Chasing Waterfalls Near Asheville Western North Carolina

waterfalls in Western NC

There’s nothing like a natural waterfall to soothe our senses. No wonder folks who adore setting out on invigorating hikes near Asheville NC, search for cascading falls throughout the region.  Waterfalls are as individual as snowflakes–no two are alike, and their beauty is undeniable.  Whether the water takes the form of running rapids, or a gentle stream flow, the waterfalls of Western North Carolina are among the state’s glorious natural features. 

Have you ever noticed the calming effect when you stand by the ocean’s shore, lost in the salty spray while the pounding surf is all you can hear? For the same reason we love the sound of the ocean, indoor waterfalls have become a popular fixture in our homes. This is because the sound of cascading water, just like the sound of the ocean’s waves, is soothing to our senses.

We are incredibly fortunate in this region to be able to step from our mountain view cottages and take hikes near Asheville NC to any number of these uplifting waterfalls where we can experience the glorious sight, sound and mist in person. The spray from a waterfall is cooling and pure as the spray from the sea, and the sound of a natural waterfall is something you cannot buy.

Here are a few waterfalls of Western North Carolina to put on your list when planning your next hikes near Asheville NC:

Looking Glass Falls is named after nearby Looking Glass Rock; located off US 276 between Waynesville and Brevard, this is an easy 50-foot waterfall you can admire from the parking lot.  There’s a short flight of stairs if you’d like a closer peek.  This is a great excursion for little kids or the elderly who are unable to handle a longer hike.  Swimming in the pool beneath the falls is amazing fun and safe even for little ones.

Soco Falls is located off Highway 19 of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Maggie Valley and Cherokee.  This waterfall is known for being tucked away as well as being two falls in one!  Soco Falls is the perfect backdrop for your family photos.

Dry Falls also has easy access from the highway and is located in the Nantahala National Forest.  This waterfall joins a group along the Cullasaja River in an 8-mile stretch.  Visitors can stay somewhat dry while walking behind the falls but don’t count on that—the refreshing mist from Dry Falls can make London seem arid!

Linville Falls is closest to The Coves and is part of the National Park Service and boasts three waterfalls, two upper and one beneath with a forty-five foot drop.  This falls is right off the parkway at milepost 316.  There are a variety of trails to hike for all levels of endurance and a picnic area to enjoy after you work up that hearty appetite.

There are hundreds of waterfalls of Western North Carolina to visit.  Did you know we have four waterfalls at The Coves?

Those who live in mountain view cottages at The Coves Mountain River Club, know the ease and simplicity of stepping out of their front doors to explore the four cascading waterfalls along the gated community’s impeccably-groomed trails.

Grandfather Gorge Falls is a 50-foot-triple-tier falls with water that plunges down tremendous boulders and into a stunning pool.  Mila Cascading Falls is admired for its staircase effect that flows into the Johns River in the serenity of Mila Park.  Highland River Falls cascades through a hollow in the mountain, splashing into the Johns River.  And Penelope Cascading Falls is dynamically layered and 40 feet high with various splash pools. Of course these waterfalls and trails are graced with mountain laurel, azaleas, and other colorful flowers and a canopy of trees that provide shelter for many captivating birds at The Coves.

When you’re scoping out mountain view cottages, come visit us and be sure to bring your camera to capture the beauty of our waterfalls.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

Tags: Asheville | Greenways & Trails

New Cozy Mountain View Cottages in WNC

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There’s a mantra in our culture that tells us “bigger is better” in terms of building a house.  We’ve all seen the garish “McMansions” that pop up in otherwise stylish neighborhoods, often serving primarily as oversize status symbols that offer little in the way of practicality.  But in recent years, there’s been a refreshing change in outlook that’s leading many to investigate a more sensible option.

From empty-nesters to first-time homeowners on a budget to buyers just wanting to downsize and simplify their lives, people are discovering the unique charm and benefits of cottages. 

