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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

Sweeping mountain views, great food, and lively music create the vibe in Asheville

50 Things to Do in Asheville

If you’re looking for things to do in Asheville, then consider this list your primer to the many activities available in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or perhaps well acquainted with the flair of this Southern Appalachia getaway, here are 50 ideas to help you see, do, and explore the best Asheville has to offer. #1 Downtown Asheville

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What You Can't Miss in Asheville in 2016

Park celebrations, new hotels, a major exhibit at Biltmore and Grammy winners releasing an Asheville soundtrack—here’s a round-up of what’s hot in Asheville in 2016: National and North Carolina State Parks Mark 100 Years With close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Chimney Rock State Park, Mount Mitchell State Park and a number of

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

Winter Hiker with Dog

Warm Up! 5 Great Winter Hikes Near Asheville

Warm Up On These Top Winter Hiking Trails Taking a winter hike offers many rewards! First of all, you’ll appreciate the refreshing temperatures as you climb a mountainside. Often, you’ll have the trail all to yourself since there are fewer fellow hikers. In addition, see the best views of the year thanks to leafless trees and deep blue skies. While the higher mountain peaks often have

Mountain Biking in Bent Creek

The Most Popular Mountain Biking in WNC

Everything from urban riding to deep wilderness, we tell you where to go An experimental forest and some trails that are slick Asheville is quickly becoming a mecca for mountain bikers throughout the entire country who want to experience the deep, lush forests, while bombing their way over trails that weave past waterfalls, scenic views, wildlife and natural beauty. No, you won't find any mad

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A Day Trip to DuPont

“Hunger Games” setting offers amazing waterfalls, lakes, and trails Less than an hour’s drive south of Asheville between Hendersonville and Brevard, drop-dead gorgeous DuPont State Recreational Forest is a wonderful day trip if you enjoy waterfalls, easy trail access, and beautiful scenery—and who doesn’t? Some 84 miles of well-marked and maintained trails offer easy

Rhododendron in bloom at Craggy Gardens near Asheville

Seven Spots for Beautiful Blooms

See why our mountains create the biggest bouquet of flowers you may ever find. The lush forests and temperate weather of Asheville's mountains create a mind-boggling kaleidoscope of flowering plants. And many of them cannot be found anywhere else in the world! Here are some of my favorite spots for eye-popping blossoming beauties. Don’t forget your camera. Biltmore One of the most

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

Couple road biking on BRP

How To: Road Biking Adventures in Asheville

A Guide to the Top Road Bike Routes Around Town Riverside Drive Riverside Drive features a bike lane for road cyclists and is a great option for a flat ride along the French Broad River without going too far outside of downtown Asheville . A common place to start for a ride on Riverside Drive is in the River Arts District where you can check out the array of artist studios, showrooms and art