Moderate Trails

Longer trails and steady climbs define these hikes, requiring some skill and endurance to complete. Moderate hikes could range anywhere from a few to ten miles with an elevation gain up to 2,000 feet. If you plan to go the distance, take along water and trail snacks to keep a high level of energy.

Bearwallow Mountain Trail

by Joanne O'Sullivan

Panoramic views make this the perfect picnic hike Pack a lunch and pile in the car: Bearwallow Mountain is the perfect picnic hike from Asheville, close enough so that you can be back to town in time for other afternoon activities. With two trail … read more

Biltmore Estate Trails

by Joanne O'Sullivan

A legendary landscape, a variety of hikes With 8,000 acres of nearly intact Western North Carolina landscape, the grounds at Biltmore are equally as grand as the famed house. The roughly 22 miles of trails here run through meadows with stunning views … read more

Cold Mountain Trails

by Joanne O'Sullivan

A storied peak for ambitious hikers Local author Charles Frazier made this 6030-foot-high peak in the Great Balsams famous with his 1997 novel of the same name. The 2000 movie version won the hearts of even more fans. Hikers love it too, but … read more

Craggy Pinnacle Trail

by Joanne O'Sullivan

Peak views here are postcard-perfect A short, easy-to-access hike through a rhododendron thicket brings you to the pinnacle and 360˚views, glorious sunsets or morning mist on the mountains. This close-to-Asheville hike includes a sampler of … read more

Craven Gap Trail

by Joanne O'Sullivan

A perfect point of departure from the Parkway With thousands of acres of wilderness close to Asheville, where do you start to explore? For an introduction to the splendor of mountain scenery, try Craven Gap off the Blue Ridge Parkway, just 15 minutes … read more

Daniel Ridge Loop Trail

by Joanne O'Sullivan

Mountain streams and mountain bikes With so many waterfalls in the Brevard area, Daniel Ridge Falls (a 150-foot cascade on Lanning Branch that’s also called Tom Spring Falls and less frequently, Jackson Falls) is often overlooked. Take … read more

Glassy Mountain Trail at the Carl Sandburg Home

by Joanne O'Sullivan

Poetic mountain views at a National Historic Site Carl Sandburg, “the People’s Poet” bought his historic home Connemara in 1945. After he died, his wife donated the property to the National Park Service and now this 267-acre … read more

Graveyard Fields Loop Trail

by Joanne O'Sullivan

One of Asheville’s favorite hikes, with something for everyone Waterfalls, rhododendron, fall color, summer blueberry picking and high-elevation meadows and forests: there’s a reason just about everyone who hikes near Asheville has been … read more

Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls Hike

by Joanne O'Sullivan

One hike, three of the region’s best waterfalls Dupont State Forest is the best place to discover why Brevard and Transylvania County is called “The Land of the Waterfalls.” Get a sampler of some of the area’s wonderful … read more

John Rock Trail

by Joanne O'Sullivan

A classic Pisgah hike, plus a simple nature trail for kids Pisgah National Forest is a world-class hiking destination. Among the 400+ miles of trails in the Pisgah Ranger District (there are two other districts in the 500,000-acre forest, too), the … read more