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Santa on the Chimney

Santa on the Chimney at Chimney Rock State Park

2018 Santa on the Chimney Dates: December 1 and December 8 Before traveling the world to climb down chimneys and deliver presents on Christmas, Santa practices in the Asheville area on one of the biggest chimneys of all! The first two Saturdays in December mark Santa on the Chimney , a tradition that gives you and your family the opportunity to watch Santa rappel down the

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Dickens in the Village

Dickens in the Village Festival in Asheville, N.C.

A beautiful historic district in Asheville transforms during the holidays, transporting you back in time to the days of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol . On the first weekend of December, Historic Biltmore Village takes on new life as a quaint Victorian town for the Old World Dickens in the Village Festival . Biltmore Village is a unique shopping and dining destination in

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Graveyard Fields in Fall

Best Fall Hikes Near Asheville, N.C.

Imagine hearing the leaves crunch under your feet as you feast your eyes on the golds, oranges and reds of autumn that surround you. The iconic trails of the Asheville area can be explored during any season but many of these trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains offer a truly special experience in the fall. There are few better ways to soak in the colors of fall foliage than with a

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Mount Craig on Deep Gap Trail

Deep Gap Trail at Mount Mitchell State Park

A walk in the clouds in the Black Mountains Hike from the highest peak east of the Mississippi  River (Mount Mitchell, 6684 feet) to the second highest one (Mount Craig, 6647 feet). On the ridge line of these giants of the Black Mountains, you might find yourself above the clouds. You'll begin the hike in Mount Mitchell State Park, one of the first state parks in the

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High Falls

Waterfall Safety

How to safely view the best waterfalls near Asheville, N.C. The Asheville area is home to hundreds of waterfalls , including some of the most picturesque waterfalls in the country. Exploring these natural wonders can be one of the most exciting and memorable experiences you have during your visit! But, we at Explore Asheville want you to make sure it’s a memorable experience for all the

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Apple Picking

Apple Picking Near Asheville, N.C.

Fall is a truly special time to visit Asheville. Not only can you experience fall in Asheville with stunning leaves and special events but also with the mountain harvest .  In addition to many working  farms in Asheville , the city is less than a half hour drive from one of the country's best apple growing areas, Hendersonville, N.C. Hendersonville hosts

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Biltmore Late Fall 2016

Asheville, N.C. 2018 Fall Foliage Report and New Fall Adventures

Asheville, N.C., in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains , is known for having one of the longest and most colorful fall foliage seasons in the world. Thanks to a large variation in elevation and unmatched biodiversity in the Asheville area, that long color season extends from late September (at the highest locations like Grandfather Mountain and Mount Mitchell ) to early November (lower

Wildcat Rock Overlook Trail

Wildcat Rock Trail in Hickory Nut Gorge

Western North Carolina's newest trail offers challenges and rewards The Wildcat Rock Trail features a waterfall, long-range views, caves and wildflowers. Completed in 2017, the three-mile (each way) trail is the result of years of conservation efforts between a local couple and several conservation groups. The trail itself is the brainchild of Conserving Carolinas trails

Trombatore Trail in Winter

Trombatore Trail

An introduction to Hickory Nut Gap Steep wooded slopes, mountain creeks, open fields and long-range views: this trail has a little bit of every type of terrain that you'd find in the Hickory Nut Gap area. Since the trail is new (completed in 2014) and not well known, you’re unlikely to have to share the payoff view at the summit with other hikers. What To Expect From the parking

Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain Hike on the Appalachian Trail

Roam the Roan Highlands on this unforgettable section of the AT Considered one of the most scenic areas on the entire Appalachian Trail, this section starting from Carver’s Gap (elevation 5,512) takes you across three spectacular unique grassy hilltops (known as "balds") with unimpeded views. If you arrive in mid-to-late June, you’ll catch the rhododendron bloom, one of

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