Courthouse Falls

Springing from the west slope of Devil’s Courthouse—the rocky summit where the giant Judaculla held his trials, according to Cherokee legend—and fed by none other than Courthouse Creek, Courthouse falls is popular among photographers, but not for swimmers. The 35-foot cascade, at the head of a small ampitheater carved from the rock face, appears to fall into a solid swimming spot, but in reality could sweep you under with its heady undercurrents. So perhaps its best to treat this historic spot as a museum: Look, but don’t touch.