Explore Grandfather Mountain The views are ancient. The experiences are all brand new. Anyone who visits Grandfather Mountain discovers a place that inspires awe through natural wonders. You’ll never experience the same mountain twice: today you might come face-to-face with an owl, another day you may see rare wildflowers in bloom. Just talk to one […]
Ready to head out on an Asheville Mountain Biking Ride or Road Ride? You’ve come to the right place. Asheville has some great mountain biking trails with a wide range of difficulty from the difficult singletrack found in nearby Pisgah National Forest’s mountain biking trails to the fun and flowy singletrack at Bent Creek, Asheville’s […]
Our guide to the best Asheville backpacking trips and Asheville backcountry camping spots will get you out and on the trail exploring some of the absolute most beautiful overnight hiking trails the Asheville area has to offer. When it comes to fun overnight options near Asheville, there are a great number of hikes to choose from, but we’ve […]
Looking for the best Asheville rock climbing adventures? The WNC Adventure Guide’s Best Rock Climbing + Bouldering Guide features some of our favorite climbing and bouldering areas in and around Asheville, NC and is presented by Climbmax Climbing Mountain Guides and the Smoky Mountain Adventure Center. Our guide to the best Asheville rock climbing areas and Asheville bouldering spots will […]
Our guide to the best Asheville dog friendly adventures will help get you out on the trail with your pup and start exploring some of the absolute best pet-friendly adventures the Asheville area has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a dog park, a spot to take Fido for a swim or an epic overnight adventure, you’ll […]
Ready to explore some great hikes in Asheville? Our guide to the best Asheville hiking trails includes info on hikes in Pisgah National Forest, Mount Mitchell, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail. The Asheville Adventure Guide’s Best Asheville Hiking Trails is presented by Mast General Store. Asheville is an outdoor destination perfect for all-season exploration. For […]
Are you ready to take the family on an adventure they won’t soon forget? If so, check out a few of our picks for best family adventures in the Boone area. We’ve got everything from ziplining to nature hikes to picnics by a beautiful river. What more can you ask for? Boone Family Adventure Experts: Foscoe […]
Our guide to the best Asheville family adventures will help get you on the right path to exploring some of the absolute best family adventures the Asheville area has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a family hike, a spot to go for a quick swim or a big overnight adventure, you’ll find a few of our favorite recommended adventures in […]
The Asheville area is blessed with some of the finest wade fishing opportunities east of the Mississippi. Whether it’s crawling from pool to pool casting dries to weary brook trout on the headwater streams or stalking super selective brown and rainbow trout on the tailwaters of the nearby Watauga and South Holston, the WNC region has it all.
Local Family Adventure Experts: D.D. Bullwinkel’s 50 S. Broad Street, Brevard, NC ddbullwinkles.com || 828-862-4700 DuPont Waterfalls (Cedar Rock): When it comes to outdoor recreation in the Brevard area, there are few things more enticing than going to explore one of the many beautiful waterfalls found in the region. In fact, there are few places anywhere with […]
Perfect Weekend Adventure Guide: Asheville, NC Richmond Hill Park (Asheville): Located just minutes from downtown Asheville, Richmond Hill Park offers disc golfers and mountain bikers in Asheville an easy opportunity to get outdoors and into the woods. The park offers more than three miles (with plans to build more) of mountain biking on speedy singletrack […]
Looking for a great place to cool off and have fun doing it? Our Asheville paddling guide features the best river trips and water adventures in Asheville sponsored by French Broad Outfitters and has information on fun things to do in Asheville, NC, including standup paddle boarding in Asheville, whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, paddling the French Broad River […]
Ready to hit the trails and roads of Asheville, NC and go for a run? Our guide to the best places to go running in Asheville will get you out and on the trail or road exploring some of the absolute best running spots the Asheville area has to offer. All in all, Asheville is home […]
