Waterfalls & Hiking Near Asheville NC
There’s lots of waterfalls and hiking near Asheville NC to explore so we’ve tried to narrow down the list to some of our favorites. These hiking trails were chosen because of their proximity to Asheville and the Asheville Mountain House or because they were part of a scenic drive and we could combine the hikes with other points of interest or Scenic Drives.
Black Balsam Knob
Located at Milepost 420, this hike is a fairly easy uphill walk that takes about an hour and a half round trip. At the top there are 360 views of the surrounding mountains. It’s really beautiful. It is about an hour and fifteen-minute drive south along the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 420. Other places to hit that are relatively near Black Balsam Knob are Graveyard Fields, the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway drive or the Mountain Towns of Brevard or Waynesville.
Located at Milepost 418.8, the Graveyard Fields area has a four-mile hiking loop along with the Upper Falls and Lower Falls trails. It’s only about a 10-minute hike down some stairs and a well maintained trail to the Lower Falls. Other places to hit that are relatively near Graveyard Fields are Black Balsam Knob, the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway drive or the Mountain Towns of Brevard or Waynesville.
These Falls can be accessed via NC Highway 215 from the Blue Ridge Parkway or from the South via US 64 to NC Highway 215. The Courthouse Falls are a bit off the beaten path and require driving 3 miles along a single lane Forest Service Road. We recommend stopping into Pisgah Ranger Station/Visitor Center located on US Highway 276. If you’re looking for adventure, Courthouse Falls is for you!
Located at Milepost 339.5, Crabtree Falls is accessed via an easy 3 mile round trip hike.
Located at Milepost 364.1, this 1.5-mile round trip hike is pretty easy even though you are climbing the first half of the hike. The view from the top is spectacular.
Located at Milepost 316.6, there are 5 viewing points accessible by 2 different trails.
Moore Cove Falls
Located on Scenic US Highway 276 between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Brevard and only a mile north of Looking Glass Falls. The hike is an easy 1.5-mile round trip hike.
Looking Glass Falls
Located on Scenic US Highway 276 between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Brevard and one mile south of Moore Cove Falls. There’s no hiking required, only some stairs going down to the water if you choose to get a closer look.