Recreation & Nature

Complete with breathtaking scenic vistas and the highest peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, Asheville is an outdoor destination perfect for all-season exploration. Surrounding our vibrant city center are miles of off-the-beaten-path adventures, whisking you away from the routines of everyday life. Step outside and discover, at your own pace, the natural wonders that have attracted visitors to this region time and again.

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Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall

Top 10 Ways to Experience Fall in Asheville

by Jason Tarr

As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. In the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina, fall color experts are forecasting a longer-than-usual fall … read more

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

50 Things to Do in Asheville

by Del Holston

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 flare of this … read more

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What You Can't Miss in Asheville in 2016

by Asheville Insider

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 … read more

Couple Hiking

Asheville Hiking Guide: The Trail Starts Here

by Joanne O'Sullivan

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 … read more


Stargazing in the Asheville Area

by Asheville Insider

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, … read more

Pet Friendly Dining at the Grove Arcade

Dog-Friendly Adventures in Asheville

by Asheville Insider

Your beloved pet deserves a little fun, too, and Asheville offers unique opportunities for your four-legged friend. Whether you want to explore the city or the mountains, you’ll find plenty of things to do. You can even give your pup the … read more

Golf at the Omni Grove Park Inn

Mountain Golf in Asheville, N.C.

by Asheville Insider

Mountain golf courses offer spectacular scenery as well as unique playing experiences that coastal and flat-land courses just can't duplicate. The area is home to many challenging courses that follow the undulating curves of the Blue Ridge and … read more