Waterfalls are often a favorite feature of hiking paths or the destination of the hike itself – especially in summer. Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association innkeepers can certainly point you to their favorites, but if you want a tour, you can join the Pisgah Field School on July 11th, August 9th, or September 13th for their Waterfalls and Wine class. The Pisgah Field School is dedicated to educating the public about various aspects of the Pisgah National Forest and they have a variety of classes offered throughout this summer. This particular tour will take you to 6 of the over 250 waterfalls in nearby Transylvania County and end in the charming town of Brevard with a private wine tasting at Broad Street Wines.
If you prefer fly fishing to waterfalls, you may also want to consider taking a class through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. They have a range of classes from beginner level to Tenkara – a traditional form of Japanese fly fishing. And of course, there is always hiking and driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s approximately a 40 minute drive from downtown Asheville to the entrance of Pisah forest near the town of Brevard by way of I-26 East and NC 280 West. You can also choose to take the scenic route along the Blue Ridge Parkway – which will take an hour and 30 minutes due to the meandering route, beautiful views, pull-offs for pictures, and lower speed limits. The parkway also has trails along the way, and you might be interested in planning a hike to break up the gorgeous drive. http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
Don’t forget Sliding Rock to enjoy a natural rock slide into the cold mountain river (or watch braver souls doing it!).