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.
•Wear appropriate footwear.
•Do not climb rocks above or below waterfalls.
•Always let someone know where you’re going.
Waterfalls Accessible by Mountain Bike
Bridal Veil Falls
Ride time: One hour round trip.
•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 Conservation Rd.
•Turn right on Bridal Veil Falls Rd.
•Leave your bike at the bike corral and enjoy the view.
Whale Back Falls
Ride Ride time: One hour round trip.
•Park at the Pisgah Center For Wildlife Education/Fish Hatchery parking lot on Fish Hatchery Road (FS 475).
•Ride out of the fish hatchery parking lot back onto the main road and make a left.
•Make a left onto Davidson River Trail.
•Stay on Davidson River Trail for about two miles.
•There is a distinct left turn off this trail that leads down to the falls. There is no sign but you can hear the waterfalls.
Waterfalls Accessible by Road Bike
It’s easy to do a waterfall tour on a road bike too. Waterfalls worth checking out are around every corner if you know where to look. Here are a few that don’t require much sidetracking! 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.
Looking Glass Falls
You could call Looking Glass the easiest waterfall in the county to visit, and it’s one of the 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 a long roadside parking lane.
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’s 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.
This waterfall is hidden just out of view on U.S. 276 in the Cedar Mountain community. 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. It’s worth noting that traffic can get heavy on U.S. 276, especially on nice weekends. To get there from Brevard, pedal south on U.S. 276 towards the South Carolina state line. About 6 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.
Hooker Falls, located in DuPont State Recreational Forest, is one of the county’s most iconic falls. While not technically roadside, there is a large parking area and a wide footpath upon which you can walk your road bike. The rocky “beach” around the pool at the base of the falls is a popular area for visitors during the hot summer months.
The Hooker Falls access area is on DuPont Road, and can be accessed from either U.S. 64/Crab Creek Road on the Hendersonville side of Brevard, or from U.S. 276/Cascade Lake Road/Staton Road if you’re coming from Cedar Mountain. If you’re riding a road or road/gravel loop that traverses the forest, it can make a great stopping point.