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Best trails in Asheville

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Looking for a great trail near Asheville, North Carolina? AllTrails has 49 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Mitchell State Park or Chimney Rock State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Green River Gameland or Rich-Laurel Wildlife Area. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 26 easy trails in Asheville ranging from 0.6 to 91.2 miles and from 1,981 to 5,679 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Asheville
Top trails (49)
#1 - Mountains to Sea Trail: Folk Art Center to Haw Creek Overlook
Blue Ridge Parkway
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(541)
Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
The hike begins at Folk Art Center on the Mountains-to Sea Trail heading North to an area just above the Haw Creek Valley Overlook. The hike is a steady up hill climb to the top of the mountain above Haw Creek Valley. Trail follows Blue Ridge Parkway roadway North from Folk Art Center MP 382.0 to mountain just above Haw Creek Valley Overlook MP 380. There is a lot of roadway noise on this trail from traffic traveling on the Parkway. Lots of wild mushrooms and some wildflowers.Show more
#2 - Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower
Pisgah National Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(360)
Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 50 m
Park at the entrance to the Forest Service Road 450, at Milepost 409.6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Do not block the road or the gate. Just walk up the .75 mile gravel road to the summit. Fryingpan Mountain (5,340 ft.) is in the Pisgah Ranger District southwest of Asheville NC. It's noticeable feature is a 70ft fire tower on its summit. It is the tallest fire tower in the entire state of North Carolina. Get the same and arguably better views as nearby Mount Pisgah but with a much easier hike and far less crowds. This is a great short family hike but the fire tower itself can be a little intimidating to climb. The cab of the fire tower is locked but you can take the old metal stairs to just below it and get stunning 360 degree views. There are communication towers on the summit as well but they don't really interfere with the view. The fire tower has views of the entire Balsam Mountains range. It has a close-up view of famous Cold Mountain which is just a mere 5 miles north. Looking Glass Rock and Mount Pisgah are not that far away either. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is visible as well. This section of the Parkway is closed much of the winter due to snow and ice. Best time to visit is April through October. It's often cooler and windier at the top, so be prepared! Show more
#3 - Mountains to Sea Trail: Craven Gap to Lane Pinnacle
Blue Ridge Parkway
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(175)
Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 7 h 16 m
#4 - Bent Creek Network: Wolf Branch Loop
Powhatan Recreation Area
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(207)
Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
Bent Creek Recreational Area features many trails ranging from beginner to expert. Dogs are also able to use these trails but must be kept on a leash. The Park includes a small stream and a larger lake for fishing. Easy trail around a beautiful mountain lake.Show more
#5 - Richmond Hill Park Trail
Richmond Hill Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(246)
Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
A nice loop hike or bike within the city limits of Asheville. The loop shown on this page is a combination of the yellow and blue trails. Leaving the parking area, the trail passes an information board and enters the woods. Continue straight ahead for a quarter mile to a four way intersection. Turn right. From this point bear left at all intersecting trails to make a loop of about three miles. Trail markers are often missing.Show more
#6 - Hard Times Road Trail
Powhatan Recreation Area
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(179)
Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
#7 - Mountains to Sea Trail: Craven Gap to Haw Creek Valley
Blue Ridge Parkway
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(155)
Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
#8 - Blue Ridge Parkway: Blowing Rock to Asheville
Asheville, North Carolina
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(30)
Length: 91.2 mi
#9 - Shope Creek Road Loop
Pisgah National Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(108)
Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
#10 - Carolina Mountain Trail
North Carolina Arboretum
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(135)
Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
The Carolina Mountain Trail passes through pine, mixed hardwood and ericaceous forest types. A short connector trail runs from a dry stack stone overlook to the Greenhouse parking area. The Arboretum recently increased its personal vehicle parking fee to $14 in order to help sustain new and future upgrades at the Arboretum.Show more
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