Distance to drive: about 65 miles, 1hour and 30 minutes
Distance to walk: about one and a half miles one way
Hike Rating: moderate
Reward: Stunning views all around you. Admire the wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Driving direction: Follow 64 to Hendersonville. Take I-26 West to exit 37 (Skyland), go left (west) on 146 west and after about 1.5 miles turn north on 191. After 3 miles enter the Blue Ridge Parkway and go south. After about 24 miles on the parkway you see the Graveyard Fields on Milepost 419. Park here and follow local directions.
Hiking direction: It is a well-traveled trail; you will meet hikers from all over the continent. Spend some time on the lower falls and the upper falls and take pleasure from the vistas, delight in the fresh air, luxuriate in the present moment and relish the views. Towards the end of the trail to the upper falls, hiking gets a little difficult because of boulders on the trail.
Go back to the Pisgah Inn on milepost 408 on the Parkway. It is usually crowded, unless you go on weekdays. Try their soup and sandwich.
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“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I had not lived. “Henry David Thoreau
Have a fantstic day exploring our beautiful mountain home!