Great Outdoors

Scenic vistas, stunning waterfalls, and fresh mountain air are perfect ingredients for outdoor adventures near Asheville, N.C. Discover the trails, rivers and wildlife of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounds Asheville, North Carolina, and there's no better way to experience the majesty of the mountains than outdoor adventure. With more than a million acres of protected wilderness, there are plenty of places to hike, bike, fish and paddle.

Choose hiking trails that lead to mountaintops or favorite waterfalls. Enjoy mountain biking along secluded backcountry trails, fishing in cool mountain streams or kayaking along the French Broad River. Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see native wildflowers or to visit Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi River. Plan your vacation to discover all the outside things to do near Asheville.

Explore the Great Outdoors

Sliding Rock Natural Waterslide

by Jason Tarr

Feel the rush of sliding down a 60-foot all-natural water slide in the heart of gorgeous Pisgah National Forest! The appropriately named Sliding Rock is an experience unlike any other and it’s one of the most exciting ways to cool off in the … read more

Asheville's Wildflower Bloom Schedule

by Asheville Insider

Spring in the Mountains is a Pastel Paradise The landscape of the southern Appalachians, the oldest mountains in the world, is rich in biodiversity, offering you an opportunity to discover flora not found anywhere else in the world. In Asheville, … read more

Thrills for Everyone: A Zipline Guide to Asheville

by Shayla Martin

Find Your Perfect Zipline Tour in Asheville Take in the sites of Asheville from a new perspective – by soaring hundreds of feet above the ground. From strictly tree-based courses to courses fit for little ones, here’s a guide to the … read more

Scenic Drives for Any Season

by Asheville Insider

There’s Always Something Around the Bend in Asheville You don’t have to travel far from Asheville to become immersed in natural beauty. The topography of the Blue Ridge Mountains lends itself to some of the best scenic drives and … read more

Get Hooked on Guided Fishing Expeditions

by Nan Chase

Trout, smallmouth bass, and great scenery abound The phrase “gone fishing” typically means goofing off, avoiding responsibility, or just dozing in the shade. Not so for a dedicated group of Asheville-based outdoor guides. For these … read more

8 Places to Bird Watch in Asheville, N.C.

by Asheville Insider

Bring your binoculars to these birding havens Whether you’re a casual bird watcher or you’re collecting sightings for your Life List, this is a birder’s paradise. Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Great Blue Herons, and Pileated … read more

The Most Popular Mountain Biking in WNC

by Pat Barcas

Everything from urban riding to deep wilderness, we tell you where to go An experimental forest and some trails that are slick Asheville is quickly becoming a mecca for mountain bikers throughout the entire country who want to experience the deep, … read more

An Evening with the Elk

by Mark File

Pack a Picnic for Cataloochee Valley 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 … read more

10 Waterfalls You Want to Find Now

by Mark File

Waterfalls for All Occasions 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. … read more

Climb, Soar and Paddle Around Asheville With a Little Help from Local Guides

by Leigh Ann Henion

Expand Your Comfort Zone With Asheville’s Professional Adventurers Adventure can be intimidating. Asheville guides understand. They're here to help you scale cliffs, navigate rapids, seek out the hard-to-find, scenic waterfalls that … read more