The western part of North Carolina has hundreds of waterfalls. Upper Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall in North Carolina.
Noted in this link's article (about Upper Whitewater Falls, North Carolina's highest waterfall) http://www.romanticasheville.com/whitewater_falls.htm the falls are 411 feet high, which may make it the highest waterfall east of the Rockies.
This is a destination for everyone. The 1/4- mile paved trail, yes I call this a trail, is a very easy one. After the trail is a series of steps that go down to an observation deck. Not everyone in the family will be able to do stairs. But not to worry the view at the end of paved trail is worth the short walk.
Near the observation deck is a rugged spur trail also noted in this link's article http://www.romanticasheville.com/whitewater_falls.htm. This trail can lead an experienced athletic hiker to the base of the waterfall. Though the hike seems exciting this part of the journey is for the super athletic type. Even so please use caution.
Keep in mind this is the upper falls, there is a lower one located in South Carolina. The falls are a part of the Whitewater River.
Upper Whitewater Falls is a great spot. Keep reading this article to read more on the part of an inspirational story to come.
The upper falls is only 60 miles from downtown Asheville. This could be a romantic get-a-way for couples or for one friend, a lone journey to seek out nature.
His name is F. Brandt, also known as Mountain Scruffy. He has visited many many waterfalls in western North Carolina, including Upper Whitewater Falls. He is sorta a mountain man in these parts and exploring is something he does.
He describes Upper Whitewater Falls as a " breath of fresh air". Other waterfalls he has explored are: Big Creek Falls, Mooney Falls, Leatherwood Falls, Moore Cove Falls, Big Shoal Falls and many more. All of these waterfalls are located in western North Carolina.
(Special note: Mountain Scruffy will be undergoing surgery on March 5th for prostate cancer removal. I hope he has a speedy recovery.)
Keep reading these articles to learn more about great waterfalls and places to visit in Southern Appalachia, and possibly future articles about Mountain Scruffy's explorations.
Go ahead, find nature in the Southern Appalachian region! It can be so inspiring, just like Mountain Scruffy.