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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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 Company

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

Blue Ridge Hiking Company believes that the trail is there for everyone at every phase of life. Our mission is to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable! We offer half and full day hikes near Asheville, as well as custom multi-day trips or …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

Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters

  • Milepost 384
  • Asheville, NC 28803
  • Phone: (828) 298-0398
  • Region: South

Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular units of the National Park System. "America's Favorite Drive" winds its way 469 miles through mountain meadows and past seemingly endless vistas. …more

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