After several requests from our readers, we have created three waterfall scenic driving tours and maps that take you to the best North Carolina waterfalls near Asheville in the mountains and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The “Asheville/Brevard Loop” waterfall drive leaves Asheville and goes to three waterfalls in DuPont State Forest near Brevard, followed by Looking Glass Falls, Moore Cove Falls and Sliding Rock in the Pisgah National Forest. This 90-mile route is an easy day trip from Asheville. To see all the waterfalls, a total of 5.5 miles of hiking is required.
The “Asheville/Highlands Waterfall Drive” is much longer since but includes the most impressive falls in the state, Rainbow Falls at Gorges State Park. Nearby is Turtleback Falls, a popular swimming hole and natural water slide. Next is Upper Whitewater Falls, the highest in eastern America. Then walk behind Dry Falls and drive behind Bridal Veil Falls in Highlands and hike to nearby Glen Falls. This tour is about 170 miles roundtrip to Asheville.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall Drive covers 102 miles of the Parkway near Asheville with four waterfalls. Begin at Linville Falls with hiking trails to various viewpoints. Then stop at Crabtree Falls for a woodland hike to the 70-foot falls. Cool off with a swim in Skinny Dips Falls and end the day with a hike at Graveyard Fields to see two more waterfalls.
For details on these waterfall drives and tours, along with an Asheville waterfall map, go to http://www.romanticasheville.com/waterfall_drive_tour.htm .