Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hiking and Waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

Just south of Waynesville is an area of North Carolina with 250 majestic waterfalls and spectacular panoramas. Head south on 276, past Cold Mountain in Cruso, into Transylvania County, NC for incredible waterfalls like Sliding Rock, Moore Cove Falls, Looking Glass Falls and Laughing Falls. Some of these falls are located right off the main road with little to no walking or hiking involved. Some offer beautiful, scenic hikes of various distances and levels of difficulty.
Nestled below the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest is the birthplace of forestry in America - the Cradle of Forestry. George W. Vanderbilt launched the idea of forestry in 1891. Vanderbilt's 125,000 acres became the proving ground for the scientific approach to forest management. The Cradle of Forestry offers hands-on learning experiences in a forest environment. Explore and learn through self-guided activities or venture outside and walk the Biltmore Campus and Forest Festival Trails.

From 276, jump onto the Blue Ridge Parkway on your way back toward Brookside Mountain Mist Inn for the scenic drive of a lifetime. Be sure to stop at mile marker 418 at Graveyard Fields. You can take a quick stroll to see the lower falls or spend more time hiking the numerous trails up the mountain to the upper falls. The lower falls have stairs to allow for easier access to the waterfall for those that cannot hike or walk too far.
Continue on your journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway to mile marker 440 at the Balsam Gap exit. Now you are only minutes away from rest and relaxation at Your Luxury Smoky Mountain Escape, Brookside Mountain Mist Inn Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy a bottle of wine while gazing at the Smoky Mountains from the back terrace or our new fireplace deck. Take a nap in the two-person hammock up front by the brook. Read a good book while rocking your cares away on our rocking chairs or two-person glider, both overlooking the beautiful Smoky Mountains.

Come for the scenery, stay for the adventure!

Carolyn Gendreau & Dina Giunta
Brookside Mountain Mist Inn

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