Transylvania County is widely known as the “Land of Waterfalls,” a name earned by being home to hundreds of waterfalls in all shapes and sizes. Surrounded by mountains with abundant streams and rivers flowing from the heights, Brevard is a perfect location to use as a base camp when exploring all the natural wonders the Land of Waterfalls has to offer.
Perhaps Transylvania County’s most iconic waterfall, Looking Glass Falls, is not only an impressive spectacle but is also extremely convenient to visit. Looking Glass Falls lies directly off of US Hwy. 276 approximately six miles from the entrance to Pisgah National Forest, making it one of the most visited waterfalls in the area. Ample parking and an observation deck make the falls a perfect photo opportunity and provide travelers with a gorgeous view from the road as they journey farther into the mountains. Only a few short miles up the road is another main attraction, Sliding Rock. This waterfall is a gently sloping rock roughly 60 feet long that allows visitors to slide down the rock into a pool of water below.
Equally spectacular are the waterfalls of Transylvania County’s State Parks. Some of the area’s biggest attractions are the convenient waterfalls found within DuPont State Forest. Short hikes lead viewers to Hooker Falls, the three-layered Triple Falls, and the 100 foot cascade of High Falls. Near Gorges State Park is Whitewater Falls, the tallest waterfall in the Eastern United States. At 411 feet high, no other waterfall east of the Mississippi River boasts a higher cascade.
The Land of Waterfalls is dotted with countless waterfalls, from towering cascades to small hidden falls deep within the mountains. From Pisgah National Forest to the State Parks, from Toxaway Falls to gentle backyard cascades, there are endless new waterfalls for outdoor enthusiasts to discover.