Carolina Mountain Club Waterfall Challenge
The Carolina Mountain Club Waterfall Challenge (WC100) was developed to encourage hikers to experience the beauty of some of the over 1,500 waterfalls in Western North Carolina, and parts of South Carolina and Tennessee. The list of 100 of the best waterfalls, a very subjective evaluation, is based on the waterfalls height, volume of water, and overall setting. Other criteria used included being within 100 miles of Asheville, NC, and not being located on private property, unless the owners have given permission for the general public to view them. (See below for information about Maidenhair Falls).
Safety is a major concern when visiting waterfalls.
- You should not go to the top of a waterfall. You won’t be able to see the waterfall from there.
- Rocks and vegetation around waterfalls are very slippery, so do not climb up or around waterfalls.
- You should not cross a stream near the top of a waterfall. A slip could result in the current carrying you over the falls.
- Viewing some waterfalls requires bushwhacking off trail, often down and back up steep slopes. Know your hiking skills and physical limits.
The Carolina Mountain Club Waterfall Challenge (WC100) Recognition Application is provided on this website. This application includes a list of the 100 required to be visited for recognition. The list includes the name of the waterfall, the geographical location, round trip trail length, and a degree of difficulty estimate. In order to help locate these waterfalls, the following references are provided: hike numbers from the Carolina Mountain Club Hike Finder data base; page numbers from North Carolina Waterfalls (2005), by Kevin Adams; hike numbers from a map Waterfalls of North Carolina (2009) by Outdoor Path Publishing. Space for the Date Hiked should be filled out by the hiker applicant.
Documentation of the successful completion of the Waterfall Challenge is based on the honor system. There is no specific time frame for viewing all the waterfalls. You can estimate the date you visited any waterfall, even prior to the initiation of the Waterfall Challenge in 2008. There is no requirement to reach the bottom of each waterfall. Many can only be viewed from a distance.
36 Gray Wolf Ln
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Any questions or comments about the Waterfall Challenge should also be directed to the above coordinator. Jack Fitzgerald’s phone number is: 828-685-2897
The Application should include your name, address, e-mail address. Also include your age, and whether or not you are a member of the Carolina Mountain Club. Please include one picture of yourself at a waterfall of your choice. This information will be preserved in the Carolina Mountain Club records.
Members of the Carolina Mountain Club will receive a patch, a certificate of achievement, and recognition at the next annual CMC meeting. Non-members will be listed on the CMC roll of Challenge completers. Applications for CMC membership can be obtained on the CMC website.
Carolina Mountain Club Waterfall Challenge Completers
Special for Maidenhair Falls. Do not drive into or park on Reeves Road. Instead park on Becky Mountain Road near church driveway and walk from Becky Mountain Road to Reeves Road. Do not bring dogs on your walk. Please limit the size of the group going to the Falls.