Join a local naturalist to visit the best waterfalls and views in the region! This intimate tour guarantees 3 stunning waterfalls, not to miss while in Asheville. Discover Appalachian history, wildlife, and edible plants!
Covid compliance: Guests drive personal vehicle to the meeting location and practice social distancing throughout the tour. Bring cloth face coverings for indoor restrooms. Guests bring or purchase their own waters and snacks.
Tour time: Seasonal start time, either 8:45 am or 10 am. Meet your guide in Old Fort, NC at the tour start time. Tour is 2 hours long.
Meeting location: Meet at McDonald’s, 548 Bat Cave Rd., Old Fort, NC, 28762 (25 minutes east of Asheville)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate 2.5-mile hike (round-trip) with steady incline, great for kids!
Required footwear: Sturdy tennis shoes or hiking boots, rubber outsoles (recommended)
Recommended clothing: Rainwear (either rain jacket or poncho); multiple layers (for chilly mornings)
Recommended personal items: Water, food, Ziploc bag/dry bag (to protect items, such as small electronics, from rain), Ziploc bag (to dispose of any potential litter items, such as food wrappers), cloth face covering (for restrooms stops)
What’s provided: Hiking poles, a poncho in case of light rain, and a wildly entertaining and educational experience!
Tips: Never required but always appreciated!
- Child (14 and under) with 2 Adult Tickets
Visit the most scenic waterfall near Asheville, North Carolina!
With a seasoned local and storyteller as your guide, this tour will take you on a lush, woodland trail, featuring a 150-ft cascading waterfall, rock gardens, and early 1900’s ruins—all in 2 hours! This tour is sure to enthrall all ages, especially kids! Leashed dogs also welcome!
You will meet your guide in Old Fort, NC, a sweet mountain town just 25 minutes east of Asheville, NC, and proceed for a very short drive to the trailhead.
Once you arrive at the trailhead, soak in the scenery of Pisgah National Forest and prepare for some incredible storytelling! To begin, your guide will share intriguing facts about Southern Appalachian ecology and the history of Asheville as well as neighboring mountain towns. Using a 3-D topographic map, your guide will pinpoint your location, orient you to nearby landmarks, and provide an overview of Southern Appalachian topography.
Feel the cool mountain air on your skin and breathe the sweet aroma of plants surrounding you as you enter the verdant, shaded forest. The trail continues through an enchanted cove forest alongside a tumbling mountain stream. Observe the way the sun glistens on the rushing water as it pokes through the canopy of trees overhead. Your guide will discuss the historical and modern uses of many of the plants that catch your eye. After hiking for approximately 1.25 miles, you will reach a breathtaking 150-ft waterfall, draping over moss-covered cliffs. Your guide will reveal the secrets of the plants that call these cliffs “home.”
You will return to the trailhead along the same outgoing trail (2.5 miles round-trip). Note, although the same trail, a change in direction can reveal new features in the forest. To conclude the tour, we will provide recommendations for potential lunch spots in the quaint mountain town of Black Mountain. Naturally, we are also happy to provide recommendations for future endeavors for your trip as well.
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you have about the waterfall tour, but please note that YOUR GUIDE WILL CONTACT YOU the day before the tour to confirm meeting times and locations and answer any additional questions you may have.
Rain/ice/snow policy: Our early morning departure helps us avoid the afternoon precipitation. Nonetheless, many guests have an excellent time in the light rain, under the forest canopy (and rain makes waterfalls even better!) In case of heavy rain or inclement weather, full refunds are provided.