Lake Toxaway Area Waterfalls

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Lake Toxaway Area Waterfalls is a 0.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Toxaway, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.3 miles
29 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips
2 months ago

Short and easy access to the falls, You can see the falls from the parking area.

4 months ago

map tool us to a private sd with no trail access.

8 months ago

I very much enjoyed hiking to Rainbow, Turtleback and Bearwallow Falls in (or just outside of) Gorges State Park...particularly the beautiful Rainbow and Turtleback Falls. There are so many wonderful waterfalls in this area of North Carolina. I can’t wait to get back to see more.

10 months ago

Private property... Can't access unless you're a resident there.

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nowhere to stop and get a good view of the falls. There are no obvious platforms to look at the falls and it's hard to get a good picture due to all the condos in the way. Lots of construction going on in the area as well.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lake Toxaway area is blessed with many waterfalls, notably those in Gorges State Park. We hiked about four and a half miles total to Rainbow Falls (which after the rainfall we have had rivals some of the western falls in heighth and volume), Turtleback Falls, and Bearwallow Falls overlook (a separate trail from the Gorges State Park road). Gorges is open for hiking, the brand new and impressive visitor center is scheduled to open in August. The hike to Turtleback was great, a well-maintained trail that crosses some small stream beds and rises and falls throughout - some steep parts and red clay which would really be slippery when wet... the views of the waterfalls are great and you can swim at the base of Rainbow and actually slide off Turtelback - great picnic spots along the way. Highly recommend it. As for Bearwallow Falls Overlook, after Rainbow and Turtleback, somewhat of a letdown. Very short trail to a platform overlook...

recorded Rainbow Falls

Saturday, September 26, 2015