Tag - Family Friendly

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...

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...

Bearwallow Mountain

Hiking Bearwallow Mountain

Bearwallow Mountain (Asheville): The hike up Bearwallow Mountain is a strenuous two-mile round trip hike with over 500 feet in elevation gain. The mostly grassy summit of Bearwallow Mountain stands at 4,232 feet above sea level and is the highest peak in the Bearwallow Highlands Range...

Best Family Friendly Adventures Boone Asheville Brevard

Dupont State Forest Family Adventures

Dupont State Forest: In Transylvania County, the place known as the Land of Waterfalls thanks to its high concentration of beautiful waterfalls, few places are as spectacular as DuPont State Forest. Few places in North Carolina offer the opportunity to view towering waterfalls in such...

Best Family Friendly Adventures Boone Asheville Brevard

Moore Cove Falls

This hike is understandably one of the more popular in Pisgah. A short hike (just under 1.5 miles round trip) on a well-marked trail provides access to this 50′ waterfall. Suitable for young kids and less experienced hikers, the trail has some fun features like creeks and boulders...

Family Friendly Adventures Asheville Boone Brevard

Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site

Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site: The Cradle of Forestry in America is a 6,500 acre historic site within the Pisgah National Forest. Congress set the Cradle aside to commemorate the beginning of forest conservation in the United States. The Cradle of Forestry tells the story of...

Best Family Friendly Adventures Boone Asheville Brevard

Holmes Educational State Forest

A lesser known gem, Holmes Educational State Forest is located just over the Henderson County line from Transylvania County – about 2 minutes past the road to DuPont State Recreational Forest. This little 240 acre beauty is home to the “Talking Trees Trail” – a...

Best Family Friendly Adventures Boone Asheville Brevard

Linville River Picnic Area

Linville River Picnic Area: If your idea of a relaxing afternoon involves grilling out beside a fast moving stream brimming with hungry trout, then the Linville River Picnic Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway is your spot. The area features a wide range of different grills at various...

Best Family Friendly Adventures Boone Asheville Brevard

Valle Crucis Community Park

Valle Crucis Community Park:  A 22 acre park just behind the landmark, nearly 130-year-old Mast General Store, is a family-friendly hotspot. There’s great birding in the park that includes a small wetland pond and gurgling stretch of the Watauga River. Take the easy, paved...

Best Family Friendly Adventures Boone Asheville Brevard

Mt. Jefferson State Park

Mt. Jefferson State Park: West Jefferson is a small town with a lot of character just a short drive from Boone. The nearby Mt. Jefferson State Park provides visitors with a great opportunity to drive up and check out the view from one of the highest mountains in the area (4,684 ft.)...

Smoky Mountain Adventure Center

Smoky Mountain Adventure Center

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...