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Blue Ridge Parkway Cycling Brevard

Blue Ridge Parkway Ride (Brevard)

Blue Ridge Parkway Ride (Brevard): 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...

Blue Ridge Parkway Cycling Brevard

Blue Ridge Parkway Road Ride (Asheville)

Ride The Blue Ridge Parkway (Asheville Cycling – Road Rides):  On the Blue Ridge Parkway there is roughly 27 miles of steady climbing on one of the most famous roads in America make this one of the best Asheville road rides for cyclists looking to experience the beauty and challenge...

Alexander Bike Park

Alexander Bike Park (Asheville)

Alexander Bike Park (Asheville): Located adjacent to the French Broad River about 15 minutes north of town, this seldom used mountain bike park offers a variety of sweet singletrack for you and your pooch. Combine the two loops for an intermediate ride of an hour and a half. There is not...

COrn Mill Shulls Dupont State

Corn Mill Shoals Running Trail (DuPont)

Corn Mill Shoals Running Trail: The Corn Mill Shoals Trail consists of some fast and fun singletrack that crosses the Little River and ends at one of Dupont’s most famous waterfalls, Bridal Veil Falls. The Corn Mills Shoals Trail is a little over 2.5 miles to the waterfall. After...

Sams Knob Black Balsam Hiking

Sam Knob Summit Hiking Trail (Brevard)

The Sam Knob Summit Hiking Trail is considered one of the “Best Hikes In Asheville.” This 2.2-mile out and back hike starts at 5,800 feet in elevation and ascends through a “Canadian” ecosystem of evergreen forests and expansive meadows until it reaches the double peak of Sam...

Greens Lick Trail

Green’s Lick Mountain Bike Trail (Asheville)

Greenslick Mountain Bike Trail: With 2.5 miles of technical single-track that drops 800 feet in a constant barrage of high berms, rolling whoop-dedos, and big jumps, Green’s Lick is a local favorite and one of the most popular mountain bike rides in Asheville. If you’re...

Hiking Max Patch

Max Patch Hiking Trail (Asheville)

Max Patch Hiking Trail (Asheville): For those in great hiking shape who want a wonderful Appalachian Trail day hiking experience, this is a perfect route to take. At approximately 20 miles in distance with a couple of shelters along the way to Hot Springs, this is a popular section...

Elk Mountain Scenic Parkway Road Ride

Elk Mountain Highway Road Ride (Asheville)

Elk Mountain Scenic Parkway (Asheville Road Cycling): The quintessential road ride for Asheville cyclists is the Elk Mountain Scenic Highway and it definitely packs a punch. This challenging ride begins with a steep, leg-crushing climb up Elk Mountain Scenic Highway before cresting the...

Oconaluftee River Fly Fishing

Oconaluftee River Fly Fishing

Hook A Hawg On The Cherokee Reservation: Ready to hook up with a hawg on the fly rod? We recommend heading to the Oconaluftee. While most mountain trout average 9″ – 10″, on the heavily stocked Oconaluftee trout are measured in pounds, not inches. A 2.2-mile stretch near...

Coontree Picnic Area Brevard

Swim At Coontree Picnic Area (Brevard)

Coontree Picnic Area & Swimming Hole: One of Brevard’s best swimming holes and a great place to stop for a picnic in Pisgah National Forest is found at the Coontree Recreation Area in Pisgah National Forest, located just outside of Brevard on US 276. While there are a lot of...

Explore Lake James

Explore Lake James: Large lakes with expansive mountain views are hard to come by in the Asheville area. However, just 40 miles east is the 6500 acre Lake James with 150 miles of shoreline and sweet views of the Black Mountain Range and the nearby Linville Gorge. Your best bet for...

French Broad River Paddling Asheville

French Broad River (Asheville)

French Broad River Family Fun: The French Broad River flows 219 miles starting in nearby Transylvania County northward through Asheville into Tennessee. Along the way the river provides some excellent recreational opportunities including whitewater rafting and more mellow floats and...

Azalea Park Asheville

Azalea Road Park (Asheville)

Azalea Road Park Dog Friendly Trails: Azalea Park along the Swannanoa River in east Asheville has several dog-friendly options. The real gems of the park are the Swannanoa River and great mountain views. There is a trail that runs along the river that is ideal for a flat, easy walk with...

Asheville French Broad River Park

Wilma Dykeman Riverway (Asheville)

Wilma Dykeman Riverway: Bike, walk, or run the Wilma Dykeman Riverway – Carrier Park and the French Broad River Park (part of the Wilma Dykman RiverWay) on Amboy Road offer two miles of flat, paved greenway trails perfect for biking with younger children. Pedal by the French Broad...

Graybeard Trail

Montreat Hiking Trails (Asheville)

Montreat Trails: The trail system above Montreat College boasts over 20 miles of hiking trails on 2500 pristine acres. With so many trails to choose from we suggest stopping at the Montreat Conference Center to pick up a trail map or view it online by clicking the image below. A suggested...

Asheville mountain biking

Cedar Rock Mountain Biking Trail (Brevard)

Cedar Rock Mountain Biking Trail: Short but sweet, the 1.5-mile Cedar Rock Trail features a steep climb up large slabs of granite and tops 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...

Rumbling Bald Rock Climbing

Rumbling Bald Rock Climbing (Asheville)

 Rumbling Bald Rock Climbing & Bouldering: In 2008, the state parks system acquired a tract of land for Chimney Rock State Park that assures public access to this climbing wonderland. The mountain’s cliffs are known for their ultra-classic crack climbing, thin face...

Davidson River Trail

Davidson River Exercise Trail

Davidson River Running Trail (Brevard): The Davidson River Exercise Trail is a great warm-up run for the more advanced adventurer and a nice workout for the beginner runner. The exercise trail is a 1.5-mile flat, mostly wide loop with some rocks and roots that runs in between the Davidson...

Bracken Mountain Preserve

Bracken Mountain Trail Running Loop

Bracken Mountain Trail Running Loop: For a leg-burning trail run, check out the loop at Bracken Mountain Preserve that clocks in at approximately 6 miles, with 1000′ of elevation gain. Bracken Mountain Preserve is a beautiful 395 acre section of public land, and the trail winds...

Graybeard Trail

Graybeard Hiking Trail

Graybeard Hiking Trail (Black Mountain): This adventure heads east of Asheville to the Montreat Conference Center. At 2,500 acres of pristine wilderness open and ready for an awesome outdoor experience.  The landmass of the Montreat community, as a whole, is approximately 4,000...

DuPont State Forest Mountain BIking GUide

DuPont Mountain Bike Trails

DuPont Mountain Bike Trails: The DuPont State Recreational Forest is renown for its incredible waterfalls and excellent trails for hiking, running and mountain biking. With nearly 100 miles of mountain biking trails coursing their way through the beautiful forests just outside of...