Waterfall Hunting By Hike & By Bike – 2017

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If there’s one thing Brevard is better known for than great biking, it would have to be waterfalls. Transylvania County is actually called the Land of Waterfalls. It’s also a temperate rain forest, which is why locals jokingly refer to it as the land where water falls.

Fortunately, the abundance of water combines with our mountain topography to create spectacular cascades. We’ve laid out some of the best waterfalls that are accessible by bike.

Be careful when exploring our waterfalls. People die every year by getting too close. Help us keep them open to the public by following some simple guidelines:
•Stay on marked trails.
•Do not climb rocks above or below waterfalls.
•Wear appropriate footwear.
•Always let someone know where you’re going.

Bridal Veil Falls – Easy Ride
Ride time: One hour round trip.
Directions:
•Park at the Buck Forest parking lot in DuPont.
•Ride through the gate at the back of the lot.
•Go straight under the covered bridge.
•Turn right after the bridge on Conser- vation Rd.
•Turn right on Bridal Veil Falls Rd.
•Leave your bike at the bike corral and enjoy the view.

Wintergreen Falls – Easy/Moderate Ride
Ride time: One hour round trip.
Directions:
•Park at the Guion Farm parking lot on Sky Valley Rd.
•Head left out of the parking lot along the tree line on Tarkiln Branch Rd. •Turn left on Wintergreen Falls Trail.
•Follow the sign to the waterfall up the creek.

Waterfalls Accessible By Bike
It’s easy to do a waterfall tour on the road bike too. Waterfalls worth checking out are around every corner if you know where to look. Here are three that don’t require much sidetracking, if any! Please note that all of these falls are on two lane roads that can get a good bit of traffic, especially during warm weather, so be considerate of drivers and ride with caution.

20170320Looking Glass Falls01Looking Glass Falls
You could call Looking Glass the easiest waterfall in the county to visit, and it’s one of two waterfalls on the Parkway Loop in our road routes guide. Located in Pisgah National Forest on U.S. 276, it’s about 5 miles from the intersection with U.S. 64 and N.C. 280. The falls are located on the right side of the road not far past Fish Hatchery Rd. (FS 475); you can’t miss it.
There is virtually no climbing to get to these falls.
Volunteers working with the Pisgah Conservancy removed overgrowth surrounding the viewing area last year.

Bird Rock Falls
Bird Rock Falls is also located on the Parkway Loop ride, behind the Living Waters Ministry property on N.C. 215. The falls are hidden on rider right. It might be best to remove cycling shoes before making the way down the stairs. The falls can be heard from the road, just follow the path and respect private property.

20170320Connestee Falls01Connestee Falls
This waterfall is hidden just out of view on U.S. 276 in the Cedar Mountain community, just up the mountain from Brevard. A few years ago a new viewing platform was built to help visitors access the falls safely, and there are plenty of benches where you can sit and rest tired legs. To get there from Brevard, pedal south on U.S. 276 towards the South Carolina state line. About six miles from town the road turns uphill and climbs a steady grade for a solid two miles. On the right after the road levels out there will be signs for Connestee Falls and a defined area where other people will be visiting the falls. The ride to and from the falls should take the average rider about an hour and half.

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