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Dill & Upper Dill Falls, NC

Located in the Nantahala National Forest of North Carolina, Dill and Upper Dill Falls is a fabulous set of very scenic waterfalls that should be on everyone’s to-do list. The 60ft and 20ft drops, respectively, are both very accessible and offer great photography opportunities.

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Herrin Knob Falls, NC

Herrin Knob Falls, tucked away inside the Nantahala National Forest of North Carolina, is a true gem and a photographer’s field day. The quaint 20′ drop offers a serene and lush setting that does not disappoint, regardless of season. Best of all is that despite being fairly quick and easy to access, chances are you’ll have this one all to yourself on almost any given visit!

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Waterfalls of Balsam Lake, NC

Balsam Lake, located deep within the Roy Taylor Forest section of the Nantahala National Forest, is the only public accessible lake of the area that is not owned by Duke Energy. In addition to being a top fishing destination, that is stocked with Rainbow Trout twice in the Spring and Summer seasons, this lake grants access to four breathtaking waterfalls: Balsam Falls, Lower Balsam Falls, Patricia Falls, and Lauren Falls.

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Waterfalls of Sam Branch, NC

Descending the northern flank of the iconic Sam’s Knob, located in the heart of the Pisgah National Forest, is an even more impressive and lesser known feature: Sam Branch. This anomaly creek passes through a near continuous series of drops as it loses more than 800′ of elevation over the course of a half mile – forming several significant and photogenic waterfalls!

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Moondance Falls, SC (Lake Jocassee)

Lake Jocassee, the blue heart of the Jocassee Gorges, is home to some very , and boat only accessible, waterfalls as the four major river ways of Western North Carolina make their final descents and tumble into the man-made lake, located in Upstate South Carolina.

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Waterfalls of Tough Hill Branch, NC

Located in the Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina, Tough Hill Branch may be one of the most picturesque creeks the area can offer. As the rocky waterway passes through the southern flank of Tough Hill Mountain, it descends into a boulder choked gorge that boasts several unique waterfalls.

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Scotsmans Falls, NC

Located in the pit of the Ellicott Rock Wilderness of North Carolina, Scotsmans Falls is a true gem and one not to miss. The 40-ft drop tumbles over an impressive, rocky overhang before cascading out over beautiful mini-ledges. Best of all, this hike is less than a quarter mile round trip!

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Yellow Fork (Paddys Creek) Falls, NC

Yellow Fork Falls – or also known as Paddys Creek Falls – is a brilliantly crafted 35-ft waterfall located just outside the southwestern flank of the Linville Gorge Wilderness in North Carolina.

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Lower Thompson River, Jocassee Gorges, SC

The Jocassee Gorges, located in the heart of Upstate South Carolina, features some of the Southeast’s most impressive and powerful rivers. Of the four major waterways, the Thompson River is about as wild as it gets – hosting several breath taking waterfalls, deep swimming holes, and even its own natural water slide!

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