Whitewater Falls, Sapphire

Upper Whitewater Falls is a waterfall in North Carolina on the Whitewater River. As with most of North Carolina's waterfalls, it is in the mountainous area of the state. There is a cluster of falls in the area where the borders of Georgia and the Carolinas come together. Whitewater Falls is part of that group, very close to the South Carolina border.Natural historyThe waterfall is protected by the Nantahala National Forest. Although some claim that Whitewater Falls is simply the tallest East of the Mississippi, that title may belong to Crabtree Falls in Virginia, depending on how one defines "waterfall". In fact, there is debate as to whether Whitewater falls is the tallest waterfall in North Carolina, as there are some in the state which may lay claim to being even taller, such as Glassmine Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway.There is a Lower Whitewater Falls in South Carolina about 2 miles downstream from Upper Whitewater Falls.Visiting the FallsVisitors to the falls must pay a $2 fee to view the falls. There are several viewing platforms at varying heights that offer different views of the falls.The area surrounding the falls is sufficiently treacherous that hiking off-trail in the area is strongly discouraged by park rangers.
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  • My wife, daughter and I spent Thanksgiving here. It was a beautiful day and packed with people. This is a must see.  more »
  • This is a must see and must do if you are in western NC! The hike back to whitewater falls is great and the falls are magnificent. Take a camera with you !!  more »
  • White water falls is easily found off a main road 15 to 20 miles from Sapphire Valley.There is a small parking fee $2 per vehicle. There is a gentle uphill walk with no steps so this is wheelchair acc...  more »
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