are over 260 waterfalls in these mountains, more than anywhere
else in the East. And perhaps nowhere are they better concentrated,
or more majestic, than in Transylvania County, home to some
200 of them. (For a virtual tour, go to www.visitwaterfalls.com
you'll find Whitewater Falls, which, at 411 feet, is not only
considered the highest cascade East of the Rockies; it's also
one of America's more accessible waterfalls. Also providing
easy access are Looking Glass Falls, which plummets 65 feet
and measures 35 feet across; as well as Sliding Rock, which
in the summer acts as a natural waterslide.
course, some of the most enchanting falls in these parts are
the ones you'll find far off the beaten path. Some
of these have lyrical-soundingnames like White Owl, Turtleback,
Upper Bear Wallow, Toxaway and Connestee. Others sound more
fun-loving like Laughing Falls, Merry Falls and Slippery Witch.
is it that so powerfully draws us to these spectacles? For
one thing, being in their presence is actually therapeutic.
As Mark Morrison writes in his book Waterfall Walks and Drives
of the Great Smoky Mountains and Western Carolinas, "They
emit negative ions which counteract our stressful, positive
attraction for many people may be their haunting musicality.
Or for those with a poetic or theological cast of mind, maybe
they provide a taste of what bards like Wordsworth and Coleridge
referred to as "the sublime"; or what Celtic mythology describes
as "thin places" - spots where the visible and invisible worlds
seem to melt into one another.
it's the tenor, baritone or basso profundo sounds of the waterfalls;
the thousand blended notes of the songbirds; the persistent
thrumming of the pileated woodpeckers; or the crackling leaves
under majestic trees, they're all really trying to tell you
just one simple thing: "You're invited to visit us at the
Cabins at Seven Foxes."
Our wonderful mountains offer a wide range of recreational sports, some more strenuous than others but everyone can enjoy the beautiful trails and wonderful mountain vistas and still enjoy an adventure they'll always remember.
Visit Whitewater Equestrian Center just down the road and near the Whitewater Falls. It's a great activity for the kids!