Smoky Mountain Adventure Center: Asheville’s newest climbing gym features a 34-foot high climbing wall that is the first permanent climbing wall in the up and coming River Arts District in Asheville and is the only lead climbing wall in Asheville. The new adventure center also features outdoor gear rental businesses and is home to Earthsports Design, an Asheville-based backpack manufacturer. It also is home to The Hangout, a cafe with locally made offerings, a Yoga studio space and event space. Future plans include an outdoor climbing wall, an elevated adventure course with a ropes course and zip line element, and a few outbuildings that will rent outdoor recreation gear in partnership with local businesses. The center will employ at least 20 people, including four full-time workers.
Directions from Asheville: Smoky Mountain Adventure Center is located at 173 Amboy Road between the French Broad River Park and Karen Cragnolin and Carrier parks.