There’s no denying their “curb appeal”. The small dimensions attract the eye, and they’re certainly photogenic.  But from an economic standpoint, less square footage also means they yield big savings in the costs of construction, utilities and furnishings. And, of course, a cottage is more manageable than a bigger home. The idea of having more time available for gardening and other pursuits is very attractive. It can be said that living in a smaller space in some ways makes your life larger.

For your cottage, you can utilize most of the same features and materials you would select for a standard structure. You don’t have to cut corners or make sacrifices in terms of creativity.  Exposed joists, high ceilings and porches and decks can make your living space feel larger.  Building a home in the mountains is always a fun experience. Unlike in an urban subdivision, you have the opportunity to let the lay of the land, the magnificent setting and your lot’s natural features lead you to the perfect design.

If you’re looking at smaller NC mountain homes, we invite you to visit The Coves Mountain River Club.  Perched on one of the highest ridges in the community, our River Club Cottages are available to the first twelve families that take advantage of the best views in the Coves.  You’ll have a range of square footage and floor plans to choose from. All of them include the master bedroom on the main floor, open living spaces and timeless finishes.

One of the best features of these mountain view cottages is that they’re just a short walk from our mountaintop lodge. Whether you want to enjoy a day at the pool, get in a quick workout in the fitness center or enjoy any of the scheduled activities, it’s all virtually at your back door.

Building a home in the mountains at The Coves includes a complimentary four-hour consultation for your interior selections.  Everything will be engineered to meet or exceed our strict North Carolina Building Code.  And, if you’re out of town, you can relax knowing that a construction supervisor will oversee every detail of the project. 

Your mountain cottage will include HardiePlank TM cementitious siding with ColorPlus Technology, Pella windows and doors that carry a limited lifetime warranty, an energy-efficient gas tankless water heater, a concrete driveway, and AT&T fiberoptic cable.  You’ll have a Carrier air-to-air heat pump system, which is ideal for our year-round mild weather.  The insulation package features R-13 or R-19 for exterior living space walls and R-38 blown-in for the attic space.  And you’ll have a wealth of décor options to reflect your personal style.

The NC mountain homes at the Coves Mountain River Club draw people from all over the country to surround themselves with the natural beauty of our Blue Ridge foothills. There’s so much to do here, with boundless outdoor adventures, intriguing local culture and special events that celebrate the area’s rich history.

Come take a look at the new mountain view cottages under construction.

Call 828.754.0700 now!

Tags: Home Building | Lenoir

Exciting Day Adventures All Around The Coves

things to do in Blowing Rock NC

Those of us who live in the mountain towns in North Carolina understand the simple beauty of exploring the wilderness—whether taking advantage of a scenic hike enhanced by blowing rock elevation, rushing down one of the many fast-flowing rivers, or searching for a hidden waterfall…these are just a few of the obvious reasons Blowing Rock real estate is increasingly popular. 

There’s nothing that rivals a little natural adrenal rush in the great outdoors.  No matter what gets your heart beating fast or provides you will a little jolt—white water rafting, mountain biking, caving, or zip lines—this region in western NC is where you will find it all.  No wonder National Geographic Adventurer named NC as #1 Vacation with a Splash!

Here are a few top outdoor adventure outfits to suit your adrenaline fancy:

• High Mountain Expeditions–located in Banner Elk, Boone, and Asheville NC

For more than 25 years, this popular outfit has been committed to safety; professional guides with CPR, First Aid, Swift Water Rescue, food handling and Leave No Trace to tend to the needs of your entire family.  Word of mouth and top quality are what makes HME so successful in the mountain towns in North Carolina.  What’s your pleasure—river or creek rafting, tubing, hiking or caving through tunnels and underground rivers?  HME has it all! For a slower pace, the HME New River tubing outpost is located only minutes from Boone, North Carolina.

The equipment at HME is up-to-date with safety in mind.  You will travel in style in their vehicles as you journey to the trail heads or river.  And, if you want to enjoy amazing culinary fare alongside your outdoor adventure, HME will not disappoint.  Their menu is chock full  of fresh and natural selections—meats, cheeses, breads, locally-grown produce and scrumptious homemade sweets.  This is a family friendly operation, with children from three to nine years of age permitted to take part in the adventures, and the menu will satisfy even the youngest and pickiest eaters.

