State Parks of 
The High South

News: September 2017: The High South begins to document and highlight the many great state parks located with an easy day trip from the Cashiers - Sapphire Valley Area. 
Our first park: Gorges 

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Gorges State Park

Locates just minutes from Sapphire Valley and the Cashiers crossroads, this is one of the newest state parks in North Carolina!

Park Fact Sheet

Park Map

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Visitor Center

Gorges State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ‚Äč

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

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Offering rugged terrain that will challenge any outdoors enthusiast, visitors who traverse the steep, backwoods trails of Gorges State Park will be rewarded with views of dazzling waterfalls or perhaps an encounter with one of the numerous rare species of the park. However, some of the more secluded areas of the park are not recommended for casual hiking.

Waterfalls, Access, Contacts

The Grassy Ridge Access off North Carolina Highway 281 in Sapphire is the park's primary access. This area is most well known for providing the principle access to Rainbow Falls and Turtleback Falls on the Horsepasture River. These falls are in the Pisgah National Forest, but it is not uncommon for visitors to mistakenly think the falls are inside the park because the park provides the only easy, legal access to them. Upper Bearwallow Falls is located in the access area, and it currently is the only waterfall in the park with a maintained trail leading to it.    Conent / Images: North Carolina Division of Parks & Recreation / wikipedia, Images: CC BY-SA 4.0
Visit the Gorges State Park Web Site