While most of the waterfalls near Asheville in the North Carolina mountains require a long hike to enjoy, here are five roadside beauties that are accessible for all to see! Plus, see eight more that can be viewed with a short walk from the car. (Photo above is Walker Falls.)
Roadside Waterfalls near Asheville
More Waterfalls Via a Short Walk (click names for complete guides)
Silver Run Falls: Located a few miles south of Cashiers in the Nantahala National Forest, walk just a quarter of a mile on a mostly level trail. It's a great wading spot for kids of all ages.
Soco Falls: This twin waterfall is along the highway between Maggie Valley and Cherokee. A short, paved trail leads to an observation deck.
Upper Whitewater Falls: See this 411-ft. beauty from across the valley via a quarter-mile paved trail.
Tom's Creek Falls: This Pisgah Forest National Park waterfall is an easy half-mile hike, located near Little Switzerland.
Second / Lower Falls: Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike about 1/3 of a mile down to the base of this waterfall. There are some stairs and uphill sections on the way back.
French Broad Falls: See a twin waterfall tucked away behind a retreat, just a short walk from the road.
Elk River Falls: This popular swimming hole is a short walk from the parking area. Easy stroll to the top of the waterfall. Short, but steep, trail to the base.
Google Map of These Easy-to-See Waterfalls