An easily overlooked spot in Highlands, NC - The Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge at the Bascom Art Center makes a great stop on your motorcycle ride to see the waterfalls.

Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge at the Bascom Art Center
Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge at the Bascom Art Center

 

 

We've ridden past this roadside attraction for years yet it never registered as a place to stop on our motorcycle rides to see the fabulous waterfalls in the Cullasaja River Gorge. I suppose it's because I'm so eager to get out of the congestion in Highlands, NC. The roads surrounding the upscale town are outstanding but traffic crawls through the popular picturesque community. Reaching the edge of town the twists and turns ahead are so tempting yet a stop at the Bascom is time well spent and adds to the ride.

 

Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge - Highlands, NC
Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge - Highlands, NC

 

Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge - the lattice
Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge - the lattice

 

Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge - History
Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge - History



As you head west from Highlands towards the Cullasja Gorge to see the 4 big roadside waterfalls on NC 28 / US 64 you'll find the Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge on the right. The road it covers leads to the Bascom Art Center, a collection of historic restored horse farm buildings which house the art and museum. It's a one-way ride entering through the bridge, a short paved road loops you back to US 64 from the parking area at the museum.

 

Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge - from the road
Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge - from the road


 

Bascom Art Center - Highlands, NC
Bascom Art Center - Highlands, NC

 

Bascom Art Center
Bascom Art Center

 

Bascom Art Center
Bascom Art Center

 

Bascom Art Center
Bascom Art Center

 

The covered bridge is exquisite, worth the stop to see. It's not original, the timbers were brought from New Hampshire then reconstructed at the site from a bridge dating from 1807. The beams are secured with hammered wooden pegs, it's truly a work of lost craftsmanship. You'll find an appreciation for historic preservation throughout the Bascom Art Center in the barns and stables now hosting the artists and their work.

 

Bascom Art Center - Pottery
Bascom Art Center - Pottery


 

Bascom Art Center - Taking some home
Bascom Art Center - Taking some home


 

Bascom Art Center - Gallery
Bascom Art Center - Gallery

 

Bascom Art Center - Gallery
Bascom Art Center - Gallery

 

The Bascom Art Center is worth the time for a visit. You'll find artists in residence producing  beautiful pottery and crafts and a gift shop if any catch your eye. The three story museum in the largest building features collections from historic South Carolina, Japanese calligraphy, woodworks, and other eclectic exhibits. A short walking trail loops from the gallery through the grounds.

 

Bascom Art Center - exhibits
Bascom Art Center - exhibits

 

Bascom Art Center - exhibits
Bascom Art Center - exhibits

 

Bascom Art Center - Exhibits
Bascom Art Center - Exhibits

 

Bascom Art Center - Exhibits
Bascom Art Center - Exhibits

 

Bascom Art Center - Exhibits
Bascom Art Center - Exhibits

    

The Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge & Bascom Art Center make a nice addition to your waterfall ride passing through Highlands, NC. Be it a quick stop to snap some photos or a more extended visit to the art center, this is a nice scenic addition to your motorcycle adventures. Explore the map below to discover more and download a GPS track of the loop ride.

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The Easy Waterfall Ride

The Easy Waterfall Ride

This is a nice 165 mile loop ride that will take you to a dozen roadside waterfalls in a day. I suggest you run it counter-clockwise as the section between Franklin and Highlands can get busy later in the day and you'll get the 4 lane riding out of the way early. You'll ride some very curvy roads, hit some nice scenery, and take in one section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Bring the camera!

 


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