Experts point to geography and rainfall amounts as reasons for the large number of waterfalls in Transylvania County. Transylvania’s elevation ranges from slightly more than 1,200 feet in the county’s southwest region to more than 6,000 feet on top of Chestnut Bald in the northwest.
With an average of 80 inches of rain a year, the county also has one of the highest average rainfalls outside of the Pacific Northwest. The waterfalls have had their practical uses in the past. Gristmills took advantage of waterfalls to produce power, while secluded waterfalls were used for making illegal liquor.
In more recent years, the county’s waterfalls have also been used as backdrops in movies. Triple Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest can be spotted in the movie “The Hunger Games,” while the forest’s Bridal Veil Falls may also be seen in “The Last of the Mohicans.”
A waterfall map is also available at the Visitor Center on East Main Street in Brevard. The following are some of our most favorite waterfalls (in no particular order):
CATHEY’S CREEK FALLS
Take U.S. 64 West from Brevard for three-and-a-half miles. Then turn right onto Cathey’s Creek Road and travel about three miles. The falls are a short distance from the road on the left. connestee falls Two spectacular falls, each about 110 feet high, may be viewed after traveling eight miles south on U.S. 276 from Brevard. The falls may be viewed about 100 yards from a parking lot on the right.
GLEN CANNON FALLS
The lower of these twin falls may be seen at the site of the second hole of the former Glen Cannon golf course. Travel from Main Street in Brevard to U.S. 276 South. Bear left on Elm Bend Road for about a mile until it ends at Wilson Road. Turn left and travel for nearly a mile to Glen Cannon Drive on the right. The falls is on the right after about half a mile.
LOOKING GLASS FALLS
A spectacular and accessible waterfall, Looking Glass is about five miles on U.S. 276 from the Brevard entrance to Pisgah National Forest. Parking is ample with stairs to an observation deck. moore cove falls The parking area for the falls is one mile above Looking Glass Falls on U.S. 276. A 0.7-mile trail leads to the 50-foot-high falls that can be walked behind.
Drive south from Brevard on U.S. 276 about 10 miles to Cedar Mountain. Turn left on Cascade Lake Road and proceed two-and-a-half miles to Staton Road (Old DuPont Road). Turn right and drive about two-and-a-half miles to the bridge over Little River. A parking lot is just to the left. Hooker Falls is on an easy trail from the lot.
Triple Falls is upstream from Hooker Falls. Retrace your steps to the parking lot, cross the bridge on foot and a well-marked trail follows the river upward to the falls.
Travel 18 miles on U.S. 64 West to U.S. 281 South and turn left. The parking area is located in Gorges State Park, the entrance of which is roughly 0.7 miles on the left. Be prepared for a strenuous three-mile round-trip hike to a 150-foot-high cascade.
Travel 18 miles on U.S. 64 West to U.S. 281. Turn left and go eight miles to an entrance on the left. There is a paved walkway to a viewing area showing the Whitewater River plunging a spectacular 411 feet.