Blue Ridge Waterfall Trip
Next Trip: May 2018

Trip Rating: Challenging Maximum Daily mileage: 4-8
Terrain: Hilly with uneven patches, rocks, and roots
Elevation gains: Up to 750 feet

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If you love gorgeous waterfalls … sweeping mountain vistas … spring wildflowers … towering forests … and meeting other outdoor women… this trip is for you!

turtleback falls

Savor gorgeous views, like this one at Turtleback Falls

Blue Ridge Mountain View

Savor jaw-dropping vistas and spring blossoms
of the Blue Ridge Mountains

  • Hike to 19 of the loveliest waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Glimpse waterfall-created rainbows, be awed by the highest fall east of the Rockies, and walk behind a thundering 80-foot fall
  • Discover amazing vistas from a mountain that could be the world’s oldest
  • Delight in spring’s vibrant colors, courtesy of mountain azaleas and wildflowers
  • Explore towering forests, mountain rivers, and gorges.
  • Kayak the third oldest river in the world
  • Enjoy two charming lodges. One is nestled in a quaint mountain village. The other was recently voted "Best National Park Lodge," and features breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from your private balcony.

The whole experience exceeded my expectations! The leaders were very tuned in to individual & group needs. The Carolina scenery was exceptional, lodging was great, meals were well thought out, and the group of women was awesome! "Periwinkle"

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Stand atop the world!

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Take a dip at our favorite swim hole
under Silver Glenn Falls.

Day 1

• Arrive at the Asheville, NC, airport and let us shuttle you to our charming lodge in the quaint mountain village of Cashiers. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains en route.

• After settling into your room, we’ll head out to savor Carolina’s famous barbecue and down-home atmosphere.

 
Day 2

Hike 3.5 miles along Horsepasture River and its two spectacular falls: teen-favorite Turtleback Falls and 150-foot Rainbow Falls. Then, our short afternoon walk rewards us with views of 411-foot Whitewater Falls ~ the tallest waterfall east of the Rockies. On the way home, cool your toes or take a refreshing dip under a waterfall in our favorite swim hole at Silver Glenn Falls.

That evening, kick back and let us treat you to a catered dinner from one of our favorite Cashiers restaurants. We’ll then dine at one of Cashier’s favorite spots.

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Hike to 19 of Carolinas’ most beautiful waterfalls.

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Kayak the world’s third oldest river.

 
Day 3

Enjoy amazing vistas on this 2-mile hike of Whiteside Mountain, which boasts the highest sheer cliffs in the eastern U.S. Some experts believe this to be the oldest mountain in the world. Nearby, hike 1.2 miles to two shimmering 50-foot cascades at Glenn Falls. Then, we’ll drive past wispy Bridal Veil Falls and don rain ponchos to hike behind the roaring 80-foot waterfall at Dry Falls.

After our hikes, enjoy free time for R&R or walk to Cashiers’ shops. Then savor dinner together at a favorite Cashiers spot.

 
Day 4

Kayak 8 miles down the gentle French Broad River, considered the world’s third oldest river. Enjoy lunch and shopping in the delightful town of Brevard. En route to the iconic Blueridge Parkway, we’ll view picturesque Looking Glass Falls, and hike 3/4 mile through towering old-growth forests to wispy Moore Cove Falls.

Settle into your room at the Pisgah Inn, recently voted "Best National Park Lodge" by USA Today readers. Relish spectacular views from your balcony with a good book, or take a self-guided hike along the Blue Ridge escarpment. We’ll have dinner at the Pisgah Inn Dining Room.

Enjoy spectacular vistas from our Pisgah Inn lodge.

Stand behind waterfalls...

... and sit in their refreshing mist.

Day 5

Hike through the private trails of the Connestee Falls Community, featuring a cascading mountain brook that plummets over five major waterfalls, including Connestee Falls, one of Western Carolina’s most scenic falls. You’ll enjoy the trail’s abundant wildflowers and historic cave.

Then explore DuPont State Forest to view Hooker Falls (featured in The Last of the Mohicans), stand on bedrock jutting into the cascades of 150-foot Triple Falls, and sit in the cooling mist from 120-foot High Falls.

We’ll dine at a favorite local restaurant in Brevard. Then savor the beautiful views from the Pisgah Inn before tucking in for a great night?s sleep.

 
Day 6

Drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to Black Balsam Knob, where we’ll hike to Devils Courthouse. Enjoy lunch at the "top of the world", where you can see all the way to Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Then take a 1/2-mile hike to Skinny Dip Falls, one of the locals’ favorites. This trail passes through wildflower habitat rich with spring ephemerals.

In the afternoon, take your pick: Relax and reflect on your adventures while taking in vistas of the peaks and valleys from your balcony, or select one of the many hikes behind the Pisgah Inn.

Savor our last night’s meal at the Pisgah Inn Dining Room.

Day 7
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Feel the waterfalls’ rush, the mountains’ majesty,
and nature?s embrace.. .

Return home with fond memories, new friends, and a renewed love for the great outdoors. We’ll drive you to Asheville Regional Airport for your flight home.

I have too many favorite memories to list! But a few are the beautiful scenery and woods ... the "girls" swimming in the cold pond... evenings having a wonderful meal and wine ... laughing. The ladies were all great to be with, and our guides were terrific! ~ "Monkey Hill"

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Enjoy the peaceful grounds of our
Laurelwood Mountain Inn.

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Hike behind a thundering waterfall.

Registration/Cost

The trip cost* includes:

  • 3 nights, double-occupancy, at charming Laurelwood Mountain Inn
  • 3 nights, double-occupancy with two queen beds, at the Pisgah Inn
  • Hot, complimentary breakfasts at the Pisgah Inn
  • Guided hikes by experienced, knowledgeable leaders
  • Nature-based discussions that foster warm camaraderie and help you view nature and yourself in new ways
  • Transportation throughout the week
  • Shuttles to and from Asheville’s airport, within designated time frames
  • Park entrance fees
  • Informational booklet packed with suggestions on what to bring; fun facts about the area’s history, weather, and wildlife; and hiking tips
  • Photo CD memento of the trip

*Trip price is based on the room you choose for your 3-night stay at Laurelwood Mountain Inn. Read the options below and view rooms at www.LaurelwoodMountainInn.com Rooms are available on a first-come basis.4 days and nights, double-occupancy at charming Laurelwood Mountain Inn.

  • ”We’re so thankful we joined you and the others on this AWESOME hiking trip ”~Mother & daughter team, Swift River and Skip
  • ”I like that everything is taken care of, and then some. I have so much responsibility in my life, that it’s nice not to think about food, transportation, etc. I want to go back and take all of my friends to share the experience with them. It was so beautiful.!! ”~Ladybug
  • ”I’ll bring a friend or a sister on these trips because I know that whatever their circumstance in life, they’ll be respected and feel comfortable, they’ll have a quality hiking experience, and they’ll make new friends ” ~Flowing Water
  • ”Thank you for a remarkable experience ” ~Anonymous
  • ”The best part of the trip is that it doesn’t end with the end of the week because it is now living in my heart. ” ~Hawk