WHITEWATER FALLS

LOCATION: Western North Carolina
HIKE STARTS: NC 281
HIKE ENDS: NC 281
TOTAL DISTANCE: ~5.1 Miles
HIKE TYPE: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
HIKE DIFFICULTY: Moderate
TRAILS USED: Foothills, Spur Trail
TRAIL TRAFFIC: Moderate
TRIP TYPE: Day or Overnight Hike
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Nantahala National Forest
Wayah Ranger District
Franklin, NC 28734
828-524-6441

HIGHLIGHTS: Whitewater Falls, also called Upper Falls, is one of the highest falls east of the Rockies at 411 feet. This waterfall is designated a North Carolina Natural Heritage Area and it is accessible via a short 0.2 paved path off NC 281. The Foothills Trail passes near the Upper Whitewater Falls and this route is a loop hike that combines the Foothills Trail with a spur trail that crosses NC 281 near the Whitewater River bridge. There is a designated campsite along the spur trail, and a few other sites that are suitable for small groups that are looking for a nice overnight loop hike in this area.

Foothills Trail Guidebook Foothills Trail Map Foothills Trail Map

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