The French Broad River offers all of the aspects that make for a great day on the river. The water is warm and the huge boulders and rugged terrain create a spectacular backdrop. The rapids are definitely big enough to satisfy the adventure side of paddling, but they are also playful and fun without being […]
Navitat Canopy Tour: Interested in taking in a new perspective from an elevated vantage point of the forests here in WNC? Look no further than the canopy adventure tours offered by Navitat Canopy Adventures, a tree-based adventure operator located in Asheville, N.C. Navitat specializes in high-adventure zipline canopy tours, with a heavy focus on educating […]
Recommended Adventures & Things To Do At The Smoky Mountain Adventure Center Try Paddleboarding: One trip down the French Broad River on a standup paddleboard makes it easy to see why this sport is quickly gaining in popularity. By combining the fun of floating downstream with the excitement of surfing, stand up paddleboarding provides a […]
Brevard Perfect Weekend Adventure Guide Presented By Explore The Waterfalls: With over 200 waterfalls located in Transylvania County, it’s easy to see why the Brevard area is known as The Land of Waterfalls. Options abound for great hikes with the easiest to approach being Looking Glass Falls (seen at left). This is a great […]
Chattanooga certainly has no shortage of water to get out and enjoy. Whether you’re looking to bomb steep whitewater or take a leisurely paddle on the Tennessee River near the Chattanooga Riverfront, there are plenty of great river trips to choose from in the Chattanooga area. Here are a few of our favorite Chattanooga River Trips. Stand […]
Boone Biking Expert: Magic Cycles Address: 140 Depot St, Boone, NC 28607 www.magiccycles.com || 828.265.2211 Yancey Ridge Trail (Wilson Creek): The Yancey Ridge Trail is one of the area’s most well-known spots for mountain biking. Cyclists make the long, gradual climb up Forest Service Rd. 192 to Old House Gap before dropping into a fast […]
Transylvania County and the Brevard, North Carolina area is known as the Land of Waterfalls and can claim over 200 waterfalls within the county thanks in large part because it is one of the rainiest places in all of Western North Carolina. All of that water pouring down off the mountains makes for some spectacular cascades, […]
Boone fly fishing consists of beautiful mountain streams brimming with wild and stocked trout. With delayed harvest trout fishing options, wild trout waters and great places to take a guided float trip for fishing, the High Country is home to some of the Southeast’s best fly fishing. View our guide to the best fly fishing spots […]
Sycamore Cove Loop (Mountain Biking – Pisgah Forest): From the parking area at the bottom of Black Mountain Trail, start up the chunky gravel and stay right to begin climbing up Thrift Cove. After some steep punchy climbing veer right onto Grassy Road Trail. Intersecting with Sycamore Cove you have two choices. Left continues climbing steeply leading to a tight, technical root chocked descent finishing with a super fast section through some beautiful forest. Right is a shorter option straight down super tight singletrack where you can go as fast as your feel comfortable. The best option is to ride up again and do both!
Directions from Brevard: Head to Pisgah Forest intersection and turn left onto US 276 into the Pisgah National Forest. The parking area and trailhead for the Black Mountain Trail and Sycamore Cove Loop is on the right just before the Ranger’s Station.
Clawhammer / Maxwell Cove / Black Mountain Trail (Mountain Biking – Pisgah Forest): Start this epic loop from your favorite bike shop near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. Head up 276 for 2.2 miles past the Visitor Center taking the next right onto Avery Creek Road towards the horse stables for 1.7 miles. At the horse stables, take a right up Clawhammer Rd (FR 5058) a double track that packs a punch! When your lungs are about to burst hang a right onto Maxwell Cove (FR 5098). Follow this road to its end at Pressley Gap where it intersects Black Mountain Trail. Best to put it in your easiest gear as you start your way up Hickory Knob. If you can clean this climb your well on your way to becoming a true Pisgah rider! Once you hit the top its all downhill from here. Rip down roots rocks and drops through one of the most rugged trails in Pisgah. Take a right to stay on lower Black Mountain Trail, a fast, flowing section that has recently been reworked by the locals. Pop out in the parking lot and take a left back on 276.
