Ranger Falls

This is an a small, steep, attractive cascade surrounded by laurel and rhododendron. Most of the water falls on the left side (looking up) when the water is low; a small stream also comes down under the bushes on the right. When the water is very high, the cascade spreads out over the entire rock face, making it look very different. Lush green moss grows on the rocks, as the sun shines brightly on the falls by midday.

Driving Directions

From Highlands, N.C., drive 4.6 miles west on U.S. Hwy. 64 and turn right into the Cliffside Recreation Area. Drive another 1.4 miles, past the main lake parking area, to the picnic area parking on the left. There is a $4.00/vehicle charge to use this area during the in-season.

Trail Directions

From the back of the parking area, follow the signed Ranger Falls uphill for 0.3 miles, and turn left. Descend to Ranger Creek and start following it uphill for a short distance; the trail crosses the creek on a bridge just below the falls.

– by northcarolinawaterfalls.info