Waterfall Rappelling: Chasing Cascades Near Asheville, NC

Epic waterfall rappelling descent with French Broad Adventures in Western North Carolina national forest near Asheville in autumn.

Waterfall hunting is a lot more fun when you get IN the falls. So get out the rope and belay equipment and join French Broad Adventures on a waterfall rappelling adventure in the national forests surrounding Asheville, North Carolina.

Waterfall rappelling is an adrenaline-packed highlight of French Broad Adventures canyoning expeditions and is available from March through October.


Canyoneering participant rappels a waterfall in Pisgah National Forest.
Epic descent through heavy flow spring water during waterfall rappelling trip in Pisgah National Forest.

The Best Waterfall Rappels on the East Coast

While North Carolina may not be the first state that comes to mind when thinking about rappelling, the mountains in Western North Carolina are home to hundreds of waterfalls. Plus, the Blue Ridge Mountains host the tallest peaks east of the Mississippi, which means you’ll see waterfalls as tall as 800 feet.

The mountain heights, vast wilderness areas, and abundant water make Western North Carolina the best waterfall rappelling destination on the East Coast.

Waterfall canyoning on a beautiful fall morning.

Skills Required

Waterfall rappelling requires a decent amount of physical and mental effort. For FBA waterfall canyoning trips we require participants to be at least 12 years old, be comfortable with heights, and be able to hike three miles with relative ease.

FBA expert guides provide all necessary equipment and rappelling training. Plus, we are very familiar with Asheville area forests and terrain throughout the seasons, so you can be assured we can anticipate any potential hazards.

A sense of adventure is highly encouraged! We’re also happy to provide cheerleading when necessary. You CAN do this!

On-site belay instruction from French Broad Adventures Canyoning Guide.
Women's group posing at the base of the falls.