Best Hiking Trails Near Asheville

Start Your Hiking Journey in the mountains of Western North Carolina

Experience the beauty of nature in mountains older than the North American continent. Nestled in the Pisgah National Forest, Asheville offers easy access to unlimited transcendental experiences in the natural world. Listen to the chatter of birds as you relish endless views from the highest ridgelines this side of the Mississippi River. Soak up the sounds and smells of dense life-filled forests, find waterfalls and wade in shallow rivers.

View a map of suggested hiking trails in Western North Carolina below, or click the links to the left to view each hiking trail individually

A list of hiking-related attractions to help guide you on your way

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All About Outdoors

  • 178 S. Catawba Avenue
  • Old Fort, NC 28762
  • Phone: 828-668-5119

We're looking forward to serving outdoor enthusiasts with our selection of mountain bikes, fishing gear and high-tech GPS electronic safety devices.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Office
  • 160-A Zillicoa Street
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Region: Downtown

Approximately 300 miles of this Maine-to-Georgia primitive hiking trail spans North Carolina. Voted most popular outdoor destination by Blue Ridge Outdoors and favorite long distance trail by Backpacker Magazine. …more


  • One Lodge Street
  • Asheville, NC 28803
  • Phone: (828) 225-1333
  • Region: South

Discover the wonders of Biltmore™ in Asheville. Begin with the breathtaking beauty of 250-room Biltmore House — America's largest home® — and century-old gardens. Explore the 8,000-acre backyard through a variety of activities from horseback riding …more

Blue Ridge Hiking Co.

  • 15 Hildebrand Street
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: (828) 713-5451
  • Region: Downtown

Founded in 2005 by Jennifer Pharr Davis, Blue Ridge Hiking Co is committed to getting people outdoors on their own terms. By providing custom trips and individualized itineraries, our company creates trips for the backpacking novice or the group that …more

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

  • 195 Hemphill Knob Road
  • Asheville, NC 28803
  • Phone: (828) 298-5330

A National Heritage Area is something to treasure, and Asheville is in the heart of one of the most beautiful in the country, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. In designating the 25 westernmost counties and Qualla Boundary in North Carolina as …more

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