Top 5 Waterfalls in Jackson County

Bridal Veil Falls, Highlands

Now this one is easy to get to – Bridal Veil Falls was known as the only waterfall in the state that you could actually drive behind. The pavement behind the 60-foot falls is currently blocked off for safety, but it’s obviously an easy walk to see this lower volume stunner.

Dry Falls, Highlands

This 75-foot-tall classic juts out over a constructed walkway, allowing visitors to walk behind the falls and stay dry. How cool is that? There is a full accessible observation area next to parking, and a short walk down the trail to reach the falls, making this one of the most popular waterfalls around.

Silver Run Falls, Cashiers

This one is pretty close to the road, with less than a quarter mile walk through the forest to this secluded cove. It’s a single, loud plunge into a chilly pool below, perfect for swimming and exploring- a perfect example of the lush green watering holes that dot the landscape.

Rainbow Falls, Sapphire

You’ll have to hike 1.5 miles in, but it’s worth it. The 150-foot, thundering wash of water is able to be viewed from multiple viewing platforms, as well as the top and bottom. Welcome to Rainbow Falls in Gorges State Park, where a rainbow can be seen emerging from the mist during sunny days. This breathtaking site offers boulders at the base for picnicking and swimming, and don’t miss Turtleback Falls just up the river, and Hidden Falls, a calm swimming pool just down the river.

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Whitewater Falls, Sapphire

The sprawling, tumbling Whitewater Falls is an impressive sight. A strenuous half mile walk nets you an impressive amount of water spilling onto several tiers of rocks, branching out in width as it nears the bottom. Take 154 stairs down to a viewing platform for an even closer look.

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