If you're new to Asheville or just here for a visit, choosing a hike among the hundred's offered in the Blue Ridge area can be daunting. So we've made a simple list of our employee favorites in ranking of easy to difficult. Find the links below!
*The least strenuous trail can be found at the Asheville Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a relaxing walk and plenty of native plants.
*Another easy trail and beautiful drive is just 30 minutes (plus another 20 up the mountain) from Asheville. Douglas Falls located in Barnardsville has the perk of an amazing drive up to the top of a mountain, with small waterfalls, scenic views, and a fresh spring water spot along the way.
*The favorite waterfall hike is in Old Fort, 40 minutes from downtown Asheville, but well worth the drive. A simple hike up to an amazing spectacle.
*If you loved the Hunger Games, check out Triple Falls, where they did some filming for the movie. There are a few trail options here, all wonderful and non too difficult.
*Max Patch is a well known destination to Asheville locals. Part of the Applachian Trail, from the top of this hike you can view 4 states! We suggest going around to the left or right of instead of straight to the peak.
*Graveyard Fields is a moderate hike, a bit longer than the previous mentioned hikes, but full of beautiful views and tons of blueberries!
*Craggy Pentacle is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway and a go-to for panoramic views of the mountains. We also consider this one for the moderate hiker.
*If you're looking for a challenge, Looking Class Rock trail has you covered. A favorite for rock climbers and steep trail seekers. Near by is also Looking Glass waterfalls, an easy and relaxing option.
*If you'd down for a bit of a drive, Grandfather Mountain 2 hours north of Asheville is well worth the time. Grandfather Mountain trail is a bit longer 3-5 hour hike to the top, where you have the option of an obstacle course. The trail is full of beautiful views and wondrous rocks. Plus Grandfather Mountain Park has a mile high swinging bridge and rescue zoo.
Craggy Gardens Pictured Above