Just north of Asheville, NC we found one of the prettiest roads, and a photographer’s dream. Lined with several small to mid-sized waterfalls, this gorgeous forest road terminated at a short hike to Douglas Falls.
We felt the road itself was a hidden gem, as it winded its way through a thick remote area of the Big Ivy region of the Pisgah National Forest. With the exception of hunters (as it was fall), there was very little traffic. Probably as it’s a bit out of the way, but was very worth it.
Most visitors to the area don’t realize there’s actually two ways to get to Douglas Falls. The more popular way is the 3.6 mile one way hard hike from the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. Or, the 1 mile round trip hike from the parking lot at the end of Dillingham Road (SR 2173). But, it’s not just the easier hike to Douglas Falls why we recommend taking this scenic road.