A short hike at the top of Big Ivy to a narrow and near-vertical, 70-foot waterfall.


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Douglas Falls is a stunning 70-foot waterfall at the very top of Big Ivy Road, made even better thanks to the numerous roadside waterfalls you'll encounter on your drive up.

Camping and bouldering/rock climbing are abundant along the unpaved drive there, and "while the water flow is usually on the low side, it's a beautiful setting and an easy hike" about 45-minutes from Asheville.

The spring and summer wildflowers, especially the rhododendron and mountain laurel seen throughout the area, are fantastic. Douglas Falls can be accessed from the top of Big Ivy Road (seen here), or from the Blue Ridge Parkway near Craggy Gardens Visitor Center.

From the BRP, the trail is a steep and lengthy downhill to the falls, as compared to the easy short ~1-mile round-trip seen here from the bottom. The road to the top is about 9-miles long and unpaved, though a 2WD vehicle with moderate clearance can make it without issue.

Neither water nor restrooms are available, and the trailhead is nothing more than a turnaround where the road ends. For any mountain bikers out there, Big Ivy is home to two screaming awesome downhills, [Walker Creek](https://fatmap.com/routeid/134876/) and [Staire Creek](https://fatmap.com/routeid/134875/).

[Big Ivy Road](https://fatmap.com/routeid/2718280/) is also an excellent ride on a gravel bike, or alternative to the trails after rain or snow.

It's also closed to vehicles through winter, making it a nice car-free ride to the top.