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22 Gorgeous Hiking Waterfalls Near Asheville, NC

Are you looking for some of the best Asheville waterfalls to hike? As Asheville locals, we promise to share our favorite waterfalls near Asheville, NC, all of which are under a 2-hour drive from the city.

One of my favorite parts about living in Asheville and the mountains are the waterfalls. When we moved to North Carolina, I had no idea that there were so many waterfall hikes near Asheville.

I always imagined the trails and beautiful fall foliage on the Blue Ridge Parkway. But for some reason, I associated waterfalls as something we see abroad, like in Central and South America. We did get engaged near Iguazu, after all.

However, Transylvania County is known as the “Land of Waterfalls.” Over 200+ waterfalls span Western North Carolina. Asheville (NC Micropolitan Statistical Area) and Brevard fall into some of these areas.

Our very first experience hiking the Asheville, NC waterfalls, we headed to DuPont State Forest for The Hunger Games falls. One of my favorite Asheville waterfall hikes still, you can see where Peeta and Katniss hid at Triple Falls.

Visitors can also hike to High Falls, Hooker Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls all in one visit. You’ll love the stunning grounds, perfect for a picnic, too.

So, what are some of the best waterfalls near Asheville? I wouldn’t skip Rainbow Falls, Catawba Falls, Crabtree Falls, Moore Cove Falls, Mingo Falls, or Looking Glass Falls.

Graveyard Fields is home to two stunning waterfalls in the fall. Tourists and locals love to swim in Skinny Dip Falls.

Below find gorgeous Asheville waterfalls, including waterfalls on the Blue Ridge Parkway, waterfalls you can easily hike, and also one or two sets of falls that you can drive up to. P.S. The Pisgah National Forest is full of cascading waterfalls, too.

We’ll talk distance from Asheville, where to park, and what to pack as well as expect. Let’s get started exploring the best waterfall trails around Asheville.

You’ll also love our Comprehensive Guide To Asheville Hiking.

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Don’t miss the best waterfalls near Asheville to visit, picnic at, and hike to. We’ll share our favorite Asheville waterfall hikes that are both easy and moderate while providing our personal tips for where to park, how to find the trails, and when to avoid the crowds. We want you to have the most magical and peaceful waterfall hunting experience.

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22 Gorgeous Hiking Waterfalls Near Asheville

What are the best waterfall hikes near Asheville, NC? As locals, we'll share all you need to know about the gorgeous Asheville waterfalls.

Where To Stay For These Asheville Waterfall Hikes

If you are headed to the waterfalls near Asheville and want to stay for an overnight or extended period of time, here are a few of our accommodation recommendations. Don’t miss our master list of Asheville hotels, B&Bs, and resorts, too.

Aloft – Downtown Asheville  – If you are looking to stay in downtown Asheville, the Aloft hotel is newly renovated as of 2020. Vibrant local murals, updated rooms, and sprawling public areas greet visitors. Did I mention there is a rooftop pool overlooking the mountains?

Hampton Inn And Suites Asheville Biltmore Area  – Although this hotel is on busy Brevard Road – NC-191 – across from the Asheville Outlets, it’s one of our favorites. Clean, updated, and in the middle of everything, you can access downtown, Biltmore, and any of these waterfalls near Asheville fairly quickly.

1898 Waverly Inn Bed and Breakfast — While house hunting, we stayed at this sweet B&B in Hendersonville, NC (35-40 mins from Asheville and close to the DuPont State Forest waterfalls). Hendersonville is its own hip little town.

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What To Bring For A Day At The Asheville, NC Waterfalls

Although none of these Asheville waterfall hikes are too intense, you’ll definitely want to arrive prepared. A few quick and easy items for a successful trip include:

Garmin Handheld GPS Navigator – We no longer hike without our Garmin and a subscription to GAIA. Some of these waterfall hikes, especially in the Pisgah National Forest, are more challenging. It’s easy to get lost, and you might not always have cell service.

Hiking Backpack – I love my backpack made by Eddie Bauer — I have a slightly different version than this one. My backpack is lightweight and breathable. I can carry my keys, a light jacket (because this is the mountains, after all), water, sunscreen, bug spray, lighter, headlamp, whistle, snacks, Garmin, and an umbrella.

Stainless Steel Water Bottle – We are moderate hikers so we don’t use anything fancy like water bladders. I like my stainless steel water bottle since it holds the temperature, doesn’t perspire, and contains no harmful by-products. Plus, it’s easy to clean.

First Aid Kit – After quickly remembering that I am a tragic mess when hiking and traveling (I will always cut myself), I would either make your own or pack some sort of First Aid Kit with the basics.

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What Are Your Favorite Waterfalls Near Asheville?

Do you have favorite waterfall hikes near Asheville that you enjoy? Have you hiked any of these Asheville waterfalls before? Are you visiting Asheville and have questions? Please let us know in the comments.

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Thomas Toler

Friday 20th of August 2021

Some of these are absolutely beautiful. Some look like sewage runoff (like Biltmore picture). This page was helpful. Thanks!

Christine

Saturday 21st of August 2021

I won't disagree with you there... we *may* have had the same thoughts. Haha. The pond nearby is pretty.

Victoria Cantrell Lee

Friday 6th of November 2020

Toxaway Falls is gorgeous on Hwy. 64 W going towards Cashiers

Christine

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Thanks for the recommendation!

James Moore

Thursday 20th of August 2020

I'm headed that way with my wife and a few other couples this Fall. I'm looking forward to the Hunger Games fall and a couple further away. I'll let you know which ones are everyone's favorites when we get back! Take care and thank you for the info!

Christine

Thursday 20th of August 2020

The fall is absolutely beautiful here. You guys will love it. I hope you have a wonderful trip! Thank you so much.

Macey @ Brine & Books

Monday 27th of July 2020

I adore these pictures, wow. They remind me of Mt. Hermon, the place my family goes to during November, but with waaayyyy more waterfalls than just the one :') These hikes look g l o r i o u s. I would probably have to stop so many times to take a picture, write something about what's in front of me, and/or just drink it all in for a couple of moments. You're so lucky that this is essentially your backyard!

Christine

Monday 27th of July 2020

Aw, thank you Macey! I really need to learn how to take a *professional* waterfall picture with the correct settings. One day! These Asheville waterfall hikes are just what I need right now during this pandemic -- and they are a great way to stay socially distanced, too. It's been a LONG year. We feel very lucky to have so much nature around us. Hiking is the absolute best here. I hope you have a wonderful week and are enjoying the summer. I'll have to look up Mt. Hermon!