Private Waterfall and Blue Ridge Parkway Tour with a Naturalist

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Join our expert guides on a private waterfall hike and scenic Blue Ridge Parkway tour, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Asheville! Discover the stunning waterfalls and mountain views that make this place famous as we venture into the woodlands of Pisgah National Forest. With over 250 waterfalls to explore, we'll take you to the biggest and most off-the-beaten-path gems, including multi-tiered waterfalls, hidden pools, and rock overhangs. Along the way, our experienced naturalists will share stories from history and even teach you about edible plants found along the trail. As we drive along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway, you'll be mesmerized by the breathtaking mountain views. So grab your sturdy shoes, rainwear, and layers, and get ready for a half-day tour that will leave you with a stick in your hair and unforgettable memories. Inclusions: local guide, hiking poles, ponchos, bottled water, and snacks.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Suitable for 2-10 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Discover stunning waterfalls and mountain views
  • Experience hikes through natural wonders
  • Drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Learn about the history and flora of the area
  • Create unforgettable memories in Asheville
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Snacks
  • Local guide
  • Hiking poles
  • Ponchos
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

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Discover the breathtaking beauty of Asheville's waterfalls and scenic mountain views on the Private Waterfall Hike and Scenic Blue Ridge Parkway Tour. This highly recommended tour has been featured in Southern Living Magazine and MSN News, ensuring an unforgettable experience. Led by expert guides who are experienced naturalists, this tour combines adventure, history, and even plant foraging for a unique and immersive journey through nature.

What to expect?

Embark on a half-day tour that showcases the best waterfalls and views near Asheville. With over 250 waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest, your expert guide will take you to a mix of the biggest and off-the-beaten-path cascades. Spend 4.5 hours exploring multi-tiered waterfalls, hidden pools, and rock overhangs, experiencing the wonders of nature up close. Choose from hikes ranging from 1-3 miles or 3-7 miles, tailored to your interests and fitness level. Along the way, learn about the fascinating flora and fauna that call this area home. Traveling to the trailhead is an adventure in itself as you journey along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, passing through iconic tunnels and soaking in mesmerizing mountain views. Immerse yourself in nature's beauty as you hike through lush forests, listening to the soothing sounds of rushing water and feeling the cool mist of cascading waterfalls. This tour promises an exhilarating and awe-inspiring experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for anyone seeking an immersive outdoor adventure in Asheville. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a hiking aficionado, or simply someone who wants to experience the beauty of waterfalls and mountain vistas, this tour caters to a wide range of interests. Families, couples, and solo travelers will all find something to enjoy on this tour. The hikes can be tailored to different fitness levels, making it accessible for both beginners and experienced hikers. No matter your age or level of outdoor experience, this tour offers a memorable and rewarding experience for everyone.

Why book this?

By booking the Private Waterfall Hike and Scenic Blue Ridge Parkway Tour, you're guaranteeing yourself an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Asheville's natural wonders. With expert guides who are passionate about nature and knowledgeable about the area, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for the waterfalls, flora, and fauna that make this region so special. This tour goes beyond simply visiting popular attractions, taking you off the beaten path to discover hidden gems and lesser-known waterfalls. The inclusion of plant foraging adds another dimension to the experience, allowing you to taste the flavors of the forest.

Good to know

Before embarking on this tour, it's important to come prepared. Wear sturdy tennis shoes or hiking boots to ensure a comfortable and safe hike. Don't forget to bring rainwear, such as a rain jacket or poncho, as well as multiple layers for varying weather conditions. The tour provides hiking poles, ponchos, bottled water, and snacks for your convenience. The tour concludes around 1:30 p.m., leaving you with plenty of time to explore more of Asheville's attractions or simply relax and reflect on the natural beauty you've experienced.


