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Soco Falls, North Carolina

More in the Area: Waterfall Guide | Cherokee | Mingo Falls | Harrahs Cherokee Casino | Wheels Through Time Museum | Maggie Valley | Great Smoky Mountains | Oconaluftee Center | Nantahala Gorge | Nantahala Outdoor Center | Great Smoky Mountains Railroad | Jackson County | Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls

Soco Falls
The twin waterfalls at Soco Falls. Watch a video below.

Soco Falls
View from the observation deck.

Soco Falls is a beautiful, double waterfall on the edge of Cherokee Indian Reservation, located between the towns of Maggie Valley (5.5 miles) and Cherokee (10 miles). Enjoy it from a platform with a short walk from US Highway 19, just 1.5 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway (at Soco Gap at Milepost 455.7). If you are driving from Maggie Valley, go past the Blue Ridge Parkway crossing 1.5 miles. Before you reach the waterfall, there is a small blue "Soco Falls 1/2-mile ahead" sign (but it's only about 1/3 mile ahead). Look for the small roadside parking area on the left. It is easily missed since there is just one tiny sign. You can hear the falls from the roadside parking. The trail starts at the break in the guard rail.

It takes less than five minutes to walk to the observation deck to view the taller falls, a 120-foot waterfall. In the winter months when there are no leaves on the tree, you can also see the smaller falls on the left. For a closer view, continue down a steep trail from the deck to the base of the waterfalls with the aid of ropes. Be careful, this section has some ropes to help with balance and can be very slippery.

Soco Falls is also 9.3 miles from Harrahs Casino in Cherokee and 40 miles from downtown Asheville. In Cherokee is Mingo Falls. Plus, see other waterfalls along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Soco Gap was used by the Cherokee in the 1700's as the main entrance to their land from the North and the East. They used it as an outpost for ambush as well.

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photo spotHighway Parking
The parking area (photo on right) does not have a sign. The trail begins between the break in the guard rail.

Soco Falls, NC
Wintertime at Soco Falls

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