Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
All that talk of waterfalls may have inspired dreams of sunbathing on a rock with the roar of rushing water. Linville Falls itself is blocked off to visitors, but your solution lies only a few hours South in Pisgah National Forest. The forest’s 500,000 acres are home to your usual trails and peaks, but the real attraction is in the waterfalls.
Pisgah hosts dozens of waterfalls, big and small, and many of them are only a short hike from major roads. We recommend Sliding Rock, a natural waterslide that ends in a deep pool (we also recommend you wear heavier clothing to protect your nether regions.) If you want less sliding and more swimming, you’ll find the idyllic Looking Glass Falls a perfect place for an afternoon dip.
You can cap off the day in Asheville, home to some of the finest food, music, and drink that North Carolina has to offer.