Western North Carolina encompasses Asheville as well as the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountain ranges. The greater Asheville area is alive with tourist attractions, outdoor activities, fun things to do, unique events and a wide variety of culinary treats. One of our most treasured features is our abundant waterfalls. There are literally hundreds of walls of water to be discovered in various state and federal parks, with an abundance of trails and paths just waiting for your footsteps. Here are five of our favorite falls to visit.
**Due to current COVID-19 restrictions in place, many of North Carolina’s federal, state and local parks are closed, as are some of the tour vendors mentioned here. We encourage you to make your trip when it is safe to do so.
- Linville Falls: One of the most photographed falls in North Carolina is Linville Falls, along Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 316. There are two main hiking trails that will lead you to amazing views of the falls, rated moderate to strenuous from an exercise perspective.
- Moore Cove Falls: For the novice hiker, the Moore Cove Falls trail is an excellent “starter” trail at less than ¾ mile one-way, especially for younger children. Located in Pisgah National Forest, Moore Cove waterfall dramatically plunges 50 feet over a rock ledge.
- Triple Falls: If you visit the DuPont State Recreational Forest in Cedar Mountain, NC, Triple Falls is the waterfall to see. This cascading masterpiece is a movie star in its own right, having been featured in “The Hunger Games” and “The Last of the Mohicans”.
- Catawba Falls: Only 25 miles from downtown Asheville, Catawba Falls viewers will experience a combination of cascades over 100 feet tall, with a relatively easy to moderate trail.
- Whitewater Falls: Located near Cashiers, NC, the Upper Whitewater Falls drops a staggering 411 feet, making it the highest falls east of the Rocky Mountains! The lower portion of the falls which rests right across the border in neighboring South Carolina drops another 400 feet. One of the most amazing crown jewels of nature that you will ever encounter.
Or, if you prefer to enjoy waterfalls as part of a guided tour, our local favorite is Asheville Waterfalls Tours. This is no “run-of-the-mill” tour; they customize each private waterfall tour based on your hiking experience and preference, whether you are a novice or an experienced hiker.
For those who prefer a waterfall “tour with a twist,” consider a chauffeured tour from Asheville Explore Tours. They offer a variety of tours – art, breweries, wineries and waterfalls – as well as a variety of tour/photoshoot combinations. You can choose from one of their existing tours, or work with them to customize your own private tour.
Situated on 45 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, Wildberry Lodge sits at a majestic 2,700-feet in elevation, and is just minutes from downtown Asheville, NC and the Biltmore Estate. We are luxury wrapped in rustic charm. Here, you’ll be surrounded by stunning mountain views even before you head to the waterfalls. We even offer in-room massage by Around Town Massage. Imagine how wonderful a massage will feel when you return from your hiking and waterfall adventure! Check out our specials before you book your stay. We welcome your calls and questions, and are happy to help. Guests can relax in the early evening with a glass of wine on our deck, in the hot tub, or in our great room. Each morning you will arise to the aroma of our four-course gourmet breakfast.
We are safe and well at Wildberry Lodge and hope you and your family are also. When it is safe to travel, we look forward to sharing our outstanding hospitality and accommodations with you. Call us at (828) 683-2525 or book online.