The Waterfall Ride
Thursday January 25th 2018

The Waterfall Ride

Tour almost a dozen roadside waterfalls on this scenic day ride.

Distance: 165 miles

Ride Time: All day ride

Difficulty: Easy to moderate difficulty

Start: Maggie Valley 

  • Starting at the Haywood Visitor Center, follow US 19 - Soco Road west.

7.3 Miles

  • Pass under Blue Ridge Parkway at Soco Gap and continue on US 19 - Wolftown Road

8.9 Miles - Soco Falls

  • Gravel pull off on left with small signs on the downhill section of US 19 on a  sharp curve. The falls can’t be seen from road. A path and boardwalk lead to an overlook with 2 converging waterfalls.

18 Miles

  • Continue on US 19 into Cherokee. Turn left @ traffic light onto Casino Road to cut to US 441 south.

18.8 Miles

  • Turn left @ traffic light onto US 441 south to leave Cherokee and merge onto US 74 east (Exit 74). 

 21.6 Miles

  • Follow US 19 / 74 / 441 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway)  east to Dillsboro.

29.5 Miles

  • Leave the highway at Exit 81, pass Dillsboro and continue south. Follow US 441 south to Franklin. 

47.3 Miles

  • Exit US 441 and follow NC 28 / US 64 east. NC 28 leads into the Cullasja Gorge.

 52.6 Miles - Cullasaja Falls

  • Visible from road on right. Limited and hazardous parking near guardrail on sharp curve.

57.4 Miles - Quarry Falls

  • Visible from road on right. Long paved pulloff on right side of road.

60.7 Miles - Dry Falls

  • Not visible from road. Paved parking on right with signs. Short trail to waterfall. Path continues behind waterfall.

61.4 Miles - Bridal Veil Falls

  • Visible from road on left. Paved pull off. Drive behind the waterfall for a photo.

64.2 Miles

  • Turn left @ traffic light in Highlands to continue on US 64.

86.7 Miles - Toxaway Falls

  • Not visible from road. Road crosses dam with waterfall below. Difficult to get a good view. Park at Toxaway Village or along road on dam. 
  • Continue on US 64 east past Rosman and through Brevard

106.2 Miles

  • Turn left @ traffic light onto US 276 north. Ride north into the Pisgah Forest. 

111.9 Miles - Looking Glass Falls 

  • Visible from road. Large paved parking along road on right. Boardwalk to base of falls.

114 Miles - Sliding Rock

  • Not visible from road. Fee area $2. Paved parking lot. Bathers slide down waterfall. Continue climbing on US 276 to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

121.2 Miles

  • Turn right onto parkway ramp. Turn left at the stop sign to head south (towards Cherokee) on the Blue Ridge Parkway

128.2 mi - Second Falls

  • Graveyard Fields - Not visible from road. 1/3 mile paved walk to top of Second Falls. Trails continue to 2 others.

132.9 Miles

  • Exit Parkway. Turn left (towards Canton) on NC 215. Descend from the parkway on NC 215.

134.8 Miles -  Bubbling Spring Falls

  • Visible from road. Hard to find. Look for 3rd gravel pull out on right on the only straight section of road.

137.2 Miles - Sunburst Falls

  • Visible from road on left. River plunges beneath the roadway on a hairpin curve. Small unpaved parking are just beyond. Follow NC 215 - Lake Logan Road to US 276.

150.2 Miles

  • Turn left @ stop sign to follow US 276 into Waynesville.

 155.8 mi

  • Turn right @ traffic light in Waynesvile. Pass through town on Main Street.

156.25 Miles

  • turn left onto US 276 - Russ Avenue. Follow to US 19. 

158.7 Miles

  • Turn left onto US 19 - Dellwood Road. Follow to Visitor Center

162.09 Miles

END: Maggie Valley 

Start: Maggie Valley
Ride: Maggie Valley to Franklin

Ride: Franklin to Brevard

Ride: Brevard to Maggie Valley

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The Waterfall Ride

The Waterfall Ride

Enjoy a dozen nice roadside waterfalls on this day ride.


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    Link Details

    1110 Soco Road
    Maggie Valley, NC 28751

    (800) 334-9036 

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