Waterfalls Near Brevard in Transylvania County, NC

Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Triple Falls

Waterfalls Near Asheville

Transylvania County, known as “Land of Waterfalls” is located to the southwest of Buncombe County and shares a large border with South Carolina. The rock mountain terrain and high rainfall totals, Transylvania is the wettest county in the state, make this county the best in Western North Carolina for waterfalls. In fact, Transylvania County is home to over 250 waterfalls, including some of the most popular in the entire state. The county seat is Brevard, NC, which is a popular tourist attraction in its own right. Transylvania County is also home to DuPont State Forest. DuPont has several spectacular waterfalls and numerous hiking trails. For this waterfalls guide we have chosen to feature only a few of the waterfalls near Brevard. For more visit www.visitwaterfalls.com, the Brevard and Transylvania visitors guide website.

For more on Transylvania County visit Wikipedia’s Transylvania County Article.

Courthouse Falls (Author's Favorite)

Option 1* - From Rosman, take U.S. 64 towards N.C. 215. Turn right and drive 10.2 miles to F.R. 140. Make a right onto F.R. 140 and follow the road for approximately 3 miles until you reach a pull-off on the right across from Courthouse Creek. There is a trail that leads downstream on the right of the Summey Cove sign. After 0.2 miles, there is a narrow path on the left side at the Courthouse Falls sign that takes you another 0.1 miles to the pool at the base of the falls.

Option 2 - From Asheville, take the Blue Ridge Parkway south until it intersects with N.C. 215. Get on N.C. 215 South and drive 5.2 miles. The Summey Cove trailhead is located at a bridge (which is actually 1 mile south of where F.R. 140 intersects with N.C. 215) and a grassy parking area is on the side of the road. Get on the trail and remember to veer right where it forks near the beginning.

* Option 1 is currently unavailable because F.R. 140 has been closed since the floods of September 2004. Until F.R. 140 reopens, you must instead reach Courthouse Falls via Option 2.

Trail Length: Option 1 trail length is 0.3 miles. Option 2 trail length is 2 miles.
Trail Difficulty: Option 1 trail difficulty is moderate. Option 2 trail is moderate for most and difficult for some.

Crowd at Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest

Looking Glass Falls

Directions: Looking Glass Falls, definitely one of the most magnificent falls in NC, is located within the Pisgah National Forest. The parking area for Looking Glass Falls is just off of U.S. 276 (between U.S. 64 and the Blue Ridge Parkway).

Trail Length: Falls can be viewed from the roadside, and there is a very short trail of well-maintained stairs that leads to the base of the falls.
Trail Difficulty: No sweat! The roadside view is handicapped accessible, and the trail of stairs to the base is very safe and easy for the average hiker to use.

Moore Cove Falls

Directions: The parking area for Moore Cove Falls is located one mile north of Looking Glass Falls on U.S. 276 on the right side of the road. Park, cross the bridge on foot, and begin the trail on the right at the Moore Cove sign.

Trail Length: 0.7 miles
Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Slick Rock Falls

Directions: Take U.S. 276 north to F.R. 475. Make a left onto F.R. 475 and drive 1.5 miles. Take a right onto F.R. 475-B and drive 1.1 miles, at which point you will reach a pull-off on the right side of the road.

Trail Length: Falls can be viewed from the roadside. A very short walk will take you down to the base of the falls.
Trail Difficulty: No sweat! The roadside view is handicapped accessible.

Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest

Sliding Rock

Directions: Sliding Rock is also located within the Pisgah National Forest, not far from Looking Glass Falls. The paved parking area is just off of U.S. 276 (between U.S. 64 and the Blue Ridge Parkway). Sliding Rock is a popular, and often crowded, recreational attraction. "Eleven thousand gallons of water per minute propel adventurous sliders 60 feet into a 6-foot-deep pool. A lifeguard is on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day" (Adams, Ken. North Carolina Waterfalls: Where to Find Them, How to Photograph Them. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, Publisher, 1994. Page 49).

Trail Length: Very short
Trail Difficulty: No sweat! Only a short walk is required, and the man-made boardwalk trail is handicapped accessible.

Selected Waterfalls of DuPont State Forest:

Hooker Falls

Directions: From Asheville, take I-26 east to Exit 40. Turn right off the exit ramp onto NC-280 so that you are driving towards Brevard. Turn left (east) on US-64 and go 3.7 miles to the Texaco station in Penrose. Turn right on Crab Creek Rd. and continue 4.3 miles and turn right on DuPont Rd. for 3.1 miles. You will see a large, paved parking area on your right. The Hooker Falls trail starts from the parking lot itself.

Trail Length: 0.25 miles
Trail Difficulty: Easy

Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest

Triple Falls

Directions: Follow the directions to Hooker Falls. From the paved parking area, carefully cross to the other side of the road and pick up the trail that leads to Triple Falls.

Trail Length: 0.5 miles
Trail Difficulty: Moderate with some very steep sections.

High Falls

Directions: Follow the directions to Triple Falls and turn left on the High Falls Trail at the intersection at the top of the hill.

Trail Length: 5 minutes' walk from the intersection at the top of the hill near Triple Falls
Trail Difficulty: Moderate with some very steep sections.

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Waterfalls in Transylvania County