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Hiking Near Asheville

18 Reasons Asheville Is A Gateway For National Parks Centennial Adventures

Peak-to-Peak Zips, Foraging and other Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate 100 Years of National and NC State Parks. The beauty of Asheville’s mountain scenery is timeless, except for this year when it turns 100 years old. 2016 marks a century since the creation of the National Park Service, NC State Parks and Pisgah National Forest. Cradled in the Blue Ridge and steeped in cultural cool,

GSMNP Sunset

Day Trip: Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Discover the Smokies by Trail, Train or Tube To walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to follow in the footsteps of the Cherokee Indians; living on this land for more than 14,000 years. Because of the great efforts of many , today the 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) is protected forever. And today all of us can stand atop Clingman’s Dome and see the same

Sunrise over the mountains illuminates a field of wildflowers near Asheville.

Asheville's Wildflower Bloom Schedule

Spring in the Mountains is a Pastel Paradise The landscape of the southern Appalachians, the oldest mountains in the world, is rich in biodiversity, offering you an opportunity to discover flora not found anywhere else in the world. In Asheville, seasonal favorites like trillium, tulips, azaleas and violets herald the arrival of spring with their showy blooms, and as the season progresses, budding

WNC Cheese Trail

U-Pick Farms

Pick Your Own Produce What could be better than standing in the late spring or summer sunshine, the wind brushing your face as you hold the ripest, juiciest strawberry you’ve ever seen in your hands? Maybe picking it, and trying not to let the juice run down your chin? This simple pleasure can be had at several U-Pick farms where you can pick your own fresh, juicy produce. Vacation cuisine

Amy Ager | Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Experience Farm Life in Asheville

Down on the farm Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) devotes itself wholeheartedly to fostering the area’s local-food movement. For the last two decades, the nonprofit group has carried out this mission by helping local farms thrive, linking food growers with buyers and generally creating a healthier community through these

Alan Muskat - No Taste Like Home

Wild Food Foraging Adventures in Asheville

Explore the local “find dining” scene Ask local chefs and mixologists about the inspiration for their signature dishes and drinks, and they will tell stories about searching for patches of chickweed, chanterelles, sassafras, violets and dandelions in the forests and parks. The bounty of wild edibles has led chefs out of the kitchen and into nature to forage for fresh, local

Photo of the Day: Mount Mitchell

Mt. Mitchell

At 6,684, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. At its summit you'll find a 360° panoramic view of the surrounding Appalachian landscape, filled with mountains and valleys. Experience the gradual change in plant life as you ascend this epic mountain. Mount Mitchell State Park  offers several different hiking options, a short loop (less than a mile), a

Ski Lesson at Cataloochee Ski Area

12 Ways to Spend Your Winter Days With the Fam in Asheville

There’s plenty to do for the whole crew, indoors or out Avoid the crowds (and prices) that come with fall , spring and summer , and enjoy Asheville with your family at the coolest time of the year. Indoors With more than 30 pinball machines and over a dozen classic video games in the “Arcave,” there’s enough nostalgic button pushing at the Asheville Pinball Museum to

Navitat Canopy Adventures in Fall

Thrills for Everyone: A Zipline Guide to Asheville

Find Your Perfect Zipline Tour in Asheville Take in the sites of Asheville from a new perspective – by soaring hundreds of feet above the ground.  From strictly tree-based courses to courses fit for little ones, here’s a guide to the best zipline experiences in Asheville. Go Far, Go Fast If you’re looking for a heart-pounding thrill, grab a friend and head out on the Blue

Snowboarding at Cataloochee Ski Area

It’s All Downhill: Easy Ways to Enjoy Winter Sports in Asheville

Family-Friendly skiing and tubing convenient to downtown Asheville might not be the first place you think of when planning your ski vacation , but the Western North Carolina mountain town happens to cozy up to the highest peaks in the eastern United States. Whether you’re a beginning snowboarder or the next Sierra Quitquit, there’s plenty of downhill action to be had just minutes from