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Outdoor Adventures

The mountains of Western North Carolina are an ideal outdoor travel destination

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, outdoor tours and experiencing the highest mountain 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.

  • Hiking Trails

    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.
  • Great Smoky Mountains

    Chartered by Congress in 1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the U.S. Learn more history and find directions to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park here.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular sections of the National Park System. Named 'America's Favorite Drive,' the 469-mile scenic road celebrated its 75-year anniversary in 2010.
  • Zip Line Canopy Tours

    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.
  • Scenic Drives

    There's always something around the bend with these scenic drives throughout the Asheville area.
  • Wildlife

    The mountains surrounding the Asheville area are home to one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Countless species of plants and wildlife can be found on mountaintop ridges, along the trails and even in urban settings.
  • Horseback Riding

    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.
  • Water Adventures

    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.
  • Parks

    Explore Asheville's parks, trails and recreation spots with this area map.
  • Stargazing

    There's nothing quite so spell-binding as looking up into a starry sky filled with constellations, distant planets and a golden moon. As a small city, Asheville produces minimal light pollution so you can easily make your move from the excitement of downtown to ponder starry skies in the mountains.
  • Biking

    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.
  • Golf Vacations

    Golfers rave about the Asheville area's magnificent mountains: their scenic beauty, temperate year-round weather and lush fairways. Here is a guide to golf vacations in Western North Carolina.

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Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours

  • 10320 US 19 W
  • Bryson City, NC 28713

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

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.

Altamont Anglers Fly Fishing Guides

  • 30 Caledonia Road
  • Asheville, NC 28803
  • Phone: (828) 698-5250
  • Region: South

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

  • 21 Cherry Ridge Road
  • Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
  • Phone: 828-553-6323

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

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

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