Looking for the ideal outdoor escape? Check out Gorges State Park in North Carolina, which opened its doors to visitors in 2009. Located just 12 miles from Cashiers, NC, this 7,700-acre state park is waiting for your next adventure; offering rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls, and one-of-a-kind species rarely seen anywhere else in the eastern United States.

Get ready to embark on a journey of discovery amongst stunning views across Jocassee Gorge and the Blue Ridge Mountains! Cruise down paved roads, park up and explore via one of many trails or pitch your tent at primitive campsites with no admission fee. Sitting at a breathtaking height that rises 2,000 ft in just four miles with an abundance of rainfall every year creating a temperate rainforest atmosphere – it’s safe to say you’ll find yourself mesmerized!

Ready to Hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains?

Take a scenic, three-mile out-and-back journey to the most beloved and mesmerizing waterfalls on Horsepasture River – Rainbow Falls and Turtleback Falls. Before you head out, make sure to visit the Visitor Center on arrival where you can get yourself an exploratory map before embarking on any excursions around the beautiful remote area – just head over if you’ve got questions about closures and more.

Rainbow Falls

A visit to Rainbow Falls is an awe-inspiring experience. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 150 ft waterfall offers a breathtaking sight – particularly after heavy rainfall that swells its Horsepasture River source. There’s something special about being able to view it from every angle; not just on front or below but above and around too! Truly a must for nature lovers everywhere.

Turtleback Falls

Uncover the hidden beauty of Turtleback Falls, nestled a quarter-mile upstream from spectacular Rainbowfalls. A moderate 3.5-mile roundtrip adventure through Gorges State Park leads hikers to this majestic wonder known as Umbrella Falls and its iconic natural water slide – although recent injuries have urged us to appreciate it simply with sightseeing opportunities that abound in surrounding boulders overlooking the falls!

Along with these two breathtaking waterfalls, Hidden Falls and Stairway Falls are also gorgeous sights that await your exploration as you traverse along the Horsepasture River near Pisgah National Forest.

Gorges State Park is definitely a must-see for those who love nature and want to experience some of the best views the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. Hiking Rainbow Falls and Turtleback Falls Trails are great ways to spend a day while enjoying all that the park has to offer.

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