Top 10 Frozen Waterfalls in North Carolina

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The new year has started on a truly cold note.

We’re now in one of the coldest snaps in decades. While we still haven’t seen any snow, this freezing weather is producing some incredible sights like these frozen waterfalls nearby in the North Carolina mountains.

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Check out these waterfalls captured by RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide last week. All of these are located in the Brevard, Highlands and Cherokee areas. While they have good trails to follow, hiking shoes with strong grips are highly recommended for icy areas. All are free to visit. As always, be very careful and stay on the trail. Go to RomanticAsheville.com for complete guides for each.

#1 Eastatoe Falls

This gorgeous waterfall in Rosman (near Brevard) is tucked away behind someone’s home, but they welcome sightseers.

Frozen Eastatoe Falls, NC

#2 Looking Glass Falls

This roadside waterfall in Pisgah National Forest on US 276 can be seen from the parking area. You can take the stairs down for a closer look.

Frozen Looking Glass Falls, NC

#3 Sliding Rock

Each summer, thousands flock to this natural water slide. So it’s fun to see covered in ice.

Frozen Sliding Rock, NC

#4 Daniel Ridge Falls

Hike a half mile deep into Pisgah National Forest to discover this 150-foot tall frozen cascade near Looking Glass Rock.

Frozen Daniel Ridge Falls

#5 Upper Whitewater Falls

The tallest waterfall in North Carolina is a 411-foot tall icy wonder, complete with loud booms from moving ice.

Frozen Upper Whitewater Falls

#6 Silver Run Falls

This idyllic setting in Nantahala National Forest is near Cashiers, a short walk from the road.

Frozen Silver Run Falls

#7 Dry Falls

A favorite for generations, this is one of the rare waterfalls that you walk behind. It’s roadside on US 64 near Highlands. The trail closes when it gets too icy, but you can see from an observation deck.

Frozen Dry Falls

#8 French Broad & Mill Shoals Falls

These twin cascades hidden near NC Highway 215, just a short walk from the road.

Frozen Mill Shoals Falls

#9 Mingo Falls

This 200-foot Cherokee waterfall looks more like a glacier right now. It’s a must see in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Frozen Mingo Falls

#10 Catawba Falls

Located just a few minutes from I-40 in Old Fort (about 110 miles from Charlotte), hike 1.5 miles past a cascading river to this 100-foot waterfall.

Frozen Catawba Falls, NC

Remember: Be safe. Do not venture onto the ice since you could easily slip or fall through the ice into the water.

For even more waterfalls in the North Carolina mountains, check out RomanticAsheville.com’s Top 60 Waterfalls near Asheville. While most are easy to find, few have signs or addresses for GPS. So download the written directions before you go!

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