Hiking around asheville

The Blue Ridge Parkway

In 2010, The blue Ridge Parkway Celebrated its 75th anniversary. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a product of the New Deal’s efforts to provide jobs to the unemployed of the Great Depression. Construction began in September 1935 at Cumberland Knob near the North Carolina and Virginia state line.

The idea was to create a link between the Shenandoah National Park to the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Completed in 1983 and streches 469 miles.


Our Favorite hike? Black Balsam and Sams Knob: Located at mile marker 420, Black Balsam serves up breaktaking views from it's bald ridges--you won't regret the 50 minute drive- promise. 


Go for a drive or a bike ride...there are plenty of trails to explore and overlooks to picnic at- Visit their website to plan your day! 


Mountains to Sea Trail

Within a 30 minute drive of Asheville, you can reach some excellent sections of the North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail via the Blue Ridge Parkway. While the 1,000 mile long trail spans the entire state, shorter segments of the trail along the Parkway are great for walks, day hikes with children, or quick stress relieving strolls when you don't have a lot of time.

The Mountains to Sea Trail follows the Blue Ridge Parkway right through town, from Mount Pisgah in the South to Craggy Gardens in the North. 

North Carolina Arboretum

With more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails adjacent to the Bent Creek Experimental Forest and nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America, the Arboretum is a popular destination for amblers and athletes alike.


The Appalachian Trail

In 2006 I was lucky enough to hike the 2,170 mile Appalachian trail from Georgia to Maine. You don't have to be a thru-hiker though to enjoy the magic of the AT. The closest place to access the Appalachian Trail from Asheville is by driving to Hot Springs North Carolina, one of the towns that the trail goes right through (on the side walk). Hike up to Lovers leap and then take a visit to the Hot Springs Spa and soak in the natural hot springs for just $30.00---this is a great day trip! You'll find guide books in the yurt as well as information about Hot Springs Spa. 

Dupont State Forest

Located just 45 minutes outside of asheville, Dupont recreational forest features miles of great hiking and mt. biking trails leading to numerous water falls, swimming holes, and "it's good to be alive" views. Visit their website for directions and to plan your day

French Broad River Park

Want to get outside but don't want to drive far? Check out the French Broad River Park on Amboy rd (just 4 miles from the Yurt) This is a great place to run their paved track or to take your pup to their awesome enclosed dog park.





Check out this link to find our more information about the French broad river park and other Ashevilile parks! 

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