• Edge of the World—located at 394 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Edge of the World is convenient to Asheville and Boone and is the place to have your whitewater, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and rappelling adventures!  This is a family-owned and operated tour company that’s been providing adventures to families for nearly four decades.  You will get the best value at Edge of the World, since they encourage free re-runs!  You get to re-run the rapids as many times as you want.  What’s more–they prepare home-cooked meals from April’s kitchen–fried chicken, honey-basted biscuits, trail mix and dessert alongside freshly-squeezed lemonade to quench your thirst.  Vegetarian menus are also available.  It’s obvious why TripAdvisor gave a 5-star rating to Edge of the World and the 2016, 2017, 2018 Excellence Award.

The most popular adventures made possible by blowing rock elevation and Edge of the World—white water rafting–$74—down the scenic Watauga River. “We’ve got everything covered from gear to professional whitewater guides to photos of your family to a real home cooked lunch, straight from April’s kitchen.”  And don’t forget rock climbing and rappelling–$129—to quicken your pulse.

• Northwest NC MTB Alliance, part of SORBA, the largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the southeastern US.

The commitment of this organization makes it possible to bike in the mountains and foothills of northwest North Carolina by promoting land access, preserving trails, as well as developing new ones.  No wonder the mountain communities of Boone, Hickory, Lenoir, Marion, Morganton, and Wilkesboro are so grateful.  Due to their hard work, we have more public lands and trails in this region than most places in the southeast.

Some of their amazing trails to explore:

–Grandfather District of Pisgah National Forest—over 192,000 acres—popular riding areas include Wilson Creek, Boone Fork, Woods Mountain and Old Fort.

–Kerr Scott Trails—a rollercoaster trail that runs between the Brushy Mountains and the Blue Ridge, historically tied to Daniel Boone, the Overmountain Men and moonshiners.

–Lake Hickory Trails (Hickory Springs Loop, Broyhill Trail, Skills Park and Rock n’ Road Pump Track) “With some punchy climbs and great views of the lake, you’ll earn your post ride beers!”  These trails are perfect for getting your heart rate up and keeping you on your toes both after work and on weekends.

–Lake James State Park—Tindo Loops, West Wimba Loop, East Wimba Loop.

–Riverbend Park—450 acres along Catawba River with 8 miles of trails.

–Rocky Knob Park—185-acre park with 9 miles of trail—some of the most scenic and unique sights and terrain; this park lives up to its name with scree, boulders and slabs of rock!

–Zacks Fork Mountain Bike Trail in Lenoir, only five minutes from Highway 321—perfect for all levels.

If soaring through the refreshing air of North Carolina is your thrill, zip line adventures abound.  This an exciting way to see the High Country. Zip lines are also known as eco tours since they allow folks to observe nature without harming flora, fauna or the wildlife. Here’s just a few zip lining outfits to put on your summer and fall list while you’re visiting the area looking for Blowing Rock real estate:

  • Hawksnest Ziplines; 2058 Skyland Drive; Seven Devils, NC 28604; 20 zip lines, 4 mega zips, 2 over 2000 feet, 2 over 1500 feet; 4 miles of zip line with heights over 200 ft and speeds up to 50mph.  This is the place to zip over trees, lakes and creeks while surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Relax on the spacious observation deck when your feet are back on the ground.
  • Sky Valley Zip Tours; 634 Sky Ranch Road, Blowing Rock, NC; 10 zip lines, cliff jump, swing bridge, 140 acres with a waterfall; max of 10 with 2 trained Zip Rangers take you on a 3-hour adventure; moonlit zip lining new this summer!
  • High Gravity Adventures Zip Line and Aerial Park; 215 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605; 75 ft. Blue Ridge Course tower with 70 plus elements, including climbing stations and rappelling stations; ninja ground course, 3-person giant swing, 2-hour zip line tour with a 70 ft. free fall.

