This area is awesome! I lived nearby for a summer and have returned at least every other year since. I start in Brevard and just drive. Stop at Raccoon Tree for a picnic and to wade in the river. Davison River Campground is a great place to stay. Looking Glass Falls is the most photographed east of the Mississippi, and for very good reason. I have to stop, wade in the river, wander down stream, swim a bit on a really hot day. Moores Cove Falls is next, about a mile hike but a great walk and really wonderful scenery. Be on the look-out for snakes and give them their space. Sliding Rock is awesome. It has become a fee area, but still worth the stop. Go on up to Mt. Pisgah - great views. Take the Blue Ridge Parkway and wander down to Graveyard Fields. It's just a wonderful spot for vacation, all around.