Transylvania County, Land of Waterfalls

Let water that’s moved mountains shape you

Transylvania County, Land of Waterfalls

A rainbow produced by mist from the 80-foot high Rainbow Falls is visible on sunny afternoons

Located in the southwest corner of North Carolina just an hour from Asheville and two hours from Charlotte, Transylvania County will amaze you with its world of cascading wonder.

Known as the Land of Waterfalls, this destination is a perfect place to explore more than 250 waterfalls, the Pisgah National Forest, and the endless beauty of the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains. Some of our waterfalls have starred in Hollywood movies. Others offer more secluded spots to reflect and re-energize during a memorable hike. Check out a waterfalls list, plan your own waterfall daytrip, or check out some of our most famous falls below.

Please exercise caution and obey all rules and warnings posted near waterfalls. The rocks around waterfalls are often slippery, and the currents can be very strong.

DuPont State Recreational Forest
DuPont State Recreational Forest was put in the spotlight during the filming of The Hunger Games in the summer of 2011. Triple Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the covered bridge at High Falls all served as backdrops for scenes from the film, and visitors can relive the movie and get a behind-the-scenes experience with our four-day trip idea.

Looking Glass Falls
One of the country’s most viewed falls, Looking Glass Falls is 35 feet wide and drops 65 feet. It was named for the reflective layer of ice that forms on Looking Glass Rock during the winter. You can view it from the observation deck or you can walk to its base.

Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest

Looking Glass Falls

Rainbow Falls
The constant mist in warm weather sends rainbows cascading toward the sun, giving the waterfall its name. Rainbow Falls, also known as High Falls, is on the Horsepasture River in Transylvania County.

Sliding Rock
This 60-foot natural water slide in the Pisgah National Forest isn’t a waterfall, but you could say it turns you into one. Wear your cut-off shorts, sit down and slide down the rock into the pool below, where 60-degree water feels fantastic in the summer heat.

Turtleback Falls
Other falls of note in the area include a favorite swimming spot, Moore Cove Falls, which spills over a tremendous granite shelf, creating a falls you can walk behind. Twin Falls, as the name suggests, features two beautiful falls.

Turtleback Falls summer fun

Turtleback Falls

Whitewater Falls
This 411-foot waterfall, called the "King of Waterfalls," is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States, and has been designated a North Carolina Natural Heritage Area. No other waterfall in the East has its combination of water volume, height and visibility.

While you’re in the area, be sure to check out the quaint mountain town of Brevard, a Land of Waterfalls base camp of sorts, where you can enjoy everything from boutiques and bistros to music festivals.


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