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Pigeon River West Fork Waterfall, NC

Also See: Other NC Mountain Swimming Holes | Skinny Dip Falls | Sliding Rock | North Carolina Waterfall Guide | Hiking Guide | Pisgah National Forest | Graveyard Fields | Outdoor Guides | Devil's Courthouse

NC Waterfall

North Carolina WaterfallIf you are driving on NC Highway 215 North of the Blue Ridge Parkway (exit at Milepost 423) on the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway, you will cross a bridge with this beautiful cascade. After driving down the mountain ridge from the Parkway for four miles, you will cross an arched stone bridge with a curve to the right. Just past the bridge is a pull-off for parking on the left. This is the West Fork of the Pigeon River, located in the Pisgah National Forest.

The waterfall is not tall, but the cascades are beautiful and fun to get a closer look. Sit on the boulders by the rushing cascades. It's a great picnic spot (although no room for a spread on a big blanket). Do not venture out onto the rocks if they are wet. You can slip easily. If rocks are day, you can carefully explore the area under the bridge and up rive a bit. See the swirling whirlpools and enjoy the melodies of the rushing water. You can also enjoy the view from the bridge. This is not a place for wading or swimming. But you can get your toes wet.

Nearby on the Parkway is the hike to the top of Devil's Courthouse. If you continue down NC Highway 215 for another nine miles, you will find the trailhead to the hike to the summit of the infamous Cold Mountain. Also on NC 215 (south of the Parkway) is Courthouse Falls, French Broad Falls and Cathedral Falls.

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