1. Upper Whitewater Falls
Walk a quarter-mile paved trail (accessible for wheelchairs or scooters) to see the mighty Upper Whitewater Falls across the valley, plummeting 411 feet. Also, take a staircase down to a second overlook. It’s located in the Nantahala National Forest, about 60 miles from Asheville.
How to get there: From Asheville, head south on I-26 E toward the Asheville Regional Airport. Take Exit 40 toward Airport Rd. Then, take a right onto N.C. 280 toward Brevard. When you reach Brevard, take U.S. 64 West toward Lake Toxaway/Highlands. At the town of Sapphire, turn left onto N.C. 281 and drive eight miles. Total distance from Asheville is about 60 miles.