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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Favorite Waterfalls

Posted July 17, 2007 7:24 a.m. EDT
Updated July 17, 2007 7:56 a.m. EDT

There is something magical about a waterfall on a hot summer day. Maybe it’s the rainbow that sometimes arches over the rush of water. Maybe it is the chilly thrill you get when you plunge into a natural pool and enjoy the gush of white roaring down the mountainside.

What is your favorite waterfall? Please weigh in.

Perhaps it is a small cascade you knew as a child or the impressive Whitewater Falls in western North Carolina. Whitewater in Jackson County is the longest waterfall in eastern United States.

One of my favorites is Cullasaja Falls way out west in Macon County. I am also partial to the very popular Linville Falls in Burke County. My father, a watercolors artist, was smitten by the beauty of Looking Glass Falls in Transylvania County.

Elizabeth Gardner likes Watauga Falls or State Line Falls near Boone not especially for its beauty but because at 17 feet it is the highest falls she has paddled off of in her kayak. But she says - be careful about that big rock below.

What about you? What is your favorite waterfall?