preserving, protecting, and promoting North Carolina’s waterfalls

North Carolina is home to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the nation. These waterfalls play a key role in the local ecology and culture, and they provide us with peace, wonder, and even emotional and psychological healing.

Unfortunately, they are also a target for vandalism and littering. And they are a force of nature that can be dangerous, so it’s important to treat them with respect and care.

Join us in cleaning up and spreading awareness about these amazing natural features.

Feel the spray

The best way to appreciate waterfalls is to get out and experience one!

Upcoming events

Join Waterfall Keepers at a sweep, cleanup, or other event.

Waterfall healing

Learn how waterfalls can promote mental and emotional wellbeing.

Accessible falls

Waterfalls are for everyone! Find an accessible waterfall anyone can enjoy.

Learn & stay safe

Learning more about waterfalls helps us appreciate their power and beauty so that we treat them with respect and stay safe.


Follow some simple guidelines to ensure you have a safe and rewarding experience when visiting waterfalls.


Preserve fragile wildlife, keep waterfalls beautiful, by treating waterfalls with respect.

Junior Keepers

Inspire the next generation of waterfall conservationists! Earn badges, visit waterfalls, and download learning materials.

Lend a hand

We can’t do it alone! We need your help protecting, preserving, and promoting our beautiful North Carolina waterfalls. The best news is, you don’t need any special skills – just a willingness to help and a love for waterfalls!


Take responsibility for a specific waterfall and commit to quarterly cleanups.


We’re always looking for passionate volunteers! Check out our current needs.

become a member

Make a tax-deductible donation to help us keep Waterfall Keepers running.

Elk Falls Stewards

Waterfall Keepers partners with the National Forest Service to protect and preserve this beautiful waterfall.