Whether you’re a day-hiker or a thru-hiker, answer the call of the wild along one of hundreds of hiking trails across the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

10 Waterfalls You Want to Find Now

by Mark File

With hundreds of beautiful cascades near Asheville, where do you begin? Here’s a quick sampler to get you started. These 10 locations represent a diverse range of options, so there’s something for everyone. Tallest: Upper Whitewater Falls Walk a … read more

5 Great Hikes to Warm Up Your Winter

by Mark File

Taking a winter hike offers many rewards! First of all, you’ll appreciate the refreshing temperatures as you climb a mountainside. Often, you’ll have the trail all to yourself since there are fewer fellow hikers. In addition, see the best views of … read more

6 Drive-By Waterfalls: A Windshield Tour for All to Enjoy

by Mark File

The Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Asheville are home to thousands of beautiful cascades . While most are in remote areas or require a hike to see, here are half a dozen waterfalls that you can easily enjoy from the road. And they are all free to … read more

A Day Trip to DuPont

by Melissa Stanz

Less than an hour’s drive south of Asheville between Hendersonville and Brevard, drop-dead gorgeous DuPont State Recreational Forest is a wonderful day trip if you enjoy waterfalls, easy trail access, and beautiful scenery—and who doesn’t? Some 84 … read more

An Eden Still Unspoiled

by Janet Moore

There was drama in the mountains of Western North Carolina back in the 1920s and 1930s, and it had nothing to do with prohibition and moonshine. One need only read Serena , Ron Rash’s riveting novel set in the region’s rich timber country (or see the … read more

An Evening with the Elk

by Mark File

A quick trip to the gorgeous Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains offers big rewards. The biggest is getting a close-up view of the majestic elk that weigh up to 900 pounds, making them the largest animals in the park. The large meadows by … read more

Asheville Hiking Guide: The Trail Starts Here

by Joanne O'Sullivan

Thousands of miles of trails twist, meander, dip and climb through the peaks and valleys around Asheville. In this world-class hiking destination, you can take your pick from peaceful hikes along mountain streams and technical scrambles up steep … read more

Doing Pisgah Perfectly

by Mark File

The Pisgah National Forest is home to mile-high peaks, countless waterfalls, rushing rivers, endless trails and rich forests covering a mind-boggling half million acres. This vast preserve reaches north and west of Asheville and includes the first … read more

Going "Wild" in Asheville on the Appalachian Trail

by Lindsey Grossman

Asheville is very fortunate to have the Appalachian Trail -- a 2,200-mile route that runs from Maine to Georgia -- go right through our backyard. Some people summit Kilimanjaro for a cathartic one-with-nature (or man vs. nature) experience; some hike … read more

Great Ideas for First Time Hikers

by Melba Newsome

Asheville is an outdoor lover’s paradise, in large measure because of its many scenic hiking trails. Enthusiasts come from far and wide to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy what nature has to … read more