8 Waterfalls for your summer bucket list + more…

Summer vacations in the Blue Ridge Mountains are the best way to escape the heat of the Southeast region of the US. When you plan a visit to Asheville, it’s still warm enough to go chasing waterfalls, rushing rivers and spring-fed lakes to stay cool. Here are some great ways to get in and on the water this summer:

River Rafting + Kayaking

Photo credit: NOC Outdoor Center

When visiting the mountains of Western North Carolina, there are many great ways to stay cool and have fun in the rivers and lakes. We suggest making a Summer bucket list for all the activities you want to cross off your list. First, the rivers.

Here are some great river companies to plan a day rafting and wading down the coolest waterways of North Carolina.


The waterfalls you will find here in the mountains are not difficult to find, you just have to know where to look. Here’s how:

Step 1) Download the All-Trails App.

Step 2) Plug in any or all of these waterfall locations and get hunting. These are our top ten waterfalls you must see before leaving Asheville:

  1. Looking Glass Falls
  2. Hooker falls
  3. Bridal falls
  4. Cathey’s Creek Falls
  5. Schoolhouse Falls
  6. Whitewater Falls
  7. Rainbow Falls
  8. Linville Falls
  9. Glen Falls
  10. River Run Falls

Nearby Lakes

North Carolina has beautiful, clear water lakes where the water is refreshing and invigorating to splash in. Check out our list of lake beaches, state parks and boating adventures.

Closest Lake Beaches to Asheville:

  • Lake Powhatan in Bent Creek in Asheville
  • Lake Lure Beach + Marina
  • Lake James State Park + Beach in Marion

A little further away, best for boating + fishing:

  • Lake Fontana
  • Lake Glenville
  • Watauga Lake
  • Lake Santeetlah

Property of the Month:

Daughter’s Den!

Located just outside downtown Asheville in Fairview, North Carolina, Daughter’s Den is the perfect vacation rental to spend a week enjoying all things Asheville. This adorable new home is just 10 minutes to downtown Asheville, the Biltmore Estate and 5 minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s perfectly central, but away from the hustle and bustle of city traffic and noise, offering the perfect amount of privacy with plenty of space to roam, walk and gather around the community fire pit and pavilion.

What are some of the things to do when staying at Daughter’s Den?

  1. Downtown is a cheap Uber / Lyft ride. You will want to explore every inch of downtown through galleries, shops, great food + drink spots.
  2. Hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s just a few blocks away from Daughter’s Den. Drive until your heart’s content.
  3. You will want to shoot over to Lake Lure to go enjoy the beach, kayaking, or pontoon boating. Wanting to stay dry? Then go sip local wine from nearby wineries and dine on delicious local snacks to fuel your adventure.
  4. Hop on the highway and dart over to Black Mountain. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump away. Go stroll the local galleries and shops in the downtown area. Or, check out one of the great Black Mountain hikes. We suggest Lookout Mountain.
  5. And don’t forget Biltmore Estate or the Grove Park Inn. Both are worth every penny you will spend exploring these two historic giants.

Now, what are you waiting for? Check out all of our properties HERE. Book your next stay with us and let’s get vacationing and discover new experiences!