Photo courtesy – Explore Asheville
Everyone assumes that because Asheville is in the mountains that it must be teeming with waterfalls. This is a dumb assumption to make, mainly because Asheville lies at the bottom of a valley carved by the French Broad River. But Asheville makes a great starting point if you’re looking to spend some time in the mountains to go hiking, especially if all of the accommodations in nearby Brevard are fully booked.
Asheville as a city, however, is a wonderful place. It’s North Carolina’s hippy capital, which means it’s teeming with all kinds of good music and interesting restaurants if you’re into organic, vegan, free range small plates. There’s also a vibrant hipster community that has spent the last several years building breweries and other restaurants that are actually pretty good. The Biltmore Estate, America’s largest mansion, also offers things – I don’t know what they are because I have yet to go, but I hear it’s nice at Christmas.
There are two fairly accessible waterfalls that I’ve placed in this section even though neither one is remotely close (there’s over an hour drive involved). But these three falls are so remote that Asheville is the closest city.