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The 500,000+ acres of Pisgah National Forest surrounding Asheville feature some of the most beautiful and rugged mountain scenery, and the best recreational opportunities in eastern North America. One of the four districts, "Pisgah Ranger District," is a favorite area of ours for hiking and waterfalls, especially along the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway! It's an easy drive from Asheville, and it's near the town of Brevard (with restaurants, gas, supplies).

Scenic Loop Drive from Asheville
This area is along a scenic loop drive from Asheville: take I-240 West / I-26 East. Continue on I-26 East to Exit 40 for Highway 280 (and the Asheville Airport). Take a right onto Highway 280 West and go 16 miles toward Brevard. Turn right onto US Highway 276 North (Forest Heritage Scenic Byway) to enter the Pisgah National Forest (scenic part begins!). Drive about 16 miles up the ridge to the Blue Ridge Parkway and go north 20 miles back to Asheville.

Pisgah Forest Waterfall Map

Forest Heritage Scenic Byway Waterfalls & Hiking
This area provides easy access to many beautiful waterfalls, wonderful hiking and wilderness camping from Asheville. Starting from the intersection of NC 280 and US 276, here are our top places to see:

Things to Do

Brevard

Picturesque Main Street has many local shops, restaurants, galleries, brewery, museums and favorite O.P. Taylor toy store. Big events include the White Squirrel Festival, 4th of July celebration,… read more

Picturesque Main Street has many local shops, restaurants, galleries, brewery, museums and favorite O.P. Taylor toy store. Big events include the White Squirrel Festival, 4th of July celebration, Brevard Music Festival and Halloweenfest. This is the Land of the Waterfalls with hiking, biking and famous Sliding Rock.

Brevard Adventure Guide

Order your free 48-page Adventure Guide for Brevard and Transylvania County, Land of the Waterfalls, with scenic drives, hikes, waterfall map, festivals, art, museums and picturesque Main Street… read more

Order your free 48-page Adventure Guide for Brevard and Transylvania County, Land of the Waterfalls, with scenic drives, hikes, waterfall map, festivals, art, museums and picturesque Main Street.

Brevard Places to Stay

Find cabins of all sizes, hotels, B&Bs and luxury inns in the Brevard area from their official visitor center. It's the Land of Waterfalls. Includes Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State… read more

Find cabins of all sizes, hotels, B&Bs and luxury inns in the Brevard area from their official visitor center. It's the Land of Waterfalls. Includes Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest.

Restaurants in Brevard

Find a variety of places to eat and drink in Brevard including upscale dining casual eateries, pubs, food trucks, bakeries, coffee shops, and more!

Find a variety of places to eat and drink in Brevard including upscale dining casual eateries, pubs, food trucks, bakeries, coffee shops, and more!

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