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The Western North Carolina mountains have been named one of the top outdoor adventure destinations in the US and there are so many ways to explore the mountains such as: white water rafting, mountain biking, hiking, natural waterslides and mountain bike trails to accommodate all abilities.. Asheville is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains that attract visitors throughout the year. Camp. Fish. Hike. Bike. Take a scenic drive ...

  • Camping - Enjoy the outdoors and still be close to the city.
  • Fishing - Area fishing is excellent. There are plenty of rivers, lakes and streams in the area to fish. Catch trout, bass, bream and catfish.
  • Golf - Asheville has plenty of good golf courses and golf resorts for you to tee off.
  • Hiking - hike the Appalachian trail and other mountain trails in the area.
  • Lakes - enjoy the day swimming, boating, or sunning by a beautiful lake with mountain views in the background.
  • Mountain Biking - There are plenty of mountains to go biking near Asheville. Many area roads share the roads with bicycles too. Area bike shops offer rentals and repair for your bicycles.
  • Skateboarding at the Food Lion Skate Park in the Montford Historic District. Skating for all ages. Local, regional and national competitions. Attend skateboard clinics and summer camps.
  • Skiing - Asheville is near several ski resorts
  • Whitewater Rafting - Enjoy the rush of extreme sports or just relax and take it easy on a float trip on rivers near Asheville.

Asheville and Buncombe county parks and recreation has over 50 parks in the area for you to enjoy. These parks offer a wide range of outdoor activities that include golf, swimming, tennis and skateboarding. There are parks with playgrounds, ball fields, picnic areas, trails and community centers.


The Blue Ridge Parkway has 4 entrances in the Asheville North Carolina area. See beautiful mountain views. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Experience the cool breezes from mountain tops. Expect slower traffic in the fall. Make room reservations early as Fall is the busiest season


Craggy Gardens is located north of Asheville off the Blue Ridge Parkway. In the June and early July, the mountain laurel and rhododendron blanket the area. Fall brings lots of beautiful colors as the leaves turn. See beautiful and breathtaking views of the NC mountains all year round.


Mt Mitchell is the tallest mountain east of the from atop Mt. MitchellMississippi River. At the top, you can climb the observation tower to see the view. Go hiking. Take a picnic. There is a restaurant here too. Mt. Mitchell is north of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Sliding Rock is a natural waterslide located in the Pisgah National Forest about 45 minutes from Asheville. It is a 60 foot natural water slide with very cold water. You sit down and slide into a pool of water. Be sure to wear old cut off jeans as it is very rough on swimsuit material. There are picnic facilities nearby.


Cradle of Forestry is located off US 276 in the Pisgah Forest. It is the first forestry school in America. Take guided walks. Visit historic buildings. Interact with living history interpreters. See an old logging train. Explore the Forest Discovery Center. Enjoy outdoor fun. Open from mid April to early November.


Navitat Canopy Adventures is located in Barnardsville NC, 20 minutes north of Asheville. This tour takes you up in the air on high tech ziplines. Explore the environment by soaring through the treetops over ravines and cross over sky bridges. Tours are for those age 10 and up.


Adventure America Zipline Canopy tours is located in Bryson City. Ride zips and cross over sky bridges. Soar above the trees over 22 acres.


Visit the Great Smoky Mountains outside Asheville. Take I-40 west to US 19 then get on US 441 to the southern entrance of the park in Cherokee North Carolina.


For pictures of NC mountains in fall see Mountain Pictures

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