Explore the best trails near Asheville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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This is a popular area in a campground. That being said, in the winter it is a great area for a relaxing hike. Although the parking lot was full, we encountered only a couple people during our hike. This is a popular place for mountain biking. There are several creek crossings affording a chance to filter out some water. These creeks are shallow in most areas, so bring something to scoop with. The first third of the trail is actually a road. This is the only way in during the off-season, and is very easy. There are also a few small fields along the trail perfect for a hammock hang, tarp shelter, or just a good ol cup of coffee. Overall, a short and sweet hike.
One of my favorite places in one of my favorite cities. Biltmore is a unique experience. There is so much to see and do. It can be expensive, but some of the best time we have spent there has been exploring the gorgeous and expansive estate grounds. We've biked along the beautiful French Broad River and spent a lot of time walking the amazing gardens. Each season is special in its own way.
Hiked this one today from the folk center to cravens gap. About 10.6 round trip. The overlook at about the 2.3 mile point was the best part of the trip. It is marked by a red paint spot on the south side of a large tree. Long hike with a lot of up.
We enjoyed this trail on Sunday! Hiked to lake Powhatan, even though it's more of a pond, it's beautiful and has some good fishing and this section below the lake is hatchery supported all the way down until you reach the arboretum where there is no fishing. You can make this hike as short or as long as you like. Heavily trafficked area but other than that we enjoyed it and will be going again soon!
Nice trail. Easy for my elderly mastiff to amble. Better signage would be nice, as there are several trails and we managed to hit every single one, so the 1-2 miles we had planned became over 8 since I give a poor sense of direction and apparently my map-reading skills are poor. Still, it was a very enjoyable afternoon.
Park at the pull off area by the gate just west of the Funnel Top Overlook around mile 409.5. As everyone says, the trail/road to the top is nothing spectacular. But you do get a nice little workout on the climb up. The platform area of the tower is locked, but you can get most of the way to the top. It is definitely worth it for that amazing 360 degree view!
We hiked Frying Pan this morning. Basically you are hiking an old gravel road for about 3/4th mile uphill. There was not much to see on the way up except for the beautiful fall colors on the trees along the way. When you reach the summit there is a big TV transmission tower and a fire observation tower. You can climb the steps to the observation tower. It was a little breezy but the 360 views were quite awesome especially due to the vivid fall colors!