Gorges State Park

Get away from it all by exploring the breathtaking waterfalls, miles of hiking trails, and sheer rock walls that shape the geography of this incredible park.

Hiking Trails in Other Parks

  • Wildflowers on Oconaluftee River Trail
    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

  • Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall
    by Jason Tarr

    As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. Given Asheville's climate and the variety of elevations nearby, Asheville enjoys one of the longest and most … read more

  • Picnic Story: Mount Mitchell
    by Danny Bernstein

    Visitors to  Mount Mitchell State Park  can walk in the footsteps of Elisha Mitchell himself, the man credited with discovering the highest peak in the east. This area of the Black Mountains would have been quite wild during Mitchell's … read more

  • Lunch Rocks View 1
    by Danny Bernstein

    This section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) leads from the  Folk Art Center  to a beautiful view of the Haw Creek valley at Lunch Rocks. After your hike, be sure to stop into the Folk Art Center to discover art and handicrafts made by … read more

  • Mount Pisgah Hike: Story Only
    by Danny Bernstein

    On a clear day, Mount Pisgah 's 5,721-foot summit can easily be seen from downtown Asheville . Likewise, after a steep climb through hardwood forest, Asheville is clearly visible 16 miles away.   Mt. Pisgah is like the Eiffel tower, … read more

  • Hard Times Loop Hike
    by Danny Bernstein

    This gentle trail takes hikers through Bent Creek Experimental Forest and the  North Carolina Arboretum , with great views of mountain ridges and Lake Powhatan, as well as a glimpse of the magnificent  Biltmore House . From the trailhead, … read more