The Best Waterfalls in The High Country

The dreaded summer heat is upon us. It’s time to make the most of the 80-degree weather and enjoy some much needed time with friends and family. Whether you decide to go camping or dedicate just a single day to embarking on a new adventure, we encourage you to check out some of these beautiful waterfalls located right here in The High Country.


Linville Falls

Located only 13 minutes away from Linville Land Harbor is the beloved Linville Falls. Regardless of your level of hiking expertise, there are a variety of trails to choose from, ranging from easy to difficult. This local favorite is dog-friendly and has a picnic area easily accessible to hikers. In such close proximity to our Linville Land Harbor facility, this waterfall makes for the perfect sporadic Saturday activity.

Elk River Falls

Elk River Falls is roughly a half an hour drive, 29 minutes to be exact. With magnificent cascades and an unforgettable view, this waterfall is a great place to hang out over the summer. Not only can you gaze upon the view but also swim or fish. However, if you or your kids decide to go for a swim, be careful as the waterfall currents are very powerful and the drop is steep.

Harper’s Creek Falls

Harper’s Creek Falls is located just under an hour away from us. This waterfall is another local hot spot and can be busy depending on when you go, but it is highly noted as a must see. Forewarning, the hike to the falls is rated as difficult but we recommend adventuring through the trail if you’re up to the challenge. When you reach your destination after your 2.9 mile journey, take your pick between the two water holes to cool off and relax.

Catawba Falls

About an hour away, you will find Catawba Falls. Its scenery makes it an easy bucket list addition. Unlike the previously mentioned locations, this trail includes a series of fascinating waterfalls. Plus, due to the trail having a pathway through the forest, it encompasses an extra shady hike.

Crabtree Falls

Although it’s over an hour drive from Linville, the view at Crabtree Falls makes the expedition completely worth it. Not only is the waterfall itself a stunning sight, but the journey there is as well. With a round trip of approximately 3 miles, it isn’t too bad of a hike. Although, due to weather some portions of the trail can be slippery and slightly dangerous if not careful. What are you waiting for? Plan a getaway trip for the day and go see this fantastic scenery for yourself!

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