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Asheville Hiking Guide: The Trail Starts Here

Choose Your Own Hiking Adventure in Asheville, N.C. Thousands of miles of trails twist, meander, dip and climb through the peaks and valleys around Asheville. In this world-class hiking destination, you can take your pick from peaceful hikes along mountain streams and technical scrambles up steep terrain; hikes that are short and sweet and multi-day adventures. Some hikes give you a view into the

NC Arboretum

Best Gardens to Visit in Asheville

Asheville is a Garden-Lovers Paradise Asheville, North Carolina's scenic natural landscape is a mecca for all things green, with its favorable climate and diverse citizens instilled with a passion and respect for the land. From elegant grand estates to fun-meets-funky, this farm-to-table town is eager to educate. Asheville boasts some of the best garden centers in the Southeast, a top-notch

Storyteller Cherokee Man

Over the Blue Ridge to Cherokee Territory

Asheville’s Ancient Connections Beyond the stunning Art Deco architecture, the sounds of drums in Pritchard Park on a Friday night and the smell of Mexico as you pass White Duck Taco - stop and ponder this…you are in the shadows of a sacred and ancient civilization dating back 11,000 years; the Cherokee. And their home is one of the oldest places on Earth, the Appalachian Mountains,

Bear Cubs in Tree

The Bear Necessities

Has there ever been a creature so fearsome yet so adorable? If you spend enough time hiking or picnicking in the mountains near Asheville, then odds are it's only a matter of time before your next bear encounter—and 2015 may be a particularly great year for sightings. Abundant natural foods like acorns and berries this past fall mean more bear cubs. An average black bear litter is two

Children with Goats

Not So Wild-life

Western North Carolina is covered with miles of rolling farmland, and home to a variety of " wildlife ." Asheville offers a variety of ways to interact with the more domestic creatures of the animal kingdom. Here are a few ways to go hand on with these barnyard adventures, perfect for a family outing . Butterfly House Asheville is a stop along the annual monarch migration.

Otters

Otters

Meet Obi-Wan and Olive, two adorable North American river otters that call the WNC Nature Center home. These playful creatures are found in a wide variety of aquatic habitats and can tolerate a great range of temperature and elevations. A river otter's main requirements are a steady food supply and easy access to a body of water. Facts You Otter Know Life expectancy in zoos: 16 years Life

Monarch - Hop 'n Blueberry Farm

Where to See the Monarch Butterfly Migration in Asheville

Shortly before Mother Nature rolls out her annual show of autumn , an equally impressive rite of fall takes place in the mountains just outside of Asheville: the passing of thousands of migrating monarch butterflies winging their way to Mexico. Tour a Butterfly House In the heart of Black Mountain you'll find  Hop'n Blueberry Farm . They not only grow delicious hops for our local

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See Beautiful Aerial Views of Asheville’s Fall Colors

See Splendid Fall Views From The Air With glowing reds and brilliant yellows sprayed across the mountains, fall in Asheville is a season to behold. But for those with just a little bit more adventurous spirit, here’s a suggestion: How about getting the most unique view of the fall leaves of all from the air? Whether you’re looking for a peaceful float or a heart-pounding freefall, here

Stargazing

Stargazing in the Asheville Area

Astronomy in the Mountains Surrounded by the tallest mountains this side of the Mississippi River, Asheville is the perfect home base for your stargazing adventure.   There's nothing quite so spell-binding as looking up into a starry sky filled with constellations, distant planets and a golden moon. As a small city, Asheville produces minimal light pollution so you can easily make your

Hatchery-Supported Fishing Starts on Saturday

Get Hooked on Guided Fishing Expeditions

Trout, smallmouth bass, and great scenery abound The phrase “gone fishing” typically means goofing off, avoiding responsibility, or just dozing in the shade. Not so for a dedicated group of Asheville-based outdoor guides . For these hardworking sport fishermen, “gone fishing” means long hours of field research: heading into the mountains to explore the region’s nearly

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