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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Nature Connects®, Art with LEGO® Bricks by Sean Kenney
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Nature Connects®, Art with LEGO® Bricks by Sean Kenney

August 4, 2016
Cost: Free, parking $12

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Couple at Craggy Pinnacle
Hiking Craggy Gardens

by K.C. Cronin
Even after 14 years of living in Asheville, just a glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains casts a spell…

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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 Southern … 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 proximity to the … read more

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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

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Stargazing in the Asheville Area

by Asheville Insider

Surrounded by the tallest mountains this side of the Mississippi, Asheville is the perfect place to homebase your stargazing adventure. There's nothing quite so spell-binding as looking up into a starry sky filled with constellations, distant planets … read more

Pet Friendly Dining at the Grove Arcade

Mountain Getaways With Man's Best Friend

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 grooming of … read more

Golf at the Omni Grove Park Inn

Golf in the Mountains

by Asheville Insider

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