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Frozen North Carolina Waterfalls to Visit This Winter

North Carolina Waterfalls

Haley Smith | February 2, 2021

Looking Glass Falls NC

The Blue Ridge Mountains are never quite as dramatic and ethereal as they are in the depths of winter. Trails are transformed as bare trees expose long-range views and visitors are few and far between. The most powerful offering of the winter landscape are the North Carolina waterfalls- cascades frozen in time and rainbows suspended in frozen mist. Experience these for yourself at these 5 North Carolina waterfalls to visit this winter.   

1. Looking Glass Falls

Looking Glass Falls NC

One of the most photographed waterfalls in America, Looking Glass Falls is one of North Carolina’s best waterfalls. The falls are located roadside and are easily accessible a few steps off of Highway 276 near Brevard, North Carolina. While you’re in the area, check out the small town of Brevard. Brevard is home to the famous white squirrel said to have been introduced to the area after escaping from a traveling carnival!

2. Sliding Rock

Sliding Rock NC

If you are in the area for Looking Glass Falls, add Sliding Rock to your itinerary! Located only a few miles from Looking Glass Falls, this popular natural water slide is known for its chilly mountain waters each summer. In the winter, the chilly waters freeze over, creating an icy wonderland. 

3. Dry Falls

Dry Falls NC

Dry Falls is another very popular roadside waterfall. It is unique because it is one of few waterfalls you can walk behind. The trail that runs behind the waterfall often closes during icy conditions, but you can experience the falls from an observation deck nearby. Dry Falls is located in Highlands, North Carolina, near the northeastern border of Georgia.  

4. Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls NC

Less than a mile from Dry Falls, you’ll find Bridal Veil Falls. In past years, Highway 64 ran directly behind the falls. However, in colder months, icy conditions created treacherous conditions for travelers which lead to the construction of the bypass nearby. Now, visitors can walk behind the falls on the old road, allowing more time to fully experience them.  

5. Upper Whitewater Falls

Whitewater Falls NC

North Carolina’s tallest waterfall, reaching a height of 411 feet, becomes an icy wonder during winter months. After a freeze, loud creaks can be heard from the ice breaking and falling as it is pushed down the cascade. The falls are located near Lake Jocassee just a ¼ mile walk from the parking lot. 

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