The town of Newland is located a few miles west of Grandfather Mountain at the junction of NC 181 and NC 194. On the right on NC 194 a little over 1 mile north of this junction is Waterfalls Park, on the right. It’s directly opposite the Dollar General store.
Some people might disagree with my beauty rating for this one, but it’s difficult to get excited about a waterfall with formally landscaped surroundings, lights shining on it, plastic pipes running alongside it, and passing cars and trucks drowning out its sound. That said, the park makes a pleasant picnic stop and a quick leg-stretcher. A path winding up from the parking area provides access to all three levels of the falls.
Members of the Newland Volunteer Fire Department deserve commendation for creating and maintaining the park. The department leases the property on an annual basis, however, so permanent public access is not assured. For now, the public is welcome, but the situation could be different when you visit.