Waterfalls

Many trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway lead to waterfalls, depending on the season and rainfall conditions. 

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Sliding Rock
A 60-Foot Natural Waterslide & Other Water Adventures

by Mark File
While you’ll find many beautiful rivers, lakes and waterfalls to see in the mountains, we suggest…

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Hooker Falls in Fall
Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls Hike

by Joanne O'Sullivan
Dupont State Forest is the best place to discover why Brevard and Transylvania County is called “The…

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America's Favorite Drive Package
America's Favorite Drive Package

March 7, 2016 to November 14, 2016
There is simply no place better to see the splendor of spring than the Blue…

Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall

Top 10 Ways to Experience Fall in Asheville

by Jason Tarr

As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. In the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina, fall color experts are forecasting a longer-than-usual fall … read more

Looking Glass Falls

6 Drive-By Waterfalls: A Windshield Tour for All to Enjoy

by Mark File

The Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Asheville are home to thousands of beautiful cascades . While most are in remote areas or require a hike to see, here are half a dozen waterfalls that you can easily enjoy from the road. And they are all free to … read more

High Falls

A Day Trip to DuPont

by Melissa Stanz

Less than an hour’s drive south of Asheville between Hendersonville and Brevard, drop-dead gorgeous DuPont State Recreational Forest is a wonderful day trip if you enjoy waterfalls, easy trail access, and beautiful scenery—and who doesn’t? Some 84 … read more

Looking Glass Rock with wildflowers

Doing Pisgah Perfectly

by Mark File

The Pisgah National Forest is home to mile-high peaks, countless waterfalls, rushing rivers, endless trails and rich forests covering a mind-boggling half million acres. This vast preserve reaches north and west of Asheville and includes the first … read more

High Falls

10 Waterfalls You Want to Find Now

by Mark File

With hundreds of beautiful cascades near Asheville, where do you begin? Here’s a quick sampler to get you started. These 10 locations represent a diverse range of options, so there’s something for everyone. Tallest: Upper Whitewater Falls Walk a … read more

Rock Climbing at CRP

Climb, Soar and Paddle Around Asheville With a Little Help from Local Guides

by Leigh Ann Henion

Adventure can be intimidating. Asheville guides understand. They're here to help you scale cliffs, navigate rapids, seek out the hard-to-find, scenic waterfalls that attracted you to the region in the first place. These are just a few of the … read more

Chimney Rock Park in Fall

Winding Trails, Wildlife and Waterfalls

by Jacqui Castle

The scenery at Chimney Rock State Park possesses a magnetic draw for tourists and locals alike. Over the years, artists, writers and filmmakers taken inspiration from the towering granite monolith and take-your-breath-away rock overhangs and … read more

Sliding Rock

A 60-Foot Natural Waterslide & Other Water Adventures

by Mark File

While you’ll find many beautiful rivers, lakes and waterfalls to see in the mountains, we suggest doing more than looking. Experience them first-hand with a big variety of options. From high adventure water thrills to leisurely boat rides, there is … read more

Hiking Near Asheville

18 Reasons Asheville Is A Gateway For National Parks Centennial Adventures

by Katie Knorovsky

The beauty of Asheville’s mountain scenery is timeless, except for this year when it turns 100 years old. 2016 marks a century since the creation of the National Park Service, NC State Parks and Pisgah National Forest. Cradled in the Blue Ridge and … read more

Hooker Falls in Fall

Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls Hike

by Joanne O'Sullivan

Dupont State Forest is the best place to discover why Brevard and Transylvania County is called “The Land of the Waterfalls.” Get a sampler of some of the area’s wonderful waterfalls with a (mostly) easy hike to Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High … read more

Rainbow Falls in Gorges State Park

Rainbow Falls and Turtleback Hike

by Joanne O'Sullivan

The Horsepasture River thunders down a 125-foot drop spraying up a mist that creates rainbows that sparkle in the sunlight. This magical sight can be seen at Rainbow Falls in Gorges State Park , one of the best Western North Carolina waterfall hikes. … read more

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls Hike

by Joanne O'Sullivan

Fans of The Hunger Games and Last of the Mohicans were introduced to Bridal Veil Falls in Dupont State Forest on the silver screen. Hikers can easily take in the view, too, with this easy, scenic stroll through the woods. With plenty of exposed rock … read more

Moore Cove Falls

Moore Cove Falls Trail

by Joanne O'Sullivan

This enchanting trail in Pisgah National Forest is an ideal introduction to hiking for families with younger kids. An easy .7 mile trail with wooden bridges, steps and boardwalks ends in a 50-foot plunge waterfall over a dramatic rock ledge. Kids … read more

John Rock

John Rock Trail

by Joanne O'Sullivan

Pisgah National Forest is a world-class hiking destination. Among the 400+ miles of trails in the Pisgah Ranger District (there are two other districts in the 500,000-acre forest, too), the hike to John Rock is a ranger favorite. With forested … read more

Graveyard Fields in Fall

Graveyard Fields Loop Trail

by Joanne O'Sullivan

Waterfalls, rhododendron, fall color, summer blueberry picking and high-elevation meadows and forests: there’s a reason just about everyone who hikes near Asheville has been to Graveyard Fields. This family-friendly hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway … read more

Daniel Ridge Falls

Daniel Ridge Loop Trail

by Joanne O'Sullivan

With so many waterfalls in the Brevard area, Daniel Ridge Falls (a 150-foot cascade on Lanning Branch that’s also called Tom Spring Falls and less frequently, Jackson Falls) is often overlooked. Take advantage of its relative obscurity to have this … read more

Couple hiking at waterfall

Great Ideas for First Time Hikers

by Melba Newsome

Asheville is an outdoor lover’s paradise, in large measure because of its many scenic hiking trails. Enthusiasts come from far and wide to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy what nature has to … read more

Catawba Falls

Catawba Falls Trail

by Joanne O'Sullivan

While they’re just as beautiful as other waterfalls in the region, the two cascades of Catawba Falls (with 100 and 50-feet drops respectively) aren’t as well known as those further west. During this gentle hike (with only a few moderate climbs), … read more