Whether you’re here for the weekend or for the duration… a list of places to go and things to do to enjoy the mountains and rivers of Western North Carolina. If you know of a swimming hole or a trail we’ve missed, send a note to [email protected]

Fun in the Mountains! From rafting and rock climbing to hiking and biking, activities for visitors of all ages…

Wildland Trekking
Wildland Trekking provides exceptional hiking tours throughout the Greater Asheville area. Trip styles range from backpacking to inn-based tours, day hikes, and fantastic kayak camping trips on Fontana Lake. We have over 30 years of experience in adventure travel and we’re the #1 rated TripAdvisor tour company in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. #wildiswaiting

