The Best of North Carolina's Scenic Waterfalls
October 19 – 24, 2025
The Blue Ridge Mountains are home to an astonishing number of waterfalls and the greatest variety of trees found anywhere in America. This incredible biodiversity means that fall brings an explosion of color in various shades that is hard to rival anywhere else in the country. During this workshop, we’ll explore iconic locations and hidden gems during the peak for fall colors, with dense mountain fog frequently rolling over the hills.
We will be based out of gorgeous Asheville, North Carolina, which grants us central access to the surrounding region in all directions. This is an immersive workshop, and we will get up close with many of these waterfalls to create powerful compositions while also focusing on the small details to reveal the location’s unique character. Be sure to bring your filters because we’ll be practicing our long-exposure skills to create silky-smooth images of the waterfalls. All of these skills from the field will come together in the classroom when we cover the special editing techniques that go into creating a masterful waterfall image.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
October 19, 2025: Arrive today in Asheville, North Carolina, by 4:00 PM and transfer to our hotel in Little Switzerland. We’ll enjoy a nice dinner and an orientation session to discuss waterfall shooting techniques.
October 20, 2025: We will depart early to catch the sunrise at one of our favorite vistas overlooking the iconic rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a short uphill hike but well worth the reward! We will head to a lesser-known hidden gem waterfall in the afternoon before returning to our hotel for dinner and a sweeping sunset view.
October 21, 2025: We will start early in the morning and head to the breathtaking multi-terraced Catawba Falls, which features various compositions to explore. This is one of our all-time favorite locations in the fall, and you will understand why the moment you see it. Plan to spend several hours exploring this location’s limitless compositions!
In the afternoon, we will head to another beautiful hidden waterfall before catching the sunset with a view on our way back to the hotel.
October 22, 2025: We will depart early for one of the best sunrise views in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The off-roading to reach this location ensures that we will likely have this sweeping vista all to ourselves! Following sunrise, we will return to the hotel to pack and change locations to Brevard to have easier access to other waterfalls. After checking into our hotel, we will depart to a tiny roadside treasure that you won’t believe is hidden in plain sight. If the conditions are right, we will catch a sunset reflection over a small lake before returning to our hotel.
October 23, 2025: After sunrise, with an unbelievable view, we will head to a jaw-dropping waterfall where we have secured private entry to have it all to ourselves. This location is perfect for exploring grand and small scenes alike. Depending on the conditions, we may visit another waterfall or hunt for sunset views over the rolling hills in the afternoon.
October 24, 2025: We will shoot sunrise in the Pisgah National Forest and hopefully catch some gorgeous fog in the valley before heading to our final waterfall scene. This short morning hike has a unique feature that makes it a fun shooting location.
Check out of our hotel and transfer to the Ashville airport for flights after 2:00 PM.
Moderate: You must be able to hike on possibly slippery and uneven trails, up to 1.5 miles each way, with totals of 3-4 miles a day.
Arrive Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), Asheville, North Carolina before 4:00 PM on October 19, 2025. Flights out can be made after 2:00 PM on October 24, 2025. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $800 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
- All permits and park fees.
- All transportation during the workshop.
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides.
- Multiple image reviews and post-processing sessions.
- Naturalist lectures and presentations on board.
- English-speaking local guide throughout the workshop.
- Travel to and from Asheville, North Carolina.
- Unscheduled airport transfers.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $800 supplement.
“Talor was very knowledgable and the critiques were awesome. Talor Stone is a great workshop leader. Really made the workshop fun. Would gladly take another workshop with her as the leader. ”
“Talor was a wonderful guide and instructor. She was always professional. I was really impressed with how she kept an eye on each of us and made sure we were safe while getting some really wonderful shots of the various falls. Her knowledge of the biodiversity of western North Carolina was impressive and showed that she does her homework on an area prior to the workshop. ”