Asheville, NC is an incredible destination for hiking for a couple reasons. First, the environment is absolutely beautiful and diverse. Second, there are countless trails within a 1-hour radius of the city! Asheville is simply surrounded by breathtaking mountains, rivers, and waterfalls.
A couple of options for quick morning or afternoon hikes and walks:
Asheville Botanical Gardens
While this is more of a walking trail than a hike, it’s quite beautiful and you’ll see a variety of flowers, plants and trees, plus a lazy creek that weaves through the property. It’s within a few minutes of downtown so you won’t have to drive far. More info at https://ashevillebotanicalgardens.org/
Skinny Dip Falls
This gorgeous waterfall and river are about an hour from Asheville and a short hike from the parking area on the road, which overlooks beautiful Looking Glass Rock. More info at https://ashevilletrails.com/blue-ridge-parkway/skinny-dip-falls-trail/
Looking Glass Falls
After enjoying the views at Skinny Dip Falls, check out Looking Glass Rock across the way and if you have time, head on out to Looking Glass Falls, a gorgeous waterfall just off the roadside. If you’re feeling adventurous, take the moderate hike up Looking Glass Rock for more breathtaking views. More info at https://ashevilletrails.com/pisgah-national-forest/looking-glass-rock-trail/
Mt. Pisgah Summit
This is a moderate hike with some serious uphill towards the end, but completely worth the effort. Make sure to bring a camera to capture some photos at the summit of Mt. Pisgah. Recommended not to go alone – although this trail is usually populated with a few people (by no means crowded), there are also black bears on occasion. More info at https://ashevilletrails.com/blue-ridge-parkway/mt-pisgah-trail/
These are just a few of the many hiking trails that Asheville has to offer. People in the city are super friendly and passionate about Asheville, so ask around to see if your server or bartender have recommendations. Everyone has their favorite trails!
To research other trails, visit www.ashevilletrails.com for directions, photos and information.
Let us know in the comments below if you are planning to take any hikes. We might just see you out there!
Written by Nikki Devereux, Senior Project Manager, Pinstripe Marketing