Waterfalls & Hikes Cashiers NC

Explore our Waterfall Hikes Cashiers NC

Name Information Directions

High Falls Trail

  • Difficult 1 mile trail
  • From Lake Glenville Dam to the base of High Falls on the Upper West Fork of the Tuckasegee River.
From Cashiers, drive 6.7 miles north on NC 107, turn left on Pine Creek Rd. (SR llS 7).

Continue 1. 7 miles to parking area on right across road from Pines Recreation Area.

Panthertown Valley Trails

  • Moderate to difficult
  • More than 25 miles of designated trails, from old logging roads to foot paths
  • 6,300 acres of the Nantahala National Forest.
From Cashiers, drive 2 miles east on US 64, turn left on Cedar Creek Rd. (SR 1376).

Continue for 2.3 miles, turn right on Breedlove Rd. (gravel) for 4 miles to parking area.


  • 9 miles, 7 miles to river, 30-40 minutes one-way
  • 411′ Tallest waterfall in the East
  • Dirt mound to the left leads to the river, be prepared to wade in cold calf-deep water
  • 5-10 minute walk leads to paved trail to an overlook, wheelchair accessible
  • Stairs on the right to a second vantage point of the falls
  • Picnic area
  • $2 parking fee
Highway 107 South from cross-roads for 9.2 miles to first left turn after crossing state line.

Continue 2.2 miles to next stop sign.Turn left and go another 1.2 miles to parking area.

Yellow Mountain Trail

  • 4.8 miles, 3-5 hours one-way
  • Yellow Mountain is 5127′, highest point in the district
  • 360 degree view from lookout tower
  • Difficult trail, steep ascents and descents
  • Longest trail in Cashiers
Take 64 West about 7 miles to Buck Creek Road.

Drive about 2.3 miles and look for trail going up the bank on the right.

Sliding Rock

  • Natural water slide into swimming hole in the Chattooga Wild & Scenic River, Nantahala National Forest.
  • Located on Chattooga River
  • Great for kids
From Cashiers, drive south on NC 107 for 1.7 miles and turn right on Whiteside Cove Road.

Continue for 2.7 miles crossing a bridge just before the parking area on your right.

Limited parking available for approximately 8-10 vehicles.

Silver Run Falls

  • Swimming hole at base of waterfall on Silver Run Creek, Nantahala National Forest.
  • 25′ fall
  • Beautiful boulder face fun to swim down into the private lake and stand underneath the fall.
From Cashiers, driye south on NC 107 for 4.1 miles and turn left into small gravel parking area.

Continue on short trail crossing small bridge to waterfall and swimming hole

Turtleback and Rainbow Falls

  • 150′ waterfalls, on sunny mornings you can see a rainbow over the falls
  • One of the falls “Bust your butt falls”, ride a tube or slide down the rock
  • Not for young children or the less physically fit
From Cashiers drive East on 64 for about 10.5 miles, turn right (South) on 281 for about 1 mile. Forest Service Horse pasture River/Rainbow Falls sign on left. Parking on Right. Go down trail for approximately 1 mile until intersects a trail that parallels the river of Turtleback Falls, go left along trail to view from the bottom. Continue 1/4 mile to Rainbow Falls

Chattooga River Trail

  • Difficult 6.25 mile trail along Chattooga River from Whiteside Cove trailhead to Iron Bridge in Bull Pen, Nantahala National Forest.
  • Many places by the river are perfect for picnics
From Cashiers, drive south on NC 107 for 1.7 miles.Turn right on Whiteside Cove Rd. (SR ll07).

Continue for 4.25 miles to parking area on left.

The Narrows

  • Cascading rivers
  • Swimming hole
  • Narrow Channel
  • 4 miles round trip
  • Trail head Whiteside Cove Road
Take Horse Cove Rd. 4.3 miles from the corner of Fourth and Main St. in Highlands to the end of the pavement. Turn left onto Whiteside Cove Rd. and drive 0.9 miles. The trail is on a logging road on the right and descends 2 miles to The Narrows. You will pass a trail to the right, which continues to Bull Pen Bridge on Horse Cove Rd. Be sure to return the way you came.

Ellicott’s Rock – Bad Creek

  • 7 mile round trip
  • Ellicott’s rock is a rock embedded in the Chattooga river with NC carved out by surveyor Andrew Ellicott
  • Trail head Bull Pen Road
Turn on Bull Pen rd., about 2.5-3 miles park on the right in the gravel just after Fowler Creek Bridge, walk back over the bridge on the opposite side of the road is the trailhead.