Attractions

  • Mountains to Sea Trail: Trailhead starts in the back of the Davidson River parking area. This trail stretches 1,000 miles from Clingman’s Dome in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks of NC. This section of the trail is a spur to the main and is very popular with trail runners.
  • Looking Glass Falls: One of the most popular falls visited in the forest. There is a short trail to the base of the 60ft falls for a closer view. Stay away from the falls. Try Moore Cove Falls 1.1 miles further up the road for a more personal waterfall experience by getting underneath them. Looking Glass Falls is 5 miles North on Highway 276 from the entrance of the Forest.
  • Moore Cove Falls: Walk under this 45 ft waterfall. Trail is rated easy and follows a gentle up and down path. Round trip walking time is about 45 minutes. Allow extra time to have a picnic on the rocks and enjoy the interesting formations around the falls.
  • Looking Glass Trailhead: You have to work a bit for this rewarding view, but it’s well worth the effort. Looking Glass Rock trail climbs about 1,700 ft in just over three miles (6.5 miles roundtrip). The trail switchbacks through Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel tunnels before popping out to open cliffs with spectacular views. Do not get too close to the edge.
  • Sliding Rock: This is a must see. This recreation area has a changing room and a large parking lot that requires a small fee. Sliding Rock is a naturally occurring 60ft waterslide with a 7ft deep pool at the bottom.
  • Cradle of Forestry: Contains the first official school of forestry in America – The Biltmore Forest School. There is an 18 minute movie, hands on exhibits, a snack bar and a gift shop. Be sure the kids ride the fighting helicopter simulator and participate in the scavenger hunt. Fun for everyone!
  • Blue Ridge Parkway: Marvel at the forest clad mountain peaks, the mist filled coves, and the slopes of fragrant balsams, rhododendrons and mountain laurel. Breathless views this time of the year with the leaves changing. Take a left to visit Graveyard Fields or a right to head to Asheville.
  • Dupont State Forest: About 30 minutes by car from the start/finish area sits a magnificent piece of land. With 10,268 acres and 80 miles of roads and trails, this forest is open to the public for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Fishing is allowed with a valid NC fishing license.

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