Blue Ridge Parkway Tour: Discover Authentic Waterfalls
4.9
522 Ratings
Asheville
Embark on a guided tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway and uncover hidden waterfalls, breathtaking vistas, and fascinating insights into the region's history, plants, and wildlife.
Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • National Forest Road - This tour showcases the most spectacular waterfalls and vistas around Asheville in just a half day! Your guide is a seasoned naturalist, eager to highlight the intriguing wildlife and flora you’ll encounter on the hike. You’ll leave the tour feeling exhilarated by the breathtaking landscapes and captivating tales!\n\nDiscover the largest waterfalls as well as hidden gems in Pisgah National Forest, which boasts over 250 waterfalls. We traverse the beautiful pathways of Pisgah National Forest and the renowned Blue Ridge Parkway for a comprehensive 4 1/2 hours.\n\nUpon entering the National Forest, you’ll embark on a hike to more than two waterfalls, covering roughly 3 miles, while enjoying the magnificent views of the Appalachian region and sampling wild edible plants. Conclude your adventure with panoramic views of towering mountain summits and lush valleys from the Blue Ridge Parkway.\n\nEnsure you have solid footwear, and consider bringing an additional layer for warmth. Water and snacks are available for purchase at the starting point of your tour.
What's Included
  • Local guide
  • Hiking poles
  • In-vehicle air conditioning
  • Ponchos
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water
Additional Information

Highlighted in Southern Living Magazine and MSN News, experience the genuine allure of the Blue Ridge Parkway guided by a trained naturalist showcasing the top scenic sites, photography points, and invigorating waterfalls that put Asheville on the map. The tour is an intimate, small-group experience that facilitates a profound understanding of the region through your accomplished guide.

  • Gain insights into the region’s history, flora, and fauna from your trained naturalist guide
  • Explore renowned waterfalls as well as lesser-known ones
  • Bask in the ethereal mountain views that the Blue Ridge Parkway has to offer
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
Location
1 River Arts Pl
River Arts Place
Transportation provided from our storefront at 1 River Arts Place, Asheville, NC 28801. Free public parking is 100 yards past the storefront to the right. DO NOT PARK AT CURVE STUDIOS! Our shuttle vehicles are comfortable and clean, though forest roads limit vehicle size.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Jill_hamby
Jun 5, 2024
An absolute MUST! - This tour was AWESOME! Our guide was Shuler. She was fun and funny and so informative about the history of the area, the native plants (which we ATE!), snd gave great recommendations on restaurants and other fun things to do. I’d give her 10 stars if I could!
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Lori
Jun 3, 2024
Great Guided Hike - Outstanding guided hiking tour to waterfalls. The Blue Ridge Parkway is beautiful and lush. Our guide, Emily, was awesome (great personality, very knowledgeable - a true expert on the national forest, wildlife, plants, etc)
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Donna_b
May 30, 2024
Great family hiking day - We really enjoyed learning the history of the Pisgah National Forest and the kids loved all the waterfall stops!
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Richard_n
May 27, 2024
Appalachian adventure - The beauty & closeness to nature along with the educational knowledge of our Naturalist guide. Tiffany was exuberant, an expert about her job and we thoroughly enjoyed our adventure. Totally worth it!
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Alma
May 26, 2024
Joyful experience in NC. - Brooks, our guide, was so knowledgeable and kind. He took us on a beautiful hike and we saw breathtaking vistas and waterfalls. Learned a lot about the park and local foliage, history and habitats.
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Amelia_s
May 24, 2024
Ian was personable and... - Ian was personable and had a wealth of knowledge to share about local places to visit as well as the flora and fauna of the area.
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Annetteh51
May 22, 2024
Wonderful guide! - Wonderful! This was my first trip to Asheville, and I have never seen the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ian was so knowledgeable about all the plants and critters living in the forest. He was a great big kid, crawling around in the rivers and waterfalls finding salamanders for our viewing pleasure. I enjoyed the hike up to the fire tower to see the views. Snacks and water were provided. I walked a little over 13,000 steps this day. We hiked to 3 different locations, so there was a chance to relax a bit between hikes. Loved this event! I would highly recommend this tour!
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Drohe812
May 17, 2024
Fun day of hiking with breathtaking views! - We did a full day Blue Ridge Highway hiking tour with Nico. He was knowledgeable, fun and enthusiastic! We did 4 different hikes all with spectacular views, 2 were to waterfalls which were beautiful!! Highly recommend!!
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Tours_photography
May 16, 2024
The views were amazing and I was able to take many pictures. - Jennifer Shuler was great, she not only stopped at some of the best views and navigated us to the many amazing waterfalls she was knowledgeable about the history, plants and birds. If you are concerned at all about booking a tour or finding these falls on your own you would be wise to choose a tour. Our guide, Shuler provided insights, snacks, and I felt very much taken care of and safe. Thank you Shuler for an incredible outing. I feel as though I have a new friend. Patty.
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Susan_c
Jun 10, 2024
I wish we would have had more hiking time than car time but we loved our guide. - I loved the waterfalls and learning about the plants that our guide discussed! The view of the mountains from the hotel was beautiful!
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