Directions from Brevard: Same as above. Avery Creek Road (look for a sign for Horse Stables) is 1/2 mile past Black Mountain Parking Area.
Dupont State Forest – Jim Branch, Isaac Heath, Hilltop and Ridgeline (Mountain Biking – DuPont): Start at Lake Imaging Parking area and head through the gate up the forest road. Take the second left up Jim Branch Trail and get your game face on! The first 100 feet of steep rock-tech packs a full punch. Now that your warmed up continue climbing the more gradual accent. At the top take a right out Isaac Heath contouring along pine forests and flowing fast trail. Stay right onto Locust up a short climb, then rip back down and veer right onto Lake Imaging Road to a quick left out Hilltop Trail. A short climb puts you at the top of a super fun descent packed with tight turns and epic singletrack. Take a right onto Lake Imaging Road and then an immediate left onto Buck Forest Rd. Follow the gravel out 1.5 miles and take a left on Hickory Mt Road towards the top of Ridgeline. Once at the top take a left onto Ridgeline, possibly the best descent in Dupont! This flow trail rips.
Extra Credit: At the top of Ridgeline take the Hickory Mountain Loop, a 1.1 mile loop that climbs up to the top of Hickory Mountain the descending down some of the best singletrack around. The loop is a blast both ways and well worth the extra effort! Loop it clockwise and continue straight into Ridgeline for the ultimate Dupont Descent!
Directions from Brevard: Head south out of Pisghah Forest on US 64 toward Hendersonville for 3.7 miles and turn right on Crab Creek Road. After 4.2 miles, turn right onto Staton Road and continue to the Lake Imaging parking area on the left. Water and bathrooms are 1/2 mile further at the High Falls Parking Area on the left. Nearby Hooker Falls makes a great post-ride swimming spot.
DuPont State Forest – Cedar Rock, Big Rock (Mountain Biking – DuPont): Short but sweet, the 1.5-mile Cedar Rock Trail features a steep climb up eastern slickrock (large slabs of granite) topping out with killer views of Dupont State Forest. Take Big Rock trail from the top of the mountain for a fast, technical downhill over slickrock and single-track. We recommend a loop that includes Corn Mills Shoal to the Little River Trail to Cedar Rock Trail to Big Rock Trail. This loop is about 3 miles. Dupont has many trails so we highly recommend downloading a map from the site below or stopping at a local outdoor store to buy a map.
Directions from Brevard: Head to Pisgah Forest and turn right (east) on US 64 and go 3.7 miles to the Texaco station in Penrose. Turn right on Crab Creek Rd. and continue 4.3 miles. Turn south 5.3 miles on DuPont Road that turns into Staton Road. Go past the Hooker Falls and Buck Forest Access Areas to a left at the end of Staton Road on Cascade Lakes Road. The Corn Mills Shoals Access Area is 0.8 miles on the right.
Ride The Blue Ridge (US 276 to BRP MP 417): Climb US 276 through the Cradle of Forestry to gain scenic views of the expansive Pisgah National Forest and the site where forestry first began in the U.S. Head South to gain views of Looking Glass Rock, a towering dome of granite deep in Pisgah National Forest. For those with strong legs, we recommend making the climb up to the parking area for Black Balsam and taking in the views of the rolling mountains below before turning around and enjoying the mostly downhill ride back to Pisgah Forest.
Directions from Brevard: Head to Pisgah Forest and turn left onto US 276.
Here are a few of our favorite picks for some of the best climbing adventures in Boone, North Carolina. Keep in mind that the Boone area is chock-full of great climbing areas so stop into Rock Dimensions and ask Ryan and Jenny about their favorites or book a guided climbing trip with them to make […]
Interested in finding the best places for tubing and paddling in Bryson City and the Smoky Mountains? Our short guide to the best paddling areas in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has the details on some great paddling options, whether you’re looking to go whitewater kayaking or take a stand up paddleboard out for […]