Previous participants rave about the Private Waterfall Hike and Scenic Blue Ridge Parkway Tour. They highlight the knowledgeable and friendly guides who made the experience both educational and enjoyable. Many reviewers mention the stunning views and the sense of adventure that comes with exploring hidden waterfalls and natural pools. Overall, the reviews speak to the tour's ability to immerse participants in the beauty of Asheville's nature, leaving them with unforgettable memories and a desire to return for more outdoor adventures.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Pisgah National Forest

Blue Ridge Parkway

Pisgah National Forest

Looking Glass Falls



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Beautiful day full of adventure. Waterfalls were off the beaten track so wonderful time. Would love to do a different set of falls next time


We had an overall great experience. Our guide called us a few days before to ask if we had hiked or been to the waterfalls in Asheville and to check if we had any specific requests for our hike. He picked us up at the hotel and was super friendly and gave us a lot of great information about the forest and the history of the area. We went to some out of the way places that were beautiful. Would do this again.


There were just three of us, plus the guide, Ian. Ian had a tremendous amount of knowledge regarding the area's plants, animals, birds, history, etc., and he was an excellent guide. The drive through the Blue Ridge Parkway was beautiful, and we were able to make stops along the way for taking pics and just looking at the beauty of the area. The waterfalls were beautiful; I just wish there were more of them! Definitely worth the cost to have a guide to drive you there and provide so much information during the trip.


MK was the very best. She was very informative. It was relaxed and just what we ask for. No stress. She was also friendly and very approachable. I would highly recommend the trip and MK.


I would give it more stars if possible (10 out of 5)! We told our guide a few days prior what types of things we would like to see and do and our activity level, that we were fine getting a little wet or dirty and climbing over things to see some great waterfalls and scenic views. We were NOT DISAPPOINTED!!! Eli Adams could not have done a better job. We hiked for 5 hours, walked through a couple streams, climbed over dead trees and over boulders and up and down to some amazing views and water falls. We did not want to do a public tour and maybe be limited to the rate/speed/agility of a group of unknowns. We made the right choice….not matter what your abilities are I’m sure this group will accommodate your abilities and show you some amazing things in this beautiful area.


We had a perfect day on our private tour with Ian. In discussing our preferences with Ian, he took us on a beautiful and off the beat and path hike to Sliding Rock. Ian was an amazing guide, incredibly smart, interesting and fun. After our great 6 mile hike, we went to Looking Glass Falls, a perfect spot to finish our day. My wife and I can’t say enough great things about Asheville Hiking Tours and Ian, who made our day special.

Michael S

We had an amazing time. Chris was super knowledgeable, and took us to the perfect spots based on our interests. Highly recommend both him and this hiking company!


Loved our day with Asheville Hiking Tours and Paul! It was my second time to go hiking with Paul (first with a friend and then I brought my family back to spend the day!) I was a little concerned as we were traveling with four young people (age 14-20). I thought they might be bored, but Paul won them over in minutes. He was knowledgeable, funny and got the kids interested with his stories, pointing out snakes and different bird calls and getting them to eat all kinds of foliage! We even helped my niece get some relief from a wasp sting by chewing up leaves and using them as nature's Tylenol! Each kid said that the hike was their favorite activity...and that it even was better rafting! I cannot say enough good things about our hike...ask for Paul when you sign up--you will have a great day!


Chris was an excellent knowledgeable guide who perfectly tailored our private 5 hour hike/waterfall trip. He kept us from the crowds with a great early start, gave us space to enjoy our surroundings alone, didn’t rush anything, and has a great chill personality that was refreshing to be around. We will be requesting him again. The company was great to work with.

Leticia T

I booked a private tour with some custom requests, and AHT was able to accommodate everything I asked for. Our guide, Chris, was incredibly knowledgable about the fauna and flora of the area, and was also very friendly and easy to get along with. I really appreciated the way he made sure to include both me and my teen in discussions. Chris also made sure that we were very comfortable in terms of the risk of covid. Overall, it was an absolutely fantastic experience, well worth every dollar, and I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed it!
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