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.

50 Things to Do in Asheville, N.C.

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 flair of this … read more

Asheville Hiking Guide: The Trail Starts Here

by Joanne O'Sullivan

Choose Your Own Hiking Adventure in Asheville, N.C. 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 … read more

Stargazing in the Asheville Area

by Asheville Insider

Astronomy in the Mountains 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 … read more

Dog-Friendly Adventures in Asheville

by Asheville Insider

Enjoy a Mountain Getaway with Man's Best Friend 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 … read more

Mountain Golf in Asheville, N.C.

by Asheville Insider

Get in the swing at Asheville-area golf courses 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 … read more

Asheville, N.C. is Bee City USA

by Cat Kessler

Honey Bees Make Life Sweeter in the Mountains Asheville goes by many names, including Land of the Sky, Paris of the South, Beer City USA, and also Bee City USA. That's right—Bee City, as in honey bees. Honeybee (apis mellifera) by Eran … read more

The 5 Most Photogenic Hikes on the AT

by K.C. Cronin

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 … read more