Land of Waterfalls
Thundering cascades coursing down the sides of North Carolina’s mountains set hearts to pounding in the spring. Hearts and rapids both slow when winter turns mountain falls into a mystical ice sculpture garden.
One of the most amazing waterfalls any time of year is Rainbow Falls. Its constant mist in warm weather sends rainbows vaulting toward the sun, giving the waterfall its name. During winter, the spray congeals on everything it touches, turning the trail icy and perilous. Rainbow Falls, also known as High Falls, is on the Horsepasture River in Transylvania County.
More than 200 waterfalls are located in Transylvania County, many of them accessible off what is known as the waterfall byway: Highway 64. Numerous waterfalls along this route are visible from the road, making it a great way to see the frozen falls in winter from the warmth of your car.
Begin in Rosman at the juncture of Hwy 64 and Hwy 215. Head west on 64, and soon you’ll come upon Toxaway Falls. Pass through Cashiers (pronounced Cash-ers), and soon you’ll come to the beautiful 120-foot Bridal Veil Falls.
A very impressive cascade is 411-foot Whitewater Falls – arguably the highest in the eastern United States. No other in the east has the combination of water volume, height and visibility. Whitewater Falls has been designated a North Carolina Natural Heritage Area. It is reached by taking Hwy 281 south out of Cashiers. A short, handicapped accessible trail makes the falls easy to access from the parking lot.
Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712 | Phone: 828-862-2100
Brevard Music Center is a summer institute and a festival on a 180-acre campus where more than 400 students (14 through post-college), come to study with members of a distinguished artist faculty and with renowned guest artists. For seven weeks, students participate in a vigorous program of instruction that includes ensembles, private lessons, and chamber music. Brevard’s hallmark event starts in June and runs through August, with more than 80 concerts and a total audience of more than 30,000. For festival dates and information click here.
79 West Main Street, Brevard, NC | Phone: 828-883-2200
The Co-ed shows current movies within walking distance to downtown restaurants. Co-ed has been Brevard’s theater for over 75 years. (It’s name was changed to Co-ed when Brevard College became a co-educational school in 1934.) To see what’s now showing and for ticket information click here.
Looking Glass Entertainment
P.O. Box 1308, Brevard, NC 28712 | Phone: 828-243-3496
Looking Glass Entertainment produces concerts and festivals for many genres. Venues include Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center and The Porter Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Brevard College. They are involved with the following events:
White Squirrel Festival (Spring)
Mountain Song Festival (Fall)
Song Smith Gathering (Summer)
|Moore Cove Falls A mile north of Looking Glass Falls on 276, pull off on the right just before the bridge.|
|Looking Glass Falls Coming from Brevard, head up 276 north about 1.5 miles and it's on the right.|
|John's Jump Falls Hwy 281 south a couple of miles past the parking for Gorges State Park.|
|Courthouse Falls Hwy 215 north, 10.2 miles from the intersection of Hwy 64.|
|Cathy's Creek Falls West out of Brevard on Hwy 64 for about 3 miles and look for Cathy's Creek Rd on the right.|
|Connestee Falls Hwy 276 south from Brevard for about 6 miles and look for a sign for Connestee Falls Real Estate on the right.|
|Whitewater Falls Drive 8-9 miles south of Hwy 64 on Hwy 281 and look for a sign and parking area on the left.|
|Rainbow Falls Hwy 64 west then take 281 south. About 1/2 a mile down on the left you will see a new parking area near the trailhead for the Horsepasture River.|
|Turtleback Falls Hwy 64 west then take 281 south. About 1/2 a mile down on the left you will see a new parking area near the trailhead for the Horsepasture River.|
|Drift Falls Hwy 64 west then take 281 south. About 1/2 a mile down on the left you will see a new parking area near the trailhead for the Horsepasture River.|
|White Owl Falls Hwy 281 south a couple of miles past the parking for Gorges State Park.|
|Hooker Falls South on 276 to the town of Cedar Mountain and take a left on Cascade Lake Road, then a right on Staton Road a few miles up.|
Campgrounds and Cottages within 50 miles.