Adventure Guides

Looking for inspiration for a new bike ride, hike, climbing spot, running trail or paddling trip? Look no further… The Adventure Collective’s outdoor adventure guides to Asheville, Boone, Brevard, Charleston, Chattanooga and The Smokies has an adventure for everyone. Explore our recommendations below or hone in on a specific category or destination in the sidebar links.

Avery Creek Trail to Bennett Gap Trail MTB Ride

Avery Creek Trail and Bennett Gap Trail: Two trails that live up to the “fast, steep, and gnarly” badge that the Pisgah Ranger District has earned are the Avery Creek and Bennett Gap singletrack. These two parallel trails are best accessed from the popular horse stable parking lot, off of...

Shred the Mountain Bike Pump Track at Brad Ragan Park

Brad Ragan Park: Whether it’s the first you’re throwing your leg over a bike or a seasoned rider, a pump track is a perfect place to hone the skills needed to ride in any terrain. The Thickets MTB pump track has specifically been designed to be a place where everyone can ride...

Fly Cast for Predators on the French Broad

Fly Cast for Predators on the French Broad River

“Musky Mile”: This is a local favorite spot for trying to go toe-to-toe with the closest thing a river may have to a shark, a Musky. These toothy critters are more formally known as Muskellunge and are the largest member of the Pike Family. They are apex predators in the...

Rocktown (Lafayette, Pigeon Mountain)

Rocktown is a boulder field located on top of Pigeon Mountain near Lafayette and the Georgia-Tennessee state line. It is internationally re-known for its high-quality sandstone boulders. The camping is primitive near the ranger’s house at the bottom of the mountain. Check for seasonal...

Foster Falls (Jasper)

Great wall of southern sandstone, featuring beginner, moderate, and expert level sport routes averaging between 50-70 feet tall. Everything from slabs to steep walls lines this 2-mile long cliff. The wall mainly faces south, so it is showered by sunlight all day. The Right Bunker and the...

Horse Pens 40 (Oneida, AL)

Horse Pens 40 is an international destination for boulderers, with acres of bulbous sandstone faces, blunt prows, tall slabs, steep overhangs, and challenging water grooves. For a small day fee ($5/day/climber), the owners, Mike and Gina Shultz, have been so kind to open up this once...

Escape into the Woods (Francis Marion National Forest)

Drive twenty minutes north of Charleston and there’s a seemingly endless selection of sandy logging roads to explore through the pine forests of the Francis Marion. To really get out there and take in a nice quiet run, head up into the Hellhole Bay Wilderness, where you’re likely to share...

Greenbrier Gravel Road

Greenbrier Gravel Road

(N 35.7386,  W -83.4163): Less traveled and gravel roads make great rides for mountain bikers. A good example is the Greenbrier Road near Gatlinburg. It’s a paved then gravel road past the Greenbrier Ranger Station and Campground to two dead end trailheads for the Ramsay Cascade and...

The “Road to Nowhere” - Road Ride

The “Road to Nowhere” – Road Ride

(N 35.4462, W -82.4551): When Fontana Lake was built in the 1940s, the federal government pledged to build a road along its northern shore for displaced local people to access family cemeteries. The government stopped construction when environmental concerns came up, then abandoned...

Ride Cades Cove

Ride Cades Cove

(N 35.6047, W -83.7748): Cyclists are welcome on the 11-mile scenic loop at all times but the best idea is to ride early on Wednesday or Saturday when the loop road is closed until 10 am so cyclists (and pedestrians) rule the road. This is the perfect time to breeze through the valley and...

National Park Road Rides

National Park Road Rides

(N 35.6031,  W -83.4494): From Newfound Gap, Clingmans Dome Road is a 14 mile roundtrip ride on a gradually rising road with great views. The Cherokee Orchard Loop Road (3 miles) and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (8 miles) are other choice scenic roads. From Cherokee, the Big Cove...

Run the Old Settlers Trail

Run the Old Settlers Trail

(N 35.7211, W – 83.3952): For runners looking to tackle truly tough trails, the Smokies is the spot. If you run in stouter footwear and want the workout of dodging rocks or climbing and descending steeper grades, try the Old Settlers Trail. This 17 mile run undulates between...

Run the Little River Trail

Run the Little River Trail

(N 35.6542, W – 83.5804): For 2.3 miles, the Little River Trail rises gradually as an old railroad bed past extensive evidence of early logging and park residents. It’s a pretty stream run, for an almost 5-mile round trip. There are nice views of Huskey Branch Falls at the top. To...

Paved Run in Campgrounds (Elkmont Campground)

Paved Run in Campgrounds (Elkmont Campground)

(N 35.6603, W – 83.5839):  Not every runner wants to tackle unpaved trails, so campgrounds and picnic areas rank right up there as options. You’ll be running loops, but you can easily drive around these sites to figure out the mileage and route you want. To start, grab the...

Ramsay Cascade Trail

Ramsay Cascade Trail

Ramsay Cascade Trail – Easy (N 35.7030, W -83.3569):  Ramsay Cascade Trail makes a nice 3-mile round trip run not far from Gatlinburg. Park at the trailhead and the first 1.5 miles of the trail beyond the road gate is itself a road on a very gradual grade. You’ll have to cross one...

Camp and Fish Deep Creek

Camp and Fish Deep Creek

Deep Creek (N 35.4644, W -83.4338):  If you’re seeking an overnight fishing adventure, head past the tubers on Deep Creek to the more remote upper waters. Numerous campsites dot the river between 4 and 6 miles from the trailhead at Highway 441. Once there, you’ll likely have a healthy mix...

Whitewater Kayak in the Surf (Edisto Island)

Whitewater Kayak in the Surf (Edisto Island)

Edisto Island’s underwater topography has a different gradient than its northern cousins, providing a shore break that’s got plenty of rodeo kayak potential for coastal-bound whitewater enthusiasts. Because Edisto isn’t the surfing hotspot that Folly is, you’ll likely have the waters...

Kitesurf an East Coast Hotspot (Sullivan’s Island)

Kitesurf an East Coast Hotspot (Sullivan’s Island)

Head to Sullivan’s Island’s Station 28.5 on even a slightly breezy day, and you’ll witness at least a dozen kites pulling riders across the water. The spot boasts some unique geographical erosion -for nearly a quarter of a mile offshore, the depth remains almost consistently three to six...

Jet Ski the Intracoastal Waterway (Isle of Palms)

Jet Ski the Intracoastal Waterway (Isle of Palms)

North of the IOP, the Intracoastal Waterway is an undeveloped wildlife haven ripe for exploration. Rent a WaveRunner from Tidalwave Watersports and take off toward Capers Island, part of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and an excellent open waterway to enjoy some jet-propelled...