Visiting Western North Carolina, staying at the Brookstone-Lodge and looking for some exciting things to do in Asheville, NC? Do you love water, and are you the outdoors type? Well it is summer and I think Mother Nature might be calling your name! Western North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful, lakes, rivers, streams and waterfalls. Here are some of our favorites in the surrounding Asheville area.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a popular area because almost any trail along this beautiful mountain highway leads to a breathtaking waterfall. The Graveyard Fields Loop, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway allows easy access to a number of these natural beauties to behold. Nearby Transylvania County is the home of 250 amazing waterfalls.
Traveling south on the Blue Ridge Parkway you can take 215 to U.S. 64. This road trip will take you through the colorful Cullasaja Gorge. This spectacular gorge is the home of numerous waterfalls such as Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and the majestic Callasaja Falls. These beautiful falls cascade close to the highway.
Stretch your neck as you discover the beauty of the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, Upper Whitewater Falls. This waterfall drops 411 feet. A rugged terrain where an abundance of wildflowers grow.
The Blue Ridge Parkway connects to a serene loop that meanders through part of the Pisgah National Forest. Moore’s Cove Falls and the show stopping 85ft Looking Glass Falls are all part of the viewing package. This stretch of highway also takes you to Sliding Rock. One side benefit to traveling along these byways are the many picnic areas. A place to sit, eat, relax and simply enjoy the surroundings.
Also while driving this parkway you will find a series of falls along the Linville River as it cuts through a steep gorge. Another trail to venture on will take you to the 100 ft drop of the Crabtree Falls into the Toe River.
While being a guest in beautiful Western North Carolina, you must see Hickory Nut Falls at Chimney Rock. A leisurely walk through a quiet forest of oak, hickory, maple trees, and wildflowers, both rare and endangered, will be rewarding. The journey’s end will be the spectacular 404 ft Hickory Nut Falls.
Visiting these majestic and beautiful gorges, forest and waterfalls should be one of your many enjoyable things to do in Asheville, NC. No matter the season these sites are breathtaking in their beauty. Staying at the Brookstone Lodge in Asheville gives easy access to the wonders of nature. Be sure to pack a lunch and bring your camera, you will want to capture these gifts of Mother Nature to view in years to come!
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