BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: Asheville, North Carolina.
A nice half day outdoorsy excursion can be had while visiting Asheville! We had begun to doubt the possibility.
For a whirlwind tour of waterfall land in the Pisgah National Forest try out this route. You’ll be able to get back in time for dinner at the Tupelo Honey Café in Asheville.
- Stop 1: ( we could never find addresses to all the wilderness we wanted to see- so here’s one to start you out on the journey) Pisgah Ranger Station/ Visitor Center 1600 Pisgah Highway Pisgah Forest, NC 28768.
This is a super cute education center that has a gift shop and National Forest stamp station. However, if you have the Passport to the National Parks– they will still stamp it for you( even though its a forest, and not a park).
- Stop 2: Looking Glass Falls– Looking Glass Falls is a lovely waterfall that can be seen from the road. Park on the side of the road and walk the steps down into the ravine to get a better look. Just look for the cars lined up on the side of the road- it’s a hard one to miss. ( No Bathrooms, No Hiking difficulty since its just walking down some steps)
- Stop 3: Sliding Rock– $2 dollars a person. Be prepared to get wet. The line for those brave enough to slide the rock tends to move quick, and you can take pics of your loved ones from a viewing bridge. (Very Elegant Bathrooms!, take advantage of them while you can.)
- Stop 4: Moore Cove Falls– This one was our favorite. A nice hike through the woods ( about a mile) leads to the cave like falls. You can walk behind them and play on the rocks- as its not as dangerous as other falls in the areas. Also, it’s way bigger than it looks.
- When: Start out early: Some of the parking is only alongside the road… and it’s easier to get a parking spot if you’re not battling the afternoon hikers.
- Food: Pack snacks. Water and something formidable will help get you through the afternoon.
- Visit: Bring your National Parks Passport and make sure to stop at the visitors center. You can get extra maps, learn a little history of the area and have your passport stamped and signed by a park ranger.