Outdoor recreation and outdoor adventures are seemingly endless in the Western North Carolina mountains, the outdoor playground of the Southeast. Acclaimed by numerous magazines as a top outdoor adventure destination, visitors enjoy whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking and experiencing the highest peaks in the entire Eastern U.S.
What adventure seekers will find in the Asheville area: natural waterslides, rollercoaster-like mountain bike trails, and stunning vistas that will take your breath away faster than a Ferris wheel. Whether you're into extreme sports or soft adventure, the mountains surrounding Asheville offer endless adventures. Outside magazine consistently ranks Asheville among its top destinations for outdoor recreation and adventures.
Asheville is the perfect place to home base your next hiking adventure. Hiking trails in the Asheville area are great for all hiking experience levels, and all boast amazing views and mountain scenery.Click for more information.
There are so many ways to explore the WNC mountains. On land you can hike or bike. In the water you can raft or swim. How can you explore the mountain forests by air? With a zip line of course! Harness yourself to an exciting adventure and glide through the canopy like a bird.Click for more information.
There's always something around the bend with these scenic drives throughout the Asheville area.Click for more information.
Looking for an authentic taste of Western North Carolina? Check out Asheville-area tailgate markets. Explore stalls of fresh fruits, vegetables and locally produced food. It's a unique and fun way to support sustainable agriculture, community farmers, and the local farm-to-table movement.Click for more information.
Water adventures in the Asheville area range wildly from whitewater rafting to a unique natural waterslide in nearby Transylvania County. Explorers can also expect to find fun swimming holes and beautiful waterfalls. Western North Carolina is perfect for explorers who don't mind getting wet.Click for more information.
Explore Asheville's parks, trails and recreation spots with this area map.Click for more information.
The mountains of Western North Carolina offer exciting challenges to bikers of every level. Whether you want to quietly pedal along the lanes of our small towns or take your mountain bike over a challenging trail through the Pisgah Mountains, our varied terrain makes it an excellent place to bike.Click for more information.
Asheville's glow can easily be escaped with a short drive into the surrounding mountains. With over 50 named peaks above 6,000 feet, Western North Carolina reigns for those who seek higher elevation.Click for more information.
Asheville area businesses have plenty to offer horsemen and horsewomen of any skill level. Check these spots for a variety of excursions, horse rentals, trail rides, tack supplies and other services, amenities and events. Be sure to make advance reservations when planning any guided trips.Click for more information.
Come out to experience Western North Carolina's great adventure of flight lead by the most experienced adventure outfitter in the south, Wildwater and Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tour's. Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures is their newest and …more
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With seventeen-plus years in the fly fishing guide business in Asheville, Altamont Anglers' experienced staff guide fishing enthusiasts to the finest trout and smallmouth bass fishing found in the Blue Ridge Mountains. …more
Appalachian Mountain Institute provides you with a fun and exciting outdoor adventure on the cliffs of North Carolina. AMI climbing guides are happy to work with beginning climbers and advanced climbers to provide you with a unique rock climbing …more
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