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Wildflowers on Oconaluftee River Trail

Best Spring Hikes in Asheville, N.C.

As the mountains green up with the coming of spring, the new season also brings a burst of color to the trails in and around Asheville. Hundreds of types of wildflowers line the paths that lead to stunning vistas and thundering waterfalls. These trails are among local favorites for seeing the best spring wildflowers in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Note: All directions are from downtown

Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall

Top 10 Ways to Experience Fall in Asheville

As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. Given Asheville's climate and the variety of elevations nearby, Asheville enjoys one of the longest and most vibrant fall color seasons in the nation. The first hints of fall arrive in the mountains in early-to-mid September. The fall leaf season often extends well

Picnic Story: Mount Mitchell

Old Mitchell Trail

Visitors to  Mount Mitchell State Park  can walk in the footsteps of Elisha Mitchell himself, the man credited with discovering the highest peak in the east. This area of the Black Mountains would have been quite wild during Mitchell's treks in the early 19th century. Today, this well-marked trail offers a challenging but rewarding route to the summit. Tip: Pack a sweater or

Lunch Rocks View 1

Lunch Rocks Trail

Pack a lunch for this moderate trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway What to Expect This section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) leads from the  Folk Art Center  to a beautiful view of the Haw Creek valley at Lunch Rocks. After your hike, be sure to stop into the Folk Art Center to discover art and handicrafts made by local artists. Park in the Folk Art Center parking lot. Follow the

Mount Pisgah Hike: Story Only

Mount Pisgah Trail

Hike to the top of Asheville's most recognizable peak What to Expect On a clear day, Mount Pisgah 's 5,721-foot summit can easily be seen from downtown Asheville . Likewise, after a steep climb through hardwood forest, Asheville is clearly visible 16 miles away.   Mt. Pisgah is like the Eiffel tower, probably the most recognized high point of Western North Carolina. After you see the

Hard Times Loop Hike

Hard Times Loop Trail

Take a hike in the forest just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville What to Expect This gentle trail takes hikers through Bent Creek Experimental Forest and the  North Carolina Arboretum , with great views of mountain ridges and Lake Powhatan, as well as a glimpse of the magnificent  Biltmore House . From the trailhead, walk through the gate and down the road. At the first

Big Butt Trail

Big Butt Trail

A high-elevation hike through a northern hardwoods forest   What to Expect Two trails start at Walker Knob Overlook. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail with its characteristic white circles starts from the middle of the parking area. This hike on the Big Butt Trail goes up from the left side, in back of a wooden sign which says "Little Butt 3 miles," a slight overestimation.

Hooker Falls in Fall

Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls Hike

One hike, three of the region’s best waterfalls Dupont State Forest is the best place to discover why Brevard and Transylvania County is called “The Land of the Waterfalls.” Get a sampler of some of the area’s wonderful waterfalls with a (mostly) easy hike to Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls. Accessible enough for kids, the trails that connect the falls are scenic

Black Balsam Hike

Sam Knob at Black Balsam Trail

Hike to views that will make your heart sing An alternative to the popular Black Balsam Knob hike that can be accessed from the same parking lot off the Blue Ridge Parkway , Sam Knob will win your heart with high mountain meadows and long-range wilderness views that rival any in the region. What To Expect When you arrive in the Black Balsam parking lot, you’ll see a sign for Sam Knob to the

Riverside Cemetery in Fall

Riverside Cemetery Hike

A stroll through Asheville history Designed in 1885 in the park-like Victorian style, Riverside Cemetery is the final resting place of some of Asheville’s most prominent citizens, including Thomas Wolfe.  Set on 87 shady acres, Riverside is a walk through Asheville’s past on smooth, paved trails, past over a dozen family mausoleums and impressive statuary. Stroll through this