Silver Run Falls in the Nantahala National Forest is just four miles south of Cashiers in Jackson County. This 25-ft. waterfall cascades into a tranquil pool with a small beach area. So it's a popular swimming spot in the North Carolina mountains. This means it can be crowded on hot days since its safe for small children to enjoy the water. But on other days, you can often enjoy all by yourself.

Silver Run Falls

There's a forest service sign along the road to mark the small roadside parking area for 4-5 cars. It's a short walk (about 1/4-mile) on a mostly level trail and across a bridge over the headwater of the Whitewater River. There are a couple of observation points along the shore to soak in the views of Silver Run Falls. And many rocks where you can step across to get a different angle.

Silver Run Falls NC

Peak fall color in this area is usually mid-October. 

Silver Run Falls

It's a great waterfall to visit during winter months, especially during very cold weather for added ice formations.

Directions: From US Highway 64 in Cashiers, go south on NC Highway 107 for four miles and look for the sign and parking area on the left.

Nearby: There are many waterfalls near Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina, that are easily seen and enjoyed. Many of these are located along US Highway 64, the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway.

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