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Hiking Hotspot: Glen Falls in the Nantahala National Forest

One of the most amazing waterfall hikes in all of Western North Carolina (a region home to hundreds of beautiful falls) is Glen Falls. On this short hike, you will get to see not one, but three incredible waterfalls. If you are limited on time, Glen Falls is the perfect option as you do not […]

Hiking Hotspot: Three Waterfalls Loop in the Great Smokies

There are many beautiful waterfalls within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park sees over 55 inches of rain per year in the lower altitude areas and up to 85 on some peaks. This translates into lush greenery and powerful waterfalls especially during the rainy late spring/summer months. Some of the most popular falls […]

Hiking Hotspot: Whiteside Mountain

Whiteside Mountain is a popular hiking trail located near Highlands, North Carolina. Highlands is a small touristy town known for its’ close proximity to many natural wonders including waterfalls and tranquil hiking trails within the beautiful Nantahala National Forest. This quaint mountain oasis is a popular destination with hikers, nature lovers, and photographers. The mild […]

Hiking Hotspot: Crabtree Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway

One of the prettiest waterfalls on the Blue Ridge Parkway is located within close proximity to Asheville. If you plan on making Asheville your base for outdoor adventures, you will be within easy access to so many breathtaking Western North Carolina waterfalls. Crabtree Falls is really one of the most stunning falls, not only on […]

Hiking Hotspot: Flat Rock Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway

A hidden gem on the Blue Ridge Parkway which sees relatively little traffic due in comparison to more popular tourist attractions (Grandfather Mountain, Blowing Rock) is the Flat Rock overlook trail. This spectacular summit vista is easily accessible to pretty much everyone as the loop is just over a half mile long. While this hike […]

Hiking Hotspot: Black Balsam Knob

Black Balsam Knob, at 6214 feet, is the second highest peak in the Balsam Mountain range, and the 23rd highest peak in North Carolina. First on the list is Richard Balsam at 6410 feet, which also comes in as the 10th highest summit east of the Mississippi. At Milepost 431 along the beautiful Blue Ridge […]

Richard Balsam: The Highest Point on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Asheville is the gateway to exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. One of America’s top rated drives, the Blue Ridge Parkway, is within easy reach of the city limits. There are numerous sights of interest within daytrip distance. The drive to the highest point on the Parkway is particularly scenic as there are gorgeous tall […]

Hiking Hotspot: Courthouse Falls

One overlooked waterfall in the beautiful Western North Carolina region is Courthouse Falls, located about 6 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway in Transylvania County, “The land of waterfalls.” Despite its’ immense beauty, tourists tend to pass over this one in favor of more easily accessible waterfalls. Thus, if you do decide to venture off-the-beaten […]

Hiking Hotspot: Moore Cove Falls

One of the most popular attractions in Western North Carolina is an amazing roadside waterfall known as Looking Glass Falls. In an area nicknamed “The land of waterfalls,” Looking Glass stands out as the best-of-the-best. Not surprisingly, thousands of tourists flock to this site each year due to its’ easy accessibility. While it’s definitely worthy […]

Hiking Hotspot: Bear Wallow Mountain

Western North Carolina offers no shortage of beautiful mountain hikes. Bearwallow is a popular 1 mile out-and-back trail featuring a 600 foot climb up to a beautiful meadow. As it is located just 30 minutes outside of Asheville, this hike is quite popular with active locals as well as tourists looking to explore the beauty […]