Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist

Asheville, United States
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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


One of the most biodiverse spots in the nation, the Blue Ridge Parkway shouldn’t just be driven—it deserves to be seen on foot, with a naturalist leading the way. With your guide at the helm, you and your small group will hike to gorgeous waterfalls, up to panoramic mountain views, and through the technicolor meadows, hills, and valleys that make Asheville and the Pisgah National Forest so beloved.
  • Spend a half-day following in the footsteps of a naturalist
  • Witness several of the Asheville area's most prized waterfalls
  • Wander the Pisgah National Forest across ~3 miles for fantastic views
  • With a maximum of 9 travelers, you'll get a more personalized hiking experience

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Hiking Poles
  • Ponchos
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Snacks and water (which you can purchase at beginning of your tour)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 162 Craven St
    162 Craven St, Asheville, NC 28806, USA

    Transportation provided from the lots at 162 Craven Street, Asheville NC – guests may take taxis, etc or can park for free. We offer a comfortable riding experience, though forest roads limit vehicle size. Our clean, well-maintained fleet (Ford Expedition/Econoline Van) has varied height/leg room.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

I highly recommend this tour and don’t forget to ask for Paul as your guide.
This is a worthwhile experience that is only about 2.5 miles of actual hiking.
The drive to and from downtown Asheville was easy and would highly recommend this tour to others who want to enjoy a nice 1/2 day of hiking and spectacular scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountain area.
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A senior' s best hiking day!
Jocelyn_M, Mar 2023
The waterfalls were awesome. My guides Nico and Paul made the hike memorable. They extended our hike which was challenging ,and exhilarating. The stop at the base of the fall to splash on the face was extra fun.Learning the history of forestry and seeing it is something to marvel.Nico is my hero! He realized that I needed help with my jacket. His help helped me maneuver like an experienced hiker. Oh!! the trekking pole made the experience professional.
Go chasing waterfalls!
Tracy_G, Feb 2023
Eli and Mark were expert tour guides that brought the experience to life! We were able to see the beautiful waterfalls and had a short drive on the parkway. It was great to enjoy the scenery and learn more about the local ecology at the same time.
Great hiking tour around Asheville
Brigitte_S, Jan 2023
We had an absolutely amazing time on this tour! Our guide, Eli, was phenomenal. She was very knowledgeable about the area and took us on some great hikes. Plus, she was just plain fun to be on an extended car ride with. We had debated on whether or not to just try the hikes on our own, but going on this tour was so much better. We will definitely be doing this again.
Beach meet mountains !
Rosina_S, Nov 2022
Sad. We were not able to download photos. I tried too often ! The best thing was Paul our guide. He was so knowledgeable about everything involving the beautiful environment. He patiently educated us on conservation and preservation. Uses of various plants. History. Thank you Paul. We come back ! Come to Mytle beach. Rose Scotto.
A must outing!
Anila_A, Oct 2022
Very educational and fun - Shannon had a wealth of information and stories along the hikes-with beautiful waterfalls
Hiking in Pisgah
lroesch, Oct 2022
Our guide, Paul, was fantastic. He knew the area, all the trails, the animals and plants, and explained everything in detail. He adapted the tour based on our interests. We saw multiple waterfalls and hiked some lovely areas.
leeann_r, Oct 2022
Paul was AMAZING!!! Super knowledgeable, funny, and upbeat!! Perfect hike for easy day with beautiful sites.
Great way to experience the area!
Carma_R, Sep 2022
Our naturalist Paul was knowledgeable and friendly. We learned so much about the area. Thanks for a great experience!
Eli was Awesome!!!
Kelly_L, Aug 2022
What a great experience and amazing guide. Eli was knowledgeable, super personable and an amazing soul to spend the day with. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire journey and the knowledge gained.
Waterfalls and learning with a naturalist - amazing
Tricia_M, Aug 2022
We had the best time with Ashley, our Naturalist, leading the way. We saw three waterfalls but learned so much more. She is truly excited about all things nature and was able to point out specific plants, trees, mushrooms, etc. as we came across them. We even got to try a spicy leaf and a spearmint leaf-branch off of some trees that were hanging into the walkway. Fun trail snacks if we can remember them next time! The Smokies were beautiful. Touring with a naturalist was an incredible experience. She was able to speak to much more than the history of the place, which we also enjoyed. It really added a new depth for us. In total we hiked about three miles. The hikes were as gorgeous as the falls. There are stairs, muddy trails (if recent rain), and plenty of up-hills. My husband and are and in our early 50s and in good shape. We were offered walking poles, which I love to use on hikes. You have the opportunity, but are not required to, step over stones in the shallow waters to get closer to the falls so some balance is required. We then drove back via the Blue Ridge Mountain parkway, stopping at the only hotel on the parkway to break, grab a snack, and use the restroom. Start time was 8:30am and we were back at our car by 2:00 (end time is advertised as 1:15pm but none of our group had commitments so we took more time to learn more). We recommend!
A day in the mountains
Lauren_V, Aug 2022
We had a wonderful time hiking with Eli and learning about the beautiful mountain range. Eli was a talented guide who had a wealth of knowledge!
Beautiful scenery and great guide
Diane_E, Jul 2022
Eli Is a wonderful tour guide. She’s very friendly and passionate about her work. Her enthusiasm was great!
Great Tour of Blue Ridge
Brittany_H, Jul 2022
Eli was a great tour guide, very friendly and knowledgeable! My boyfriend and I learned a lot about Blue Ridge, and the scenery was beautiful!
Breathtaking views
Anonymous, Jul 2022
Our naturalist Paul was very knowledgeable and entertaining.He showed us great views on the Blue ridge Parkway and a few beautiful waterfalls as we hiked.
Forest and mountain tour.
Rene_d, Jun 2022
This is an easy tour of the Ashville area forests and mountains. It involves some stairs and easy hiking. Eli was incredible. She is so much fun and so knowledgeable. The views of the Smokies are spectacular. We definitely recommend this tour.
Informative mild hike
Danielle_D, Jun 2022
Shannon was an excellent guide for my mom and I. We booked a Sunday morning tour and ended up being the only 2 people so she was very accommodating to my 70 yr old mom. She was a safe driver, took us on a scenic route up the mountain and showed us 2 waterfalls and a wonderful overlook of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (We opted out of the 3rd waterfall since mom couldn't keep walking). The trails were mild if youre in shape to walk a trail with tree roots on the path and slight incline. Shannon was knowledgeable about plants and the area in general. She offered walking sticks for our use and did a great job being the photographer as well :) The drive from the meeting spot is about 45 minutes. Once you get to Pisgah, there's a visitors center with a restroom and snack shop. There is also another restroom stop before heading back.
Fun time! Beautiful...
Tanah_L, May 2022
Fun time! Beautiful scenery! Enjoyed myself the whole time. Will definitely do again or another hike like this one.
Explore with an expert
Demi_S, May 2022
This tour was so much easier than trying to navigate finding waterfalls and trails on my own. It took the work out of it and we were just able to enjoy. Eli was an outstanding tour guide. Would definitely recommend this tour!
Fun hiking waterfalls
Svitlana_S, May 2022
Trip was very nice. Our guide Eli was really knowledgeable and friendly. We had a lot of fun hiking waterfalls
Great educational experience
ajskasha, Apr 2022
It was an invigorating walking and an educational event. Our guide Paul was very knowledgeable. He was informative and included all the group members in the conversations. He was also concerned about our needs and limitations. Bill did a good job mentoring Paul. Paul is a fine young Man and a credit to his profession.