It’s August. In Charlotte, NC. The forecast is “hot, humid, and chance of rain” every day. Escape the heat this year, and head out for a day trip to visit one of these beautiful waterfall hikes near Charlotte.
High Falls – DuPont State Forest
Located only 2 hours from Charlotte, High Falls is one of the most impressive sights in the DuPont Forest. Visitors have the option of 2 access trails from the visitors center. The first trail is a moderately steep hike and the other is a strenuous 2 mile hike which also provides access to nearby Triple Falls. At low-water times, the view of the falls is accessible via rock-hopping on the river bank and provides a great view.
Looking Glass Falls – Pisgah National Forest
Looking Glass Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in NC. Located about 2 ½ hours from Charlotte, you will also find other great things to do while visiting this area. This waterfall is so popular because it is one of the easiest to view. The waterfall is 60 feet tall and can be viewed along US 276 from the parking area or along the road. Walk down the steps to get a close-up view of the falls or wade in the cool water.
Bonus: Sliding Rock is a short drive from the falls. Cool off here on a hot summer day!
Moore Cove Falls – Pisgah National Forest
There are no signs on the highway for Moore Cove, but there is an information board by the parking area so you will know you are in the right spot. Hike to this 50-ft. tall waterfall from a small parking area by a stone bridge on U.S. 276, one mile north of Looking Glass Falls. This is one of the few waterfalls you can walk behind in NC.
Rainbow Falls is a must-see waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This 150-ft. tall waterfall is impressive, especially after rainy weather. The best feature of Rainbow Falls is the ability for visitors to experience the falls from the front, bottom, side, and top. Located adjacent to Gorges State Park, Rainbow Falls is just one of a series of cascades and waterfalls on a two-mile stretch of the river. The park is in the Sapphire community, near Lake Toxaway, and about 55 miles from downtown Asheville.
Most of these hikes are also great to do in the fall and winter also. Depending on the rainfall, you will see more/less water so you can take in a new view each season.