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Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist

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Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist

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icon4 hours 45 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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

8:30 AM

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Asheville Hiking Tours
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "I highly recommend this tour and don’t forget to ask for Paul as your guide." See review
  • "This is a worthwhile experience that is only about 2.5 miles of actual hiking." See review
  • "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." See review

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star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
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!
star-5
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!
star-5
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
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star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
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
star-5
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.
star-4
Enjoying a Mother/Daughter Day!
Veronica_M
, Apr 2022
This is a wonderful, beautiful experience. Eli, our tour guide, is awesome. She is great at identifying plants, knows the hidden gems and makes this experience rememberable. The Parkways was closed so we missed that portion of the tour, but it still was a memorable tour. Love the meeting spot also.
star-5
Beyond breathtaking
Sunailen_R
, Apr 2022
This was the best experience by far in Asheville. The Asheville Hiking Tour Company was great and our guide, Paul was beyond knowledgeable and funny. Certainly made the experience one to remember. I will be coming back to Asheville and the beautiful surrounding mountains! I assure you this experience will not disappoint.
star-5
Wonderful adventure!
Faye_B
, Apr 2022
Eli was amazing!!! Such a relaxing, magical, and informative adventure. Definitely recommend to anyone looking to experience the nature of Asheville.
star-5
Breathtaking
Amy_S
, Oct 2021
The entire trip from start to finish was amazing. Mike the tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable and really cared about his guests enjoying And giving us the ultimate experience. I would highly recommend him. Beautiful tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Amazing! Thank you for your kind words and recommendation. Mike is definitely passionate about making sure our guests have as much fun as he does out on the trail. Come back, soon!
star-5
Great starting point to lear about the area surrounding Asheville.
Marcy_C
, Oct 2021
Chris, our guide, was amazing and incredibly knowledgeable. He has a passion for the area that’s infectious. I wish it had been a full dat tour instead of half day.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Sounds like we'll have to take you out for another tour! Thank you so much for your kind words; Chris loves the feedback.
star-5
We had the best time!
CASSANDRA_A
, Oct 2021
Mary-Kait was an awesome guide -friendly, knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. My sisters and I very much enjoyed our hike. And the waterfalls were amazing!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
The waterfalls are definitely amazing, but it's great to have MK to show you the way! We really appreciate your review.
star-5
Outstanding!!!
Sharon_O
, Oct 2021
Paul, our guide, was awesome! Paul has extensive knowledge of plants, flowers, birds, waterfalls and area history. He loves nature and it shows! Paul helped everyone in our group feel at ease. He chose easy trails with beautiful waterfalls!!! This tour is a win win and was money well spent. We were able to see and do a lot. This tour will not disappoint! Highly recommend!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for this outstanding recommendation! Paul loves this kind of feed back almost as much as he loves nature. Come back soon!
star-5
The guide was fantastic,...
AUDREY_L
, Sep 2021
The guide was fantastic, he was so knowledgeable and entertaining. The views were amazing and we enjoyed the trip very much.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for this amazing review! It's easy to share this beautiful part of the world when you have a guide who knows their stuff. Happy Trails!

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