What can I do here in the winter

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Take a Hike

One advantage of winter hikes? You can see everything. The subtle contour of the mountains. Long range views of neighboring states. And the ever-present green of our mountain rhododendron. In short, winter hikes are a favorite winter time activity in these parts. Hikes to John Rock and Looking Glass Rock are perennial favorites.

A Deep Freeze

Typically, we get several hard freezes every winter. The result is one of the most dazzling sights you’ll ever behold: frozen waterfalls. Looking Glass Falls is one of the most easily accessible (on US 276), but there are plenty more options if you’re willing to take a short hike. Smaller waterfalls tend to freeze more frequently, so it’s worth the effort to check out places like Moore Cove Falls in Pisgah and Wintergreen Falls in DuPont. Learn when conditions are right for this winter wonder phenomenon.

Waterfalls are incredible during the summer and offer great opportunities for pictures. However, the winter brings a completely different type of look and feel to the waterfalls found near Brevard, NC. Some of the most spectacular waterfall photography is taken in the winter months when the trees are leafless and the views are clear. Also the waterfalls can freeze over in cold weather spells, making for a unique and breathtaking experience!


Wintry weather can also be a surprising gift when it comes to the Blue Ridge Parkway. During these times, the US Park Service will close the road to motorized traffic — and open the doors to some marvelous outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and ice climbing on what is ordinarily known as American’s favorite drive. The Blue Ridge Parkway website has the most up-to-date information on road closings.

Sunsets and Sunrises

While the waterfalls alone are enough for a great photograph, you won’t want to miss out on the incredible sunsets and sunrises during the winter. This season of the year may be the absolute best for viewing the sunsets and sunrises.

The main reason the sunsets and sunrises are so amazing in the winter has to do with the crisp, clear air. During the summer, the air circulation is more sluggish, which causes a haze and keeps the sunset and sunrise from becoming as vivid as they are in the winter. The winter season offers a clear and cold air at the dawn and twilight hours, which causes the more vibrant colors.

In addition, the Brevard area isn’t nearly as crowded during the winter, which makes for a peaceful time to enjoy the sunrise and sunset.

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