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Couple at Craggy Pinnacle

Hiking Craggy Gardens

Blue Ridge Heaven… Just Miles From Town Even after 14 years of living in Asheville, just a glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains casts a spell on me.  It looks so far away but ahh…it is not. Just a short drive from downtown and I’ll be at Craggy Gardens (Craggy for short) and a soaring 5,892 foot elevation.  This is the locals’ favorite spot to head for the hills

Photogenic Hikes on the AT Story: Max Patch

The 5 Most Photogenic Hikes on the AT

Follow the White Blazes to These Picturesque Spots   Footpath for the People The Appalachian Trail (AT) is 2,200 miles long and traverses the mountains of NC on the way to its final destination – Maine.  The white blaze of the AT marks entrances into hardwood forests, fields of spring wildflowers and spectacular views of autumn’s peak performance and winter’s snowy

Looking Glass Rock with wildflowers

Doing Pisgah Perfectly

A Fun-Filled Day in Pisgah National Forest The Pisgah National Forest is home to mile-high peaks, countless waterfalls, rushing rivers, endless trails and rich forests covering a mind-boggling half million acres. This vast preserve reaches north and west of Asheville and includes the first tract of land purchased under the Weeks Act of 1911 that led to the creation of national forests in the

Couple hiking at waterfall

Great Ideas for First Time Hikers

Take the Easy Path to Mountain Beauty Asheville is an outdoor lover’s paradise, in large measure because of its many scenic hiking trails. Enthusiasts come from far and wide to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy what nature has to offer. Whether you are beginner or simply want an easy nature jaunt suitable for the entire family,

An Evening with the Elk

An Evening with the Elk

Pack a Picnic for Cataloochee Valley A quick trip to the gorgeous Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains offers big rewards. The biggest is getting a close-up view of the majestic elk that weigh up to 900 pounds, making them the largest animals in the park. The large meadows by the roadside allow for easy watching as the elk roam, graze and interact. Elk roamed the Appalachian Mountains

Autumn glory in the Smokies

An Eden Still Unspoiled

George Masa, Horace Kephart and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park There was drama in the mountains of Western North Carolina back in the 1920s and 1930s, and it had nothing to do with prohibition and moonshine. One need only read Serena , Ron Rash’s riveting novel set in the region’s rich timber country (or see the movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence) to

High Falls

10 Waterfalls You Want to Find Now

Waterfalls for All Occasions With hundreds of beautiful cascades near Asheville, where do you begin? Here’s a quick sampler to get you started. These 10 locations represent a diverse range of options, so there’s something for everyone.    Tallest: Upper Whitewater Falls Walk a quarter-mile paved trail (accessible for wheelchairs or scooters) to see the mighty Upper Whitewater

Jennifer Pharr Davis with Appalachian Trail marker

Going "Wild" in Asheville on the Appalachian Trail

A Walk in the Woods Asheville is very fortunate to have the Appalachian Trail -- a 2,200-mile route that runs from Maine to Georgia -- go right through our backyard. Some people summit Kilimanjaro for a cathartic one-with-nature (or man vs. nature) experience; some hike the culturally rich Appalachian Trail. Travel writer Bill Bryson wrote a smart, funny account of his own efforts to hike the AT

Black Mountain Firehouse Historical

Hike 12,000 Years of History in the Swannanoa Valley

Test Your Mettle or Take It Easy With This Popular Hike Series A group of hikers tops a ridge, puffing a bit at the incline. As they straighten and look up, pure blue skies open to sweeping views of the mountains surrounding the Swannanoa Gap. The Swannanoa Rim™ Hiking Series has once again lured serious hikers to walk trails whispering 12,000 years worth of human secrets. During this

Women Shopping Downtown

The Ultimate Guide to a Girlfriends Getaway in Asheville

A Three-Day Itinerary for a Fun-Filled Trip to Asheville Mastering the perfect girlfriends getaway is a bit of an art. A mix of personalities means that the ideal destination needs to have a range of activities and dining options for everyone.  Lucky for you, Asheville has it all! From world-class dining and shopping to outdoor adventures and spas that make you say “ahhhh”,

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