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Waterfalls

The Boone Area-World-class Waterfalls!

Finding and photographing waterfalls is one of the most popular ways to soak up the spectacular scenery of the North Carolina High Country. Spring is the perfect time to catch these cascades at their gushing best, other seasons work. In winter, the falls can often be frozen.

The Boone Area is home to the East's highest mountains and a truly astounding number of places to revel in the sight and sound of cascading water. Best of all, the choices include significant cataracts reached by short, easy trails that anyone can tackle.

Check out the waterfall directory at the bottom of this page, click to our Hiking section, or let the links just below take you to complete trail guides for the High Country's best waterfall walks.

Try These Waterfall Trail Guides

Crabtree Falls-Regarded by many as the Southern Appalachians' prettiest, most iconic cascade.

Glen Burney Falls-Take the Glen Burney Trail from the village streets of Blowing Rock down into a cascade-filled "glen" of remarkable beauty. A perfect picnic hike.

Linville Falls-The biggest waterfall on the Blue Ridge Parkway by volume of water.

The Cascades-A short walk with interpretive signs that explores forest tree species and leads to where Falls Creek leaps off the Blue Ridge. Historic cabins are part of one hike here.

Caution: Waterfalls can be extremely dangerous if you don't follow common-sense rules. Every year in the United States, people die falling from cascades in state parks, national parks, national forests, and on private land. Always stay within the designated trailside viewing area of a waterfall. Never climb on the often slippery rocks anywhere near a waterfall, especially at the top. Mossy green rocks look slippery-but even rocks that appear dry can be very slick. Parents: Please watch children and keep pets on a leash. 

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Blue Ridge Parkway

The Boone Fork Falls is located on the strenuous 5 mile loop of the Boone Fork Trail. Boone Fork Falls is located on the Blue .. more

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Blue Ridge Parkway

This beautiful waterfall, also known simply as The Cascades, is located about 15 miles east of Boone, NC at milepost 271.9 on the .. more

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Valle Crucis

Craborchard Falls is located on the property of the Valle Crucis Conference Center. Parking is located behind the paved part into .. more

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Blue Ridge Parkway

This scenic waterfall, located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a 60-foot plunge down a wide and even rock face. At Blue Ridge .. more

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Linville

Duggars Creek Falls is alittle known gem tucked into a tiny hollow near the Linville Falls vistor center. From a wooden bridge, .. more

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Banner Elk

The Elk River drops 85 feet over a wide, even ledge to form Elk River Falls and then crashes into a huge rock bowl that looks .. more

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Blowing Rock

The Glen Burney Trail in Blowing Rock offers a rugged experience just steps from Main Street! Decending 800 feet into the John's .. more

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Linville

Two main hiking trails lead to beautiful views of the Linville Falls. Both begin at the Linville Falls Visitor Center and pass .. more

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