One of my favorite summer activities is hiking to the many beautiful waterfalls we are blessed to have in this area. If they have a good swimming hole that is definitely a bonus! Take a backpack with a towel, dry shirt, plenty of water, snacks, and maybe even your fleece jacket. These natural mountain streams can get pretty icy!
Let me start with Pisgah National Forest (take 276 right off of 280), or you can access by the Blue Ridge Parkway. Make it an entire day trip to visit Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Moore Cove Falls, Daniel Ridge Falls, Slick Rock Falls, and Whale Back Falls. My personal favorite is standing on the bridge and watching the people’s faces as they emerge from the waters of sliding rock! If you want to see people “walk on water” because they cannot get out of it fast enough, this is your place to be.
The Davidson River is great for tubing, and the campground is a great place to spend the weekend. Reserve well in advance!
Dupont State Forest is another great place to spend the day:
You can walk the entire Falls loop: Hooker Falls, Grassy Creek Falls, Triple Falls, High Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Take a picnic!
Gorges State Park near Lake Toxaway has Toxaway Falls, Turtleback, Rainbow & Stairway Falls, and Upper Whitewater falls.
Lake Toxaway is beautiful and also deserves a visit:
Such a quaint little town with beautiful places to stay and cute little restaurants. From TripAdvisor:
Various other waterfalls around Brevard include Courthouse Falls, French Broad Falls, Bird Rock Falls, and Connestee Falls.
And this is just around Brevard! Please see the map below for additional waterfalls near Asheville: