The majestic Whitewater Falls waterfalls. Located approximately 23 miles from Highlands. First of all, it is one of the many beautiful waterfalls in the Nantahala national forest. It is practically the highest waterfall east of the Rocky mountains; also part of the whitewater river. Whitewater falls waterfall is located near the Oconee State Park to the left of Georgia and to the right you find Table Rock in South Carolina. You can find the upper Whitewater falls in Nantahala and the lower one in Sumter National Forest. This thread portrays the wonders of the upper waterfall.
Parking area is located at an approximate walking distance of about 5 minutes from the main viewpoint. The trail that leads to the main viewpoint is called the “Foothills Trail”. On that day, many seniors were going to and coming from the waterfall’s overlook. There are gorgeous views of nearby lakes and rivers that really beautify the scenery. The weather that day was fairly moderate; not too sunny and not cold at all.
I believe it must’ve been at about 65 F although it was kinda windy. As with all great and very well maintained parks, the Foothills trail offers restrooms at the entrance of the park aside from the benches and excellent paved roads for hikers. Also, donation boxes are located near the parking area for maintenance and overall bettering of the park.
It is thrilling to acknowledge that this is practically the border between two different states. The views from the trail are spectacular. That amounts to a more pleasurable hiking experience. The trail is perfectly designed for walking comfortably and signaled appropriately too. Some benches can be found along the trail. They serve as resting areas and especially as gazing points towards the vastness. It is also important to mention that the first observation deck is designed for handicapped people to reach it. On the contrary, the second one differs in this aspect due to the stairs and declining topography.
Some forest fires had destroyed the stairs leading to the lower hiking trail back in 2016. The stairs can be a little tiring especially if you are not in great shape. However, the amazing views and general experience tied to appreciating the beauty of Whitewater falls absolutely pay off. Furthermore, here are some pictures of the majesty that waterfalls exude. Enjoy.
In addition to other aspects, the trail itself is relatively short. Thus, I was able to do at least one more hiking elsewhere nearby. I must emphasize that Whitewater Falls waterfalls remain to this day my favorite waterfalls. The immense curtain it possess and the nearby natural setting provides a gorgeous and amazing scenery.
In conclusion, I highly recommend visiting it and even returning to it after some months or years. Interestingly, it would be nice to visit during winter too. I love visiting during autumn. What is your favorite time of the year for outdoor activities?