Cashiers Waterfalls

  • Bear Wallow Falls
    Bear Wallow Falls

    Bear Wallow Falls is a decent waterfall in Gorges State Park. While the hike to the fall is great, the view of the fall from the observation platform is below average. As an outing, this hike is recommended, but for the waterfall lovers, see some of the others in the area first.

  • Bridal Veil Falls
    Bridal Veil Falls

    Located just yards from Hwy. 64 west of Highlands, Bridal Veil Falls is the easiest waterfall to find in the area. A small stream plummets about 30 feet in a light roadside trickle.

  • Bull Pen
    Bull Pen

    Bull Pen is as much rapid as waterfall. While not the most dramatic falls in the area, this is a great place to hang out for a while and explore the Chattooga River Trail. Also, the potholes in the rock are amazing and worth the visit.

  • Drift Falls
    Drift Falls

    Drift Falls is a huge slide waterfall on the Horsepasture River. While the fall itself is on private property, you can view Drift from below. But do not cross the property boundary, as they are serious about this.

  • Dry Falls
    Dry Falls

    Dry Falls is a very easy waterfall to visit near Highlands. A parking lot lies just off of Hwy. 64 west of Highlands, and a short, paved path leads to a dramatic, walk-behind waterfall of about 40 feet.

  • Frolictown Falls
    Frolictown Falls

    Frolictown Falls is a small but nice waterfall in Panthertown Valley. Hiking in this area, you really get the feel of being in the woods. There are no panoramas from this thickly vegetated valley floor. Be sure to get a map of Panthertown Valley or find someone to lead you, as the trails can be tricky.

  • Glen Falls
    Glen Falls

    If you are visiting Highlands, and you would like to check out a waterfall, Glen Falls is a must see. While not as easy to reach as Bridal Veil Falls or Dry Falls, Glen Falls is absolutely worth the hike. Totalling almost 150’ within three tiers, Glen offers many great viewpoints.

  • Granny Burrell Falls
    Granny Burrell Falls

    Granny Burrell Falls is located in Nantahala National Forest’s Panthertown Valley area. It is a long, slide waterfall and makes a great place for a picnic. The deep, flat valley floor in Panthertown is a great place to get away in Cashiers but is quite rugged. The area can also be quite a labyrinth, so pay attention to landmarks along the way.

  • Rainbow Falls
    Rainbow Falls

    Rainbow Falls is definitely one of the most spectacular falls in the area. Part of a series of waterfalls on the Horsepasture River, the hike to Rainbow is absolutely first-class.

  • Schoolhouse Falls
    Schoolhouse Falls

    Schoolhouse Falls is a smaller but remarkable waterfall in Panthertown Valley. As with all excursions within Panthertown, a trail map is highly recommended. The waterfall splashes into a large plunge pool and allows hikers to venture behind the fall as it flows over. Be careful not to impact the rare vegetation.

  • Silver Run Falls
    Silver Run Falls

    Though not quite as easy as others in the area, Silver Run Falls is another easy fall to find. Located on Hwy. 107 South about ten minutes from Cashiers, a short gravel and dirt path leads to the falls. Just be careful around the plunge pool, as it can be slippery.

  • Toxaway Falls
    Toxaway Falls

    Runner-up to Bridal Veil Falls as the easiest waterfall to reach in the area, Toxaway Falls certainly wins as the most dramatic easy-to-reach waterfall in the area. A winding 250’ cascade and slide, Toxaway Falls is viewable from multiple angles on Hwy. 64 East near Toxaway as the river passes under a bridge and over a cliff.

  • Turtleback Falls
    Turtleback Falls

    Turtleback Falls is a beautiful waterfall on the Horsepasture River near Gorges State Park in Transylvania County. The fall has a large plunge pool and is a good swimming hole in the summer months.

  • Whitewater Falls
    Whitewater Falls

    Whitewater Falls is perhaps the most famous waterfall in the area. Located on the NC/SC border, this fall is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. It is also a waterfall that is easy to view. About 15 minutes from Cashiers, there is an observation deck and a paved pathway that leads to the falls.