Transylvania County: Land of Waterfalls

250 alone in Transylvania County and then head to Macon County

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Transylvania County stands out for many things, but it gets its name from one of its most stellar attractions,the numerous waterfalls that dot its pristine landscape. Transylvania County is known as the Land of Waterfalls. Both in terms of quantity and quality of waterfalls, Transylvania County can’t be beat.

There are 250 waterfalls here — many easily accessible as a drive-by from roads and highways, others requiring a hike into the forest to come upon a cascade of water to thrill your soul. See some of them or see them all.

Sliding Rock is perhaps the kids’ favorite — a natural 60-foot water slide right off US 276 about seven miles north of Brevard.

Some of the most spectacular falls are the ones that are easiest to reach. Whitewater Falls stands 411 feet high and is the highest falls east of the Rocky Mountains. You can drive right up to Looking Glass Falls on US 276 between Brevard and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Venture into Macon County and drive right under the 120-foot Bridal Falls on US 64, between Franklin and Highlands; or walk behind Dry Falls, a bit farther along the same highway. Or go up even farther to Cullasaja Falls, 11 miles east of Franklin

Many more falls await the traveler willing to take a walk in the woods in the Pisgah National Forest, the Natanhala National Forest or DuPont State Forest, hikes that can be of various distance and duration. But keep those side trips for summer, spring or fall.


At A Glance

Transylvania County and Macon County

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