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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

Black-Throated Green Warbler

8 Places to Spot Native Bird Species

Bring your binoculars to these birding havens Whether you’re a casual bird watcher or you’re collecting sightings for your Life List, this is a birder’s paradise. Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Great Blue Herons, and Pileated Woodpeckers are just a few of the 200 birds that make their home here year-round, while another 80 species migrate through the Southern Appalachian

Hive of bees

Eat Well, Bee Well: Asheville's Honey Trail

Sweeten Up to Asheville’s Honey Culture Asheville is bee heaven. They buzz through local gardens , orchards and honey festivals and are celebrated throughout town. From restaurants to shopping excursions, bees keep Asheville’s honey culture humming. Honey in the Mountains Golden honey drizzled on biscuits and a glass of sweet tea are the cornerstones of a good Southern meal.

Falconry

Bird Watching & Hawk Migration in the Fall Season

Hawks Soar Over Asheville in Annual Migration Fall is a favorite time here in Western North Carolina, when the cooling weather provides ideal conditions for exploring all that this area has to offer. The changing leaves along the Blue Ridge Parkway present a feast for the eyes, and the migration sightings can provide memories to last a lifetime, particularly for hawk enthusiasts. Each year in the

Indigo Bunting

Outings to Satisfy Your Inner Bird Nerd

Birding Across the Blue Ridge Mountains Flashes of red plumage in the forest canopy and a familiar song - “what-cheer, what-cheer, what-cheer” - signify the presence of a nearby Northern Cardinal. This is an easy bird to recognize, even for a novice bird watcher, but it is only one of nearly 300 bird species to call Asheville, and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, home. To sharpen

Mount Mitchell Observation Deck

Home of the Highest, Oldest Peaks

Beyond Gorgeous Views Are Mountains Full of Life The Cherokee called the mountain Tanawha, meaning Great Hawk or Eagle. While that name may be forgotten, no other ridge top near Asheville is so familiar as the lofty silhouette of Grandfather Mountain , the name adopted by early settlers. At its high point, the craggy features of one of the area’s most famous peaks climb to nearly 6,000 feet

Foggy Grandfather Swinging Bridge

You Shall See Wonders: A Day at Grandfather Mountain

Visit an Internationally Renowned Nature Preserve, Just 90 Minutes from Asheville Shakespeare is staring at me. The cleverly named barred owl is perched on the leather glove of Grandfather Mountain 's head naturalist. It's as if the bird knows I mistakenly thought a mourning dove cooing was an owl hooting this morning—just one of the revelations I've had during this educational

Chimney Rock Park in Fall

Winding Trails, Wildlife and Waterfalls

Family-Friendly Fun at Chimney Rock State Park The scenery at Chimney Rock State Park possesses a magnetic draw for tourists and locals alike. Over the years, artists, writers and filmmakers taken inspiration from the towering granite monolith and take-your-breath-away rock overhangs and outcroppings that are home to peregrine falcons, rare flowers and endangered species. The main attraction is

Sliding Rock

A 60-Foot Natural Waterslide & Other Water Adventures

10 Ways To “Wet” Your Appetite for Fun While you’ll find many beautiful rivers, lakes and waterfalls to see in the mountains, we suggest doing more than looking. Experience them first-hand with a big variety of options. From high adventure water thrills to leisurely boat rides, there is something fun for everyone! Waterslide Au Naturel A perennial favorite way to beat the summer