Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls
White Rock Falls
White Rock Falls is located at Milepost 19.9 off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn into the Slack Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway and park your vehicle. The wooden sign across the street marks the trailhead. From there exit the parking lot back onto the road and head left. Almost 300 feet from the parking lot there is the trail entrance.The hike is a 1.8 mile round trip. Follow the yellow markers to the rock outcroppings, the trail then heads downward and around the cliffs. At this point you are at the bottom of the main falls.
Wigwam Falls is located at Milepost 34.4 off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn into the Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area. Take the rock steps located on the right side of the parking lot to the railroad track s and turn right. The waterfall is only 500 feet up the trail. Proceed on the path to the bridge in front of the 30 ft. waterfall.
Apple Orchard Falls
Apple Orchard Falls is located at milepost 78.4 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn in to the Sunset Fields Overlook and park your vehicle. The trailhead is to the waterfall is marked by a parkway sign. The Apple Orchard Falls Trail descends 1000 feet in elevation over 1.4 miles, for a 2.8 mile round trip. Apple Orchard Falls are spectacular and multi-tier cascade waterfall bouncing from ledge to ledge down a sharp cliff. There is a wooden bridge with a viewing platform below the falls. You’ll also encounter wooden steps as you descend toward the base of the falls.
Falling Water Cascades
The Fallingwater Cascades Trail is located at Milepost 83 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, three miles north of the Peaks of Otter. The hike to the waterfall is a moderately difficult loop trail approximately 1.7 miles. The hike will includes views of Flat Top and Sharp Top Mountains, Fallingwater Creek and Fallingwater Cascades. The Fallingwater Cascades Falls is a 100-foot waterfall that drops over a large rock outcropping.
Cascades waterfall is located at the milepost 271.9 at E. B. Jeffress Park and The Cascade Falls overlook and parking lot. This beautiful waterfall, also known as “The Cascades”, is an easy 1.2 mile hike. Two overlooks to view the falls are at the bottom of a half-mile loop trail. Falls Creek runs along the edges of the trails until it reaches the Cascades Falls. The cascading water eventually ends up in the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir and the Yadkin River, near Wilkesboro North Carolina.
FACT: E.B. Jeffress is named in honor of the man who worked successfully to convince the federal government to position the Blue Ridge Parkway on its current route.
Boone Fork Falls
Boone Fork Falls is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 296.4 at Julian Price Park Picnic Area. To reach the Boone Fork Falls you must hike the Boone Fork Trail. The hike is a strenuous 5-mile loop through the picnic area, through meadows, leading you to the 25-foot Boone Fork Falls rushing and falling over car-sized boulders. Boone Fork Falls is also known by its nickname Hebron Colony Rocks, after the nearby Hebron Colony Ministries on Old Turnpike Road.
Linville Falls is located at Milepost 316 off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Linville Falls is the most popular waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a spectacular three-tiered waterfall plunging into Linville Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians.” The Falls Trail distance is 1.6 miles round trip and easy. The Gorge Trail distance is 1.4 miles round trip and strenuous. The Plunge Basin Trail is 1 mile round trip and moderate.
Crabtree Falls is located at Milepost 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Park at the mile marker park at the Crabtree Falls Campground visitor center. The trail passes an old wooden amphitheater used when the campground was open. The trail continues back and forth descending down the mountainside through a dense forest canopy of hardwoods, mountain laurel, and rhododendron. The trail comes to a set of stone stairs and a wooden bridge where the beautiful waterfall is visible in front of you.
Glassmine Falls is located at milepost 361.2 at the Glassmine Falls Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Glassmine Falls is a couple of miles north of the Craggy Gardens, and about seven miles south of Mt. Mitchell. After a good rain, Glassmine Falls is very visible, but during a drier weather, the waterfall reduces to a trickle. Glasmine Falls is an 800 ft. tall waterfall and is one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. The water falls down the rock face of Blackstock Knob Mountain down to the North Fork Swannanoa River.
Get out of your car and walk about two hundred feet on a paved path to see a wide view of Glassmine Falls and the mountains across the valley. There’s no legal way to see this waterfall up-close.
Douglas Falls a 70-foot waterfall is located near Asheville North Carolina and can be reached by two different routes. The first route is at milepost 364.6 from the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is a 6.6-mile strenuous hike on a rugged trail that is only recommended for experienced hikers. The second route to access Douglas Falls is to drive the unpaved Forest Service road and then hike a half-mile each way, out and back. This drive, along Forest Service 74, passes several other roadside small cascades and waterfalls, including Walker Falls. Once you reach the parking area, look for the trail at the far end.
Graveyard Fields Falls
Graveyard Fields is located at milepost 418.8 and is a very popular hiking trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Yellowstone Prong is the water source for two waterfalls in a mile-high valley filled with wildflowers and surrounded by the 6,000-ft. peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
It’s one of the few hiking places along the Parkway with restrooms! Take a short hike to a beautiful waterfall or a much-longer 3.5-mile loop through the meadow to a second waterfall.
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