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This 70-foot waterfall near Asheville cascades across an overhanging cliff, creating a rare treat of walking behind the ribbon falls. While the water flow is usually on the low side (except after a big rain), it's a beautiful setting and an easy hike in the Big Ivy area of Pisgah National Forest about 33 miles from downtown Asheville in northern Buncombe County. The last 9 miles are winding scenic drive through the forest with 10 roadside cascades along the way, including Walker Falls.

Since this remote road goes up to 4,300 feet elevation, sections of the road are usually closed in the winter months (December-March). There's a gate at the beginning of FS (Forest Service) Road 74 and another about a mile before the end. The unpaved one-lane road (with two way traffic) is well maintained, so you don't need a truck or four-wheel drive. It's one of our favorite "car hikes" for folks who want to experience our lush forests and cascades but are not able to hike. While the 8.9-mile road is narrow as it hugs the ridge, you don't have to worry about meeting a lot of oncoming traffic.

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