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10 waterfall hikes in the Southeast

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Amicalola Falls | Georgia

These falls tumble down 729 feet, making it one of the highest cascading waterfalls east of the Mississippi River.

Whitewater Falls | North Carolina

One of the highest waterfalls east of the Rockies, Whitewater Falls is easily reached by a short, paved path for hikers who prefer a less strenuous excursion.

Twin Falls | South Carolina

Also known as Reedy Cove Falls, this duo combines to create a beautiful setting. To reach the falls, visitors embark on an easy hike for a quarter mile from Waterfalls Road.

Photo courtesy of Ronnie Phipps

Stinging Fork Falls | Tennessee

Located along the Cumberland Trail west of Spring City, these 35-foot falls may not be as dramatic as others on this list, but their beauty is just as spectacular.

Little River Falls | Alabama

Found inside the Little River Canyon National Preserve in North Alabama, this 45-foot waterfall is the beginning of the Little River Canyon.

Cumberland Falls | Kentucky

Billed as the "Niagara of the South," these falls plunge 68 feet in a gorgeous display, just a short walk from the parking lot in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Corbin.

Anna Ruby Falls | Georgia

This waterfall is actually two waterfalls cascading down from separate rivers into one combined river. Hikers can tackle a half-mile paved path to the falls.

Photo courtesy of Jackson County TDA

High Falls | North Carolina

Falling over 100 feet down from the West Fork Tuckasegee River, High Falls near the Pines Recreation Area in Cullowhee is an awesome display of nature’s power.

Photo courtesy of Cody Bryant

Great Falls | Tennessee

Located in Rock Island State Park southeast of Nashville, these falls are visible from the park’s overlook. For those who want to hike, take the steep, half-mile Upstream Trail leading into the gorge.

Raven Cliff Falls | South Carolina

At around 400 feet, these falls in Caesars Head State Park are the state’s largest. They're also among the most popular.

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