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

  • 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. In the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina, fall color experts are forecasting a longer-than-usual fall … 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, probably … 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

  • Big Butt Trail
    by Danny Bernstein

    Two trails start at Walker Knob Overlook. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail with its characteristic white circles starts from the middle of the parking area. This hike on the Big Butt Trail goes up from the left side, in back of a wooden sign which … read more