Life at The Coves allows folks to grab a little excitement while also tending to their wellbeing and fitness. There’s just no better combination. The weather of the mountain towns in North Carolina, partly due to the Blowing Rock elevation, allows these exciting adventures to happen in both the summer and winter seasons. Locals love basking in the sunshine, breathing in that fresh clean air, and in the warmer seasons, paddling, swimming, and fishing in the most perfect and inviting water. 

While you’re exploring Blowing Rock real estate, be sure to put The Coves first on your list—you will find there’s no need to search any further. Share an adventure or two with friends and family, a little white water rafting on a crystal clear river that winds through the granite mountains,  or zip high over the pristine wilderness.

The Coves is more than a neighborhood. It’s a community of friends who appreciate the grandeur of its location in the foothills. Here families play together and care for one another in the good old fashioned way.

1.87 acre homesites begin in the high $30’s.

If you’ve wanted a sense of belonging, you will find it and more at The Coves Mountain River Club.

Come visit! Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

Tags: Blowing Rock | Hickory | Lenoir | Morganton

Blue Ridge Mountains Music Coming Labor Day Weekend

Bluegrass festivals in Western North Carolina

What we know as fiddling dates back to the eighteenth century in the British Isles, where the baroque violin and popular folk melodies came together to create an entirely new type of instrumental tune.  When people emigrated to settle in the Appalachians region of the United States, they brought their music with them.  And today’s folk fiddlers continue the tradition, composing and performing thousands of tunes that pay homage to those early models.

Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, fiddling was an important part of many events, including barn raisings, husking bees, weddings, shivarees, weddings, wakes and other functions.  And, of course, most of the community would turn out for each week’s Saturday night dance, an iconic feature of the rural South.

Today, the list of things to do in Blowing Rock NC, and other local communities includes opportunities to hear local and traveling artists play those old and new fiddle tunes that stir the spirit and get the toes a-tappin’.  And there’s no better time to do it than Labor Day Weekend, when the annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention comes to Lenoir and the music echoes through the mountains.

It’s three days of competition, performances and workshops, managed for the last fifteen years on a volunteer basis by a sub-committee of the Caldwell County Arts Council.  They’re committed to promoting our cultural heritage in a way that provides wholesome family activities and protects our community values.

The Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention is a non-profit event with low admission fees, and all funds beyond those necessary to ensure its continuation go to youth scholarships and music programs that preserve traditional bluegrass music, dance and instrument-making activities.

Historic Happy Valley is the popular name for the North Carolina mountain real estate comprising the Upper Yadkin River Valley in Caldwell and Wilkes counties, a fertile area that’s been cultivated since the 18th century.  Many farmers in the Valley today are descendants of these early families, and a significant amount of land bordering the river is still used for grazing cattle and cultivating corn and hay. 

Some residents continue occupations that are holdovers from earlier generations, such as training and working draft animals, cultivating “heritage” vegetables and fruits, and building old-style pole and log barns and outbuildings. In addition to its music traditions, Historic Happy Valley is home to quilters, woodworkers and other craft artists, painters, and storytellers. The Valley is also the location of 13 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including The Patterson School Historic District, which is one of only two rural historic districts in North Carolina.

Families who own mountain homes near Asheville have myriad opportunities to immerse themselves in our area’s rich history.  In fact, for many that’s one of the main things that brought them here to live. 

We at The Coves Mountain River Club know the value of having so much of our heritage nearby to study and enjoy.  Whether it’s looking for things to do in Blowing Rock NC or exploring mountain trails or enjoying our wonderful parks and waterways, you’re always aware and respectful of the fact that thousands of earlier settlers walked the same paths and called the Blue Ridge foothills home.  

Quality North Carolina mountain real estate developments such as our respect the land and its heritage, while offering all of the features, amenities and comforts of modern life.

While you’re touring mountain homes near Asheville, we invite you to come to Lenoir and let us show you around our property.  We’re situated on five miles of beautiful Johns River waterfront near Wilson Creek and Pisgah National Forest. Our amenities include a mountaintop lodge with an infinity-view swimming pool, award winning hiking trails, two community gardens and more.

Call us now at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit!

Tags: Blowing Rock | Festivals