Hiking

Whether you’re a day-hiker or a thru-hiker, answer the call of the Blue Ridge Mountains along one of hundreds of favorite hiking trails close to Asheville, N.C.

Hiking near Asheville, North Carolina, offers many different perspectives on the surrounding mountains. From summit hikes with stunning views to hiking trails alongside impressive waterfalls, and from paths lined with mountain wildflowers to favorite day hikes for families, there's an Asheville hike for almost everyone!

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Discover Asheville's Top Hiking Trails

Asheville Hiking Guide: The Trail Starts Here

by Joanne O'Sullivan

Choose Your Own Adventure Thousands of miles of trails twist, meander, dip and climb through the peaks and valleys around Asheville. In this world-class hiking destination, you can take your pick from peaceful hikes along mountain streams and … read more

Best Spring Hikes in Asheville, N.C.

by Jason Tarr

As the mountains green up with the coming of spring, the new season also brings a burst of color to the trails in and around Asheville. Hundreds of types of wildflowers line the paths that lead to stunning vistas and thundering waterfalls. These … 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

5 Great Winter Hikes Near Asheville

by Mark File

Warm Up On These Top Winter Hiking Trails Taking a winter hike offers many rewards! First of all, you’ll appreciate the refreshing temperatures as you climb a mountainside. Often, you’ll have the trail all to yourself since there are … read more

Great Ideas for First Time Hikers

by Melba Newsome

Take the Easy Path to Mountain Beauty Asheville is an outdoor lover’s paradise, in large measure because of its many scenic hiking trails. Enthusiasts come from far and wide to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, you don’t have … 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

A Day Trip to DuPont

by Melissa Stanz

“Hunger Games” setting offers amazing waterfalls, lakes, and trails Less than an hour’s drive south of Asheville between Hendersonville and Brevard, drop-dead gorgeous DuPont State Recreational Forest is a wonderful day trip if … read more

Super Scenic Picnics with 360-Degree Views

by Mark File

Pair Your Picnic With Delicious Vistas Feed your eyes with spectacular views and your ears with serene sounds of nature with an al fresco meal that you will never forget. Before you head out for a picnic, pick up some seasonal goodies at a tailgate … read more