Top 10 NC Waterfalls & Scenic Drives near Asheville
Asheville vacation guide creates three waterfall scenic drives to see the 10 best waterfalls in Western North Carolina, including the Blue Ridge Parkway.
(ASHEVILLE, NC) With hundreds of waterfalls in the Asheville, North Carolina area of the mountains, how do you choose which ones to visit? The 500-page RomanticAsheville.com travel vacation guide has created three waterfall scenic driving tours to the Top 10 Waterfalls to enjoy in the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the Blue Ridge Parkway:
- DuPont State Forest: A three-mile easy hike takes you to the base of three waterfalls: Hooker, Triple and the 150-foot High Falls. See film locations for The Hunger Games.
- Looking Glass Falls: You don’t even have to get out of your car to see this 60-foot waterfall, located near Sliding Rock along U.S. 276 north of Brevard, near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
- Linville Falls: The most photographed waterfall in North Carolina is on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a moderate 1.6-mile hike with four overlooks to enjoy a variety of views of the Falls and Linville Gorge.
- Dry Falls: Located near Highlands, this waterfall allows the rare treat of walking safely behind this 75-foot cascade. Nearby, drive behind Bridal Veil Falls.
- Sliding Rock: Cool off as you slip and slide down this natural, 60-foot cascade flowing down a sloping boulder in the Pisgah National Forest.
- Graveyard Fields: The popular highland meadow on the Blue Ridge Parkway features hiking trails to two waterfalls. Second Falls is just 1/3 mile from the parking area.
- Rainbow Falls: This 150-foot waterfall in the Nantahala National Forest is accessed by a hiking trail from Gorges State Park. Slide and swim at nearby Turtleback Falls.
- Crabtree Falls: This beautiful 70-foot waterfall, near Linville Falls, is along a 2.5-mile loop hiking trail from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
- Upper Whitewater Falls: The highest waterfall east of the Rockies plunges 411 feet and is easily viewed via a short paved trail.
- Skinny Dip Falls: This refreshing swimming hole on the Blue Ridge Parkway has several cascades, perfect on a hot summer day. And it’s a beautiful setting to enjoy any time of the year.
For details and other waterfalls, along with a waterfall tour map, go to www.romanticasheville.com/waterfalls.htm.
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