Asheville is just the beginning. After you have experienced many of the things that Asheville has to offer, you may want to check out some of the neighboring cities and towns. Western North Carolina features a bunch of places where you can spend the day, or a few days, and get to know the many sub-cultures in the area. To name a few places, there is Black Mountain, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Weaverville; and Brevard where we recently visited for such a wonderful and delicious food tour!
When we went to Brevard North Carolina, we met our Brevard Bites tour guide Matt at our first stop, Wine Down. After a brief introduction, the Prosecco and cheese was served and everyone enjoyed their first bite.
The second stop was at The Proper Pot where we had some amazing chocolate truffles and coffee.
Then it was down the street to the Blue Ridge Bakery for stop number three. The Spanakopita was just delicious, as well as everything else on that plate.
Hobnob was our fourth stop on the food tour, and this is now on our “must eat” list of spots in Brevard NC!
Then we went over to Jordan Street Cafe for stop number 5, and the Salmon was so good, plus we also got a sneak taste of their homemade coconut cake.
Stop number seven was “2 fer 1” at Brevard Brewing where we had some beer, accompanied by some of the tastiest Mexican food I have ever had, by El Quixote. We will pay them a visit real soon!
Last was dessert, of course, and we went to Kiwi Gelato to try a few of their delish flavors, the perfect end to this yummy tour.
Hooker Falls – Located in DuPost State Forest. The easy hiking trail has made it one of the most popular waterfalls in the area. From the main parking lot, use the trail to the right and follow the signs to reach the falls. The trail is about a quarter of a mile. Upon getting close to the falls, you’ll notice small observation deck. You can keep going about 100 yards to get a better view of Hooker Falls. Though it’s only 12 feet high, the water rushing down makes quite an impression, especially after some heavy rain. Please use caution if you decide to take a swim near the falls.
Triple Falls – Also located in DuPont State Forest. You can visit Triple Falls after seeing Hooker Falls. From the main parking lot, walk over the bridge, to reach the trail. It’s about half a mile one way, but it will feel longer once you reach the incline. You will be able to see all three cascades from an observation point. Keep going just a little more, and you’ll see some wooden steps to the left which will take you to a flat area and you’ll be able to sit and relax for a moment to enjoy some beautiful falls. Please use caution, and also be aware there is no swimming allowed.
Looking Glass Falls – Located in Pisgah Forest, it is has become one of the biggest attractions in the area because of its easy access. Located right off the road on Highway 276 near Brevard, NC, and there are some steps you can take to get a closer look at the waterfall. Enjoy the view from the observation deck, or cautiously walk down to the water and enjoy a little swim. Looking Glass Falls is a beautiful sight, and it looks spectacular after some heavy rain. As always, please use caution if you decide to go for a swim.
Sliding Rock – Located just up the road from Looking Glass Falls, it is a popular spot in the summer for swimmers of all ages. There is a small fee to enter during the summer, so keep that in mind if you decide to go. Sliding Rock gets extremely crowded on those warm summer days when everyone wants to cool down, but it’s a fun experience. There is a lifeguard on duty during the summer months. Always use caution when swimming at the falls.
Second Falls at Graveyard Fields – Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Post 418.8. In the summer months, chances are you will see the parking lot filled with cars. Second Falls is an easy to moderate hike. From the parking lot, walk down the steps to the paved trail. Once you reach the river, cross the bridge and keep going until you see the dirt trail on the right. You’ll come to a long, steep set of steps. Once you reach the bottom, you’ll be able to see Second Falls. If you decide to go over the observation deck, please use caution as rocks can get slick. You can take a swim right below the waterfall, but please use caution there as well. The hike is about half mile one way.
Upper Falls at Graveyard Fields – Located in the same vicinity as Second Falls. If you’re hiking in the direction of Second Falls, take a left after crossing the wooden bridge and wooden trail. Be sure to follow the signs. One you reach the falls, it may not look like much if it hasn’t rained much. Use caution while walking over the rocks as they can be slick. Expect to hike over a couple of miles if you visit Upper Falls.
Eastatoe Falls – It’s a beautiful waterfall located in someone’s backyard. Please respect their property if you decide to visit. Conveniently, they have allowed people to park their car behind their house (you will see the sign). Located in Rosman, NC near Brevard, it is off Highway 178. Once you turn on Highway 178 from Highway 64, go about three and a half miles until you see a sign that says “Mountain Meadow” on the right side. Follow the driveway to the back of the house. Walk further back into the backyard and you will hear the waterfall.
Dry Falls – Located off Highway 64 near Highlands, NC, this waterfall is amazing. It is a beautiful 75 foot waterfall. Once you reach the parking lot, walk down the long staircase and follow the walkway to the waterfall. You will be able to walk behind the waterfall! It is definitely a great experience, especially if you go after some heavy rain!
Rainbow Falls – Located in Gorges State Park. Rainbow Falls is near Sapphire, NC on NC-281. It is about a mile and a half hike one way, and it is moderate. The waterfall will be worth the drive and the hike. The 150 foot tall waterfall does not disappoint, and there is also an observation deck to get a closer look. Many people also swim near the waterfall, but always use caution as the rocks get slick and currents are tough after some heavy rain. You can also walk about a quarter of a mile up the trail to visit Turtleback Falls and take a swim up there as well.
Whitewater Falls – Located near Gorges State Park and Sapphire, NC on NC-281, Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall this side of the Rockies. Once you get to the parking lot, please be aware there is a small fee ($2) per vehicle to park – this is to contribute to the upkeep of the park area. Once there, follow the paved trail about a quarter of a mile to see this magnificent 411 foot waterfall. Once you see the waterfall, you will also see a steep staircase to the right. Go down to get a better look. The steps are steep, and there are 154 of them! Unfortunately, you cannot get a closer look of the falls other than the one from the observation deck. For the experienced hikers, there is a trail near the observation deck which takes you to the bottom, but please use caution.
The Brevard NC community is one of the great areas not too far away from Asheville and Hendersonville. This town has been cool and funky for years, and now accelerated with the Oskar Blues Brewery recently moving to the area. This Town also features Brevard College, a great educational institution in Western North Carolina.
The biggest and best find in Brevard NC during this trip was the Local Color store in the middle of downtown. This place was so full of art, life and happiness. Wind chimes were everywhere and the place was music to our ears. We even found some local featured Asheville artists represented in this shop!
We stopped by Rocky’s Grill and Soda Fountain in downtown Brevard for a quick bite and it was delish. For dessert… a sundae of course! We loved this spot. We got to eat, talk and watch a bunch of people & kids eating food and ice cream, and having a great time. The General Store (DD Bullwinkel) attached to this place is amazing. A little bit of EVERYTHING!!
And a trip is not a trip without some chocolate in the mix, so we stopped by Downtown Chocolates in Brevard, hidden in this little cute alley way. We picked up a variety of deliciousness. Above is a photo of the Marzipan.
We stopped by OP Taylor’s as well and found a map we had been looking for. We love the town of Brevard North Carolina! Add this place to your vacation and staycation list and visit soon.