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Looking Glass Rock with wildflowers

Asheville's Wildflower Bloom Schedule

The landscape of the southern Appalachians is rich in biodiversity, offering you an opportunity to discover flora not found anywhere else in the world. In Asheville, showy native wildflowers bloom with the arrival of spring and progress throughout the year, making Asheville one of the longest wildflower bloom seasons in the country. Check out Asheville’s wildflower bloom schedule below

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Chicken Alley Stroll

The Asheville Art Scene’s Open Door Policy

Plan Your Asheville Art Adventure Asheville is where creative types go to find their mojo. It’s where they not only stand out but fit right in. You will discover art in this community is woven into every neighborhood, brushed across every building. Alleyways, water towers and underpasses are our canvasses. Glass blowers, potters and wood carvers are the characters who illustrate our story.

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Light rays stream through a tree along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC

36 Free Ways to Explore Asheville

A great adventure in Asheville doesn't have to break the bank. As you explore the Biltmore, dine at award-winning restaurants, and shop at great local boutiques, add in these favorite things to do for extra fun free of charge. The Outdoors Lace up your boots or pack the car for a free outdoor adventure in the beautiful mountains and forests surrounding Asheville.  Hiking – Pick

Summer Camp Trailer Still

Where the Summer Camp stars visited in Asheville

“Oh my God, it’s Diane Keaton!” Those words were heard around Asheville in 2023, as the Academy Award-winning actress explored the city while shooting her new comedy Summer Camp with co-stars Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard and Eugene Levy. Filming took place in surrounding Western North Carolina, an area steeped in summer camp tradition, and Asheville provided a natural base

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LEAF Festival

How to Experience the 2024 LEAF Retreat and Festival

Over four days in the spring and fall, LEAF Global Arts hosts a celebration of world music, art, creativity and culture in the backdrop of Black Mountain's beautiful Lake Eden. With a festival atmosphere that includes local vendors, global cuisine, multiple stages of wall-to-wall performances and presenters, LEAF's festivities offer valuable opportunities for global

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Foggy Grandfather Swinging Bridge

History of Grandfather Mountain

Photo by Monty Combs Grandfather Mountain was formed by plate tectonics. The Appalachian Mountains, where Grandfather Mountain is located, were formed by the collision of two continental crusts. Erosion over hundreds of millions of years has created the landscape we see today.  The Cherokee named the mountain, "Tanawha," meaning Great Hawk or Eagle. Early

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Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest

History of DuPont State Forest

In the modern history of the area known as DuPont State Forest, the State of North Carolina purchased the land for the recreation area in three major phases between 1995-2000. The land purchases began when the DuPont Corporation sold its industrial operation and surrounding land holdings. The Conservation Fund worked with North Carolina officials to facilitate the public purchase. The

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Late fall color dots the vista from Chimney Rock State Park

History of Chimney Rock State Park

More than 100 years ago, Dr. Lucious B. Morse fell in love with Chimney Rock. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis and came to the area looking for a more "healthful climate." In 1902, he purchased Chimney Rock and 64 surrounding acres for $5,000. Not long after, Morse and his family began building a bridge and a road to the top. A local man, Guilford Nanney, was responsible for

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A kayak situated on Lake Julian during sunset

Relive Your Summer Camp Experience in Asheville

You’re never too old to enjoy marshmallows toasted over an open flame and shack up with a group of friends in the middle of the woods. That’s the theme of Summer Camp , a comedy filmed in the Asheville area, out in theaters May 31. The star-studded cast—which includes Diane Keaton, Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard and Eugene Levy—return to a sleepaway camp of their youth, to

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Pride flag on Asheville City Hall

LGBTQ+ Resource Guide for Asheville

In Asheville, creativity, inclusivity and respect are deeply rooted in our city's core, and we work hard to make this a welcoming place for all. Below, find a list of resources and organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community in Asheville. As LBGTQ+ visitors travel across our city, these are safe spaces and organizations that can answer questions, help with advocacy or

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