Best Outdoor Activities in Asheville

With the scenic Western North Carolina mountains, active tourists and adventurers will always find exciting outdoor activities to fill their time. In fact, Outside magazine has consistently ranked Asheville as one top adventure destination for outdoor recreation. So get your muscles ready for some thrills with nature in Asheville!

Hiking Trails

There are lots of trails to choose from when you visit the 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains. To start planning your trail, you need to know that since the forest is very large, it is officially divided into four ranger districts: Grandfather, Toecane, French Broad, and Pisgah. Choose a district and get trail information from a Trailhead to learn about camping and lodging, and trails and hikes.

Zip Line Canopy Tours

If hiking’s not for you, then consider flying across ridgetops in the dense forest. Check out Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures just a mile from downtown and is available the whole year. There are four locations to choose from: Nanthala Gorge Canopy Tours offers 13 different ziplines and 8 bridges, the Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures offers views of the beautiful mountains and downtown skyline of Asheville.

Hot Springs

If you’re looking for a combination of an outdoor adventure and healing and relaxation, then why not go for a scenic drive to the Hot Springs? It’s just an hour and a half round-trip drive to and from Asheville! Drive on the U.S. Highway 19/23 north and exit at Marshall to U.S. Highway 25/70. Stay on 25/70 until the highway turns toward the left between Marshall and Hot Springs. Pull off your car and walk along the Laura River Trail, and when you’re ready for some Jacuzzi-hot water, jump into the Hot Springs!

Water Adventures

Whether it’s waterfalls, swimming holes, lakes or streams, Western North Carolina will always have something to offer for water-lovers. The Hooker Falls is the best swimming hole for laps located in DuPont State Forest. Go tubing at Pisgah National Forest, and while you’re there, ride down the 60-foot natural slide located in the same forest.

No need to wait any longer. Visit Asheville and bring your family and friends with you for some unforgettable excursions to nature’s best. Don’t forget to book your rooms at Orchard Inn, an Asheville bed and breakfast for that elegant mountain retreat.

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