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Waterfalls of the Southern Appalachians

 
Waterfalls of the Southern Appalachians

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Object Title: Waterfalls of the Southern Appalachians

Image Type(s): Water

 

Page By: dwhike

Created/Edited: Nov 1, 2006 / Apr 3, 2010

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A Region of Water...

I love waterfalls. I love mountains. For me there is no place better than the Southern Appalachians. The high peaks and ridges of this region recieve some of the highest annual rainfall totals in the continental U.S. Areas in the southern mountains of North Carolina recieve upwards of 100-inches per year! All this water has to go somewhere. In numerous creeks and streams it cascades its way down the mountainsides. In the Southern Appalachains you are seldom more than a dozen miles from a waterfall of some sort.

One of my growing hobbies is waterfall photography. I am always torn between using a day off to climb a mountian or visiting a waterfall. I enjoy waterfalls because of their simple beauty and their solitude. Many require surprisingly difficult hikes to reach which means you can often have them all to yourself. The number of waterfalls in this region is staggering. There are something like 87 named waterfalls in Transylvania County, NC alone!! I've barely scratched the surface when it comes ot exploring the regions' waterfalls and I love it!

I created this album to share the beauty I've found exploring the waters of the Southern Appalachians. I hope you enjoy them and I would welcome any pictures you may have from this area. I'm always looking for new falls to visit! Enjoy!!

Get A Guide...

Many of the waterfalls in the Southern Appalachains are quite diffucult to find. Just getting to the trailhead down narrow, winding dirt roads can be an adventure in intself. From there its often a steep climb or descent to a rocky gorge where you may find you have a tough bushwhack along the creekside to get a decent view. For me this just adds to the enjoyment when I get there. Needless to say you will need a good guidebook, an accurate map, and a compass for good measure.

I rely primarily on these three guidebooks:

North Carolina Waterfalls, by Ken Adams

Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia, by Ken Adams

Tennessee Waterfalls, by Gregory Plumb

Along with these you are going to need some good maps. The DeLorme Atlas' for North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, & West Virginia will help you find your way down those mountain backroads and I've found the Trails Illustrated maps by National Geographic quite reliable once on the trail.

Along with the guidebooks he has written above Ken Adams has a great supplemental website you can visit HERE that gives great info on road and trail closings as well as new waterfalls that are not listed in his books.

Also, you won't want to miss NCWaterfalls.com. It is probably the most extensive website on waterfalls I've found. Despite its name he has good info and pics of waterfalls all over the Southern Appalachians. He also gives some great tips on how to shoot waterfalls that I have found very helpful.

That should get ya going!

Rainy Days are a Good Thing...

Another thing I like about waterfalls is that they give me a good excuse to get out in the woods even on a dreary day. In fact, the drearier the better. The slow shutter speeds required for that silky look in many waterfall shots require an absence of bright, glaring light. You have no idea how frustrated I get after hiking 2 miles down a ravine, get set up, and have the sun break through the clouds. AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

So, if you're wanting to go out and shoot that perfect waterfall pic, pray for rain (or at least a good, thick cloud cover:)!

Georgia...

Waterfalls collected thus far, alphabetically, in Georgia...

Amicalola Falls


Dawson County

34.5701 N
84.24884 W

Anna Ruby Falls


White County

34.76545 N
83.71394 W

Crow Creek Falls



Rabun County
34.7768 N
83.52428 W

Denton Branch Falls


Towns County

34.9857 N
83.55 W

DeSoto Falls


Lumpkin County

34.706167 N
83.915833 W

Helton Creek Falls


Union County

34.7533 N
83.895 W

High Shoals Falls


Lumpkin County

34.6485 N
84.0222 W

Long Creek Falls


Fannin County

34.6698 N
84.1889 W

Minnehaha Falls


Rabun County

34.7475 N
83.480667 W


North Carolina

Waterfalls collected thus far, alphabetically, in North Carolina...

Anthony Creek Tributary Falls


Caldwell County

36.07250 N
81.7432 W
Frozen Waterfall on Bluff Mountain
 

Bluff Mountain Falls


Ashe County

36.391 N
81.572 W
Bluff Mtn waterfall
 

Boone Fork Cascades


Caldwell County

36.12047 N
81.78671 W

Bubbling Spring Branch Falls


Haywood County

35.31096 N
82.90733 W

Bucks Timber Creek Falls


Avery County

36.08441 N
81.78635 W
Cascade Falls
 

Cascades The


Wilkes County

36.249341 N
81.454337 W
Cascade Falls
 
Courthouse Falls NC
 

Courthouse Falls


Wilkes County

35.27511 N
82.89329 W
Courthouse Falls
 

Craborchard Falls


Watauga County

36.20337 N
81.79423 W

Crabtree Falls


Yancey County

35.85802 N
82.13631 W
Cullasuja Falls
 

Cullasaja Falls


Macon County

35.116397 N
83.269527 W

Douglas Falls


Buncombe County

35.72667 N
82.38028 W

Duggers Creek Falls


Burke County

36.119 N
81.494 W
Dry Falls
 

Dry Falls


Macon County

35.068091 N
83.239067 W
Dry Falls
 

Elk Falls


Avery County

36.19849 N
81.96769 W

Flat Laurel Creek


Haywood County

35.32551 N
82.89886 W

Glen Burney Falls


Caldwell County

36.12473 N
81.68231 W

Glen Marie Falls


Caldwell County

36.12473 N
81.68231 W
Greybeard Creek
 

Greybeard Creek Cascades


Buncombe County

35.64705 N
82.29879 W

Hebron Colony Falls


Watauga County

36.16408 N
81.73378 W

High Falls


Transylvania County

35.19272 N
82.61367 W
This is High Shoals...
 

High Shoals Falls


Burke County

35.594419 N
81.635552 W

Hunt-Fish Falls


Avery County

36.01938 N
81.80346 W
Hooker Falls
 

Hooker Falls


Transylvania County

35.20211 N
82.623752 W
Hooker Falls
 

Indian Creek Falls


Swain County

35.47266 N
83.42783 W

Jacob Fork Cascades


Burke County

35.59500 N
81.60048 W

Laurel Creek Falls


Watauga County

36.25235 N
81.85261 W

Linville Falls


Burke County

35.94957 N
81.92678 W
Brink of Linville Falls
 

Little Wilson Creek


Avery County

36.08334 N
81.79148 W

Log Hollow Branch Falls


Transylvania County

35.32233 N
82.80342 W

Log Hollow Branch
North Tributary


Transylvania County

35.32233 N
82.80342 W

Log Hollow Branch
South Tributary


Transylvania County

35.32233 N
82.80342 W
Mingo Falls
 

Mingo Falls


Swain County

35.531944 N
83.274722 W

Pond Creek Falls


Avery County

36.20630 N
81.8753 W

Roaring Fork Falls


Yancey County

35.76020 N
82.1918 W

Rufus Morgan Falls


Macon County

35.14690 N
83.5648 W

Second Falls


Haywood County

35.321667 N
82.845278 W

Setrock Creek Falls


Yancey County


Silver Run Falls
 

Silver Run Falls


Macon County

35.06604 N
83.06694 W

Silvervale Falls


Caldwell County

36.048333 N
81.595000 W
Tom Branch Falls
 

Tom Branch Falls


Swain County

35.467 N
83.431 W

Tom's Creek Falls


McDowell County

35.77760 N
82.0623 W

Triple Falls


Transylvania County

35.19900 N
82.6713 W

Unnamed Falls
(Dixon Creek)


Caldwell County

36.10971 N
81.77995 W

Unnamed Falls
(Wilson Creek)


Avery County

36.09871 N
81.8065 W
Unnamed Falls (Wilson Creek)
 
Unnamed Falls (Wilson Creek)
 

Upper Creek Falls


Burke County

35.96140 N
81.8626 W

Waterfall Park


Avery County

36.06900 N
81.9232 W
Raven Cliff Falls
 

South Carolina

Waterfalls collected thus far, alphabetically, in South Carolina...

Raven Cliff Falls


Greenville County

35.10897 N
82.66340 W
King Creek Falls
 

King Creek Falls


Oconee County

34.96862 N
83.10963 W
Abrams Falls
 

Tennessee

Waterfalls collected thus far, alphabetically, in Tennessee...

Abrams Falls


Blount County

35.60833 N
83.87972 W
Backbone Creek, TN
 

Backbone Creek Falls


Johnson County

36.5922 N
81.8155 W
Coon Den Branch, TN
 

Coon Den Branch


Carter County

36.25333 N
82.11888 W
Dennis Cove Falls, TN
 

Dennis Cove Falls


Carter County

36.24969 N
82.0991 W
Firescald Branch, TN
 

Firescald Branch Falls


Carter County

36.2496 N
82.0872 W
Grotto Falls
 

Grotto Falls


Sevier County

35.6739 N
83.4496 W
Huskey Branch Falls
 

Huskey Branch Falls


Sevier County

35.63868 N
83.55157 W
Jakes Creek Trail
 

Jakes Creek Falls


Sevier County

35.6358 N
83.5866 W
Laurel Falls (TN)
 

Laurel Falls


Sevier County

35.6775 N
83.59302 W
Rainbow Falls in Snow
 

Rainbow Falls


Sevier County

35.66194 N
83.46306 W
Twisting Falls, TN
 

Twisting Falls


Carter County

36.2309 N
81.97517 W
Lower Cabin Creek, VA
 

Virginia

Waterfalls collected thus far, alphabetically, in Virginia...

Cabin Creek Falls


Grayson County

36.63230 N
81.5187 W
Cabin Creek Falls (Lower)
 

Upper Cabin Creek, VA
 
Cabin Creek Cascade
 

Cedar Run
 

Cedar Run Falls


Shenandoah National Park


Dark Hollow Falls
 

Dark Hollow Falls


Shenandoah National Park

38.51889 N
78.42361 W
Dark Hollow Falls
 
Dark Hollow Falls
 
Upper Doyles River Falls
 

Doyles River Falls


Shenandoah National Park


Lower Doyles River Falls
 
Jones Run Falls
 

Jones Run Falls


Shenandoah National Park

38.229146 N
78.705840 W
Lewis Springs Falls
 

Lewis Springs Falls


Shenandoah National Park

38.520278 N
78.449722 W
Lower Waterfall - Stoney Creek
 

Little Stony Creek Falls


Blount County

36.87480 N
82.46250 W
Middle Waterfall - Stoney Creek
 
Upper Waterfall - Stoney Creek
 
Falls of Naked Creek
 

Naked Creek, Falls of


Shenandoah National Park

38.512864 N
78.467748 W
Negro Run
 

Negro Run Falls


Shenandoah National Park


South River Falls
 

South River


Shenandoah National Park


Whiteoak Falls #6
 

Whiteoak Falls


Shenandoah National Park

38.564 N
78.3637 W
Whiteoak Falls #5
 

Whiteoak Falls #1
 
Whiteoak Falls #4
 

Whiteoak Falls #2
 
Wilson Creek, VA
 

Wilson Creek Falls


Grayson County

36.646 N
81.4898 W
Blackwater Falls
 

West Virginia

Waterfalls collected thus far, alphabetically, in West Virginia...
Blackwater Falls


Tucker County

39.108889 N
79.496111 W
Blackwater Falls, WV
 
Elakala Falls
 

Elakala Falls


Tucker County

39.10889 N
79.49611 W
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Bob SihlerWaterfalls

Bob Sihler

Voted 10/10

This album is a great idea. I share your sentiments about the region, especially the falls in Shenandoah National Park. I added several shots myself, and I also attached your album to my new Blue Ridge Mountains page. If you want it detached, just let me know.

Bob
Posted Nov 1, 2006 10:29 pm

dwhikeThanks...

dwhike

Hasn't voted

I appreciate the nice comments. Thank you also for all the great shots you contributed. I havn't been up to the Shenandoah in search of falls yet but you've certainly whetted my appetite!

-Dan
Posted Nov 1, 2006 10:42 pm

dwhikeThank you...

dwhike

Hasn't voted

so much for the comment. I'm glad you enjoy it.

-Dan
Posted Nov 3, 2006 4:59 pm

SteveinFXBGNice

SteveinFXBG

Hasn't voted

I'm glad to see this album get created. Some great images and looking forward to seeing more. I'd post some that I have but I don't want to lower the standards of this nice album!
Posted Nov 3, 2006 10:53 pm

dwhikeRe: Nice

dwhike

Hasn't voted

I appreciate the comments. I went ahead and attached your image of Elakala Falls, its a beautiful shot. I havn't been to any falls in WV yet. Don't worry about quality, if you have some go ahead and post them!

-Dan
Posted Nov 3, 2006 11:22 pm

e-doclocation

e-doc

Hasn't voted

Good page. What it be better placed elsewhere? People will not enjoy unless they go to Smokies page. But I'm not sure where to put it.
Posted Nov 7, 2006 9:57 pm

dwhikeRe: location

dwhike

Hasn't voted

I had the same thoughts, I've attached it to a couple range pages but aside from attaching to every single mountain page (which I won't do)I don't know. Some of the falls are in the vicinity of some more popular mountains (i.e Mt. Rogers) so maybe I'll just attch it to a select few with owners permission. If you (or anyone else) has more thoughts on this I'd be very open to ideas.
-Dan
Posted Nov 8, 2006 2:44 am

WoundedKneeExcellent idea

WoundedKnee

Voted 10/10

I have some pics of waterfalls near the South Mountains State Park that I'll post. Another great spot for falls.
Posted Dec 4, 2006 11:48 am

dwhikeRe: Excellent idea

dwhike

Hasn't voted

Thanks, I visited South Mountains myself a month or so ago and was amazed to find such large falls in an area so far from the higher mountains of NC. I'd love to see some of the pics you have, the darn sun came out the day I drove there so I wasn't real happy with many of my shots.
Posted Dec 6, 2006 4:13 am

MarkDidierExcellent Page!

MarkDidier

Voted 10/10

Excellent page on the waterfalls of this area. Most everyone I know loves waterfalls. This page gives me some great research for organizing a trip that my wife would actually enjoy! I wish I had more than one picture to post, but most of my good waterfall pictures are prints - not digital - and I haven't scanned them to digital yet. FYI, I did post some LeConte/Boulevard pictures to your Mt. LeConte page. Great work!
Posted Aug 9, 2008 10:29 am

dwhikeRe: Excellent Page!

dwhike

Hasn't voted

Thanks for stopping by! Glad you find it useful. Your shot of the cascade on Jakes Creek is a nice addition, I love those pics of unnamed trailside falls. Cheers, Dan
Posted Aug 10, 2008 9:05 am

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