Spring beckons us all outdoors, and we think there’s hardly a more beautiful place to enjoy flowers and birds than the Blue Ridge Mountains around Asheville. There is an amazing biodiversity here, and the Innkeepers of the Asheville Area Bed & Breakfast Association love to recommend hikes to enjoy all the mountains have to offer. For those of you looking for something special, we recommend Pearson’s Falls. This wildlife and bird sanctuary is designated as a North Carolina National Heritage Site of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, a North Carolina Birding Trail Site, and is placed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens. It takes about an hour to drive to Pearson’s Falls from Asheville, and you are rewarded with a 268 acre tract of land filled with a multitude of native plants. There’s also a ¼ mile trail to a 90 ft. waterfall with plenty of places to picnic. Your innkeeper will be glad to recommend a place to pick up excellent picnic food for the day.
Pearson’s Falls is beautifully maintained by the Tryon Garden Club which also owns the preserve. They charge admission of $5.00 for adults as of the time of this writing, and no pets are allowed. Hours March through October are 10-6 Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 on Sundays. Their website has details about the history, flora, and birds of the area along with video and photos, and Joe Kegley wrote an article for Wildlife South Travel Magazine that gives helpful details about photography if you are planning to bring your camera. Whether you choose Pearson’s Falls or another trail, we know you’ll relish the warm spring breezes and abundant blooms and birdsong of the mountains. We look forward to seeing you soon.