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The Top Events in Black Mountain, NC

Black Mountain, a small town only 15 miles east of Asheville, is home to a robust lineup of annual events. These popular festivals and gatherings showcase the lively culture of Black Mountain and attract big names in the world of art and music. Here’s a list of the top events Black Mountain has to offer throughout the year in chronological order. Black Mountain Marathon and Mount Mitchell

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The Top 10 Things to Do in Black Mountain, NC

Readers of Trip Advisor named Black Mountain the “prettiest small town in America,” and for good reason. You can easily enjoy gorgeous views of the mountains around every turn and access numerous outdoor adventures within minutes of the downtown area. Here is a look at the top 10 things to do around town! 1. Discover Downtown Black Mountain and Shop the Local Stores The

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Red Panda Exhibit at WNC Nature Center

WNC Nature Center and Wildlife Park in Asheville, NC

Experience wildlife up close with a family-friendly adventure to the WNC Nature Center, located just 10 minutes from downtown Asheville! Among the animals you’ll see are otters, black bears, wolves and a cougar! The 42-acre wildlife park features award-winning exhibits that are home to 60 species of wild and domestic animals and hundreds of species of plants. All the species

A couple watches the sun setting behind the western mountains from atop Craggy Gardens.

The Best Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes in Asheville, NC

The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a scenic drive. You could call the Parkway the country’s greatest hiking trail head. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers easy access to all kinds of hiking adventures, from short walks to day-long treks. In the Asheville area, the Blue Ridge Parkway is your base camp for hiking to 6,000-foot mountaintops, exploring refreshing waterfalls or taking

Santa on the Chimney

Santa on the Chimney at Chimney Rock State Park

2019 Santa on the Chimney Dates: December 7 and December 14 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

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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 Asheville,

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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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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 right

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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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