autumn and summer. From ice cascades, to rushing water surrounded by colorful hardwoods to a refreshing interlude on a hot summer day this is the go to waterfall! Easy to get to, lovely tidy park, plenty...More

1  Thank Judith D
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Classic waterfalls known for its Beauty and mountain grandeur.....famous for its beauty and dose of mountain beauty

Thank Winslow J
Reviewed 10 March 2017

I was deeply disappointed to find the access road to Whitewater Falls closed with a sign attributing the closure to fire damage. Fire damage included the steps down to the falls. As I continued down the road heading south, I could see through the trees...More

6  Thank Walter W
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful hikes in the area. Just a lovely lovely place. We took a picnic and sat on a rock in the river to enjoy.!

Thank Sdealexandris
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi and cannot be seen all from one spot. There are some paths down to the lower falls from the parking are, but one is very dangerous and many people have fallen to their deaths. Don't...More

1  Thank rk821
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Joy J
Is the waterfall falls park closed because of fire damage?
28 May 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
Ted K
Is it open all year around?
13 January 2017|
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Response from Annissa A | Reviewed this property |
The stairs at Upper Whitewater Falls were destroyed during the wild fires. I believe it will be a long time before this area will be reopened.
Carlton P
My ride planner will not locate it. What is the ADDRESS of (upper) Whitewater Falls?
26 May 2016|
Response from DaddysMarbleyes | Reviewed this property |
Oops, I missed seeing your question till tonight. I am not sure of the exact address, but perhaps these directions will help (depending on your starting point). From Brevard, NC, head west on Hiway 64, (toward Lake Toxaway... More