Waterfalls withing 2 hours of Maggie Valley


Grab your hiking boots and some fellow explorers and make your way to the pristine, iconic waterfalls near Waynesville and Maggie Valley. With hikes ranging from a few feet to several miles, Haywood County boasts some of the most beautiful and accessible waterfalls in the NC Smokies. Don’t believe us? Browse our list of waterfalls below and see for yourself.



Courthouse Falls - On Courthouse Creek in the Beech Gap area of the Pisgah National Forest. From Maggie Valley follow directions to US64. Take US64 to SR215, turn north to Balsam Grove and Courthouse Creek.
Cullasaja Falls - Visible from US64 in Cullasaja Gorge, 11 miles east of Franklin, 9 miles west of Highlands. Height 250 ft. Accessible by foot trail through a half mile of steep terrain.
Drift Falls - From Maggie Valley follow directions to US64, go west to Whitewater Road. Travel south approximately 3 miles to Horsepasture River. Horsepasture Falls is in the same area.
Dry Falls - Located near US64, 3.5 miles west of Highlands. Paved walkway leads to falls from parking area. Walk under 75 foot falls.
Glen Falls - From Highlands travel 3 miles south on NC106. Turn left on US Forest Service Road with "Glen Falls" marker. One mile trail to falls is steep and rough. Consists of three large falls, each dropping approximately 60 feet.
Horsepasture Falls - From Maggie Valley follow directions to US64, go west to Whitewater Road. Follow road to south Horsepasture River. Drift Falls is in the same area.
Kiesee Falls - From Maggie Valley follow directions to US64 and go west to Glouchester Road. Falls located on Kiesee Creek in Balsam Grove near Courthouse Falls.
Indian Creek Falls - Follow the signs to the national park through downtown Bryson City to Deep Creek Campground.
Juney Whank Falls - Follow directions to Indian Creek Falls. Juney Whank Falls are 1/4 mile downstream from Indian Creek.
Looking Glass Falls - From Maggie Valley follow directions to US276 south approximately 20 miles. Parking area is well marked on east side of highway. Short walk to falls.
Sliding Rock - Follow US276 south out of Waynesville to Sliding Rock. A natural rock water slide in the Pisgah Forest. Great fun for the whole family and a natural way to cool off!
Rainbow Falls - Follow directions to Horsepasture Falls. On same road as Drift and Horsepasture Falls. Height 200 feet.
Soco Falls - From Maggie Valley take US19 south, approximately 6 miles to Soco Falls located on the slopes of Soco Bald.
Tom's Branch Falls - See directions to Indian Creek Falls. A 1/4 mile walk from Deep Creek Campground.
Toxaway Falls - From Maggie Valley follow directions to US64, go west. Highway passes over falls.
Whitewater Falls - At 411 feet it is the highest falls in Eastern United States. From Maggie Valley follow directions to US64, go west to Whitewater Road. The falls are located 10 miles south on Whitewater Road.

Bridal Veil Falls - 2.5 miles east of Highlands on US64. Visible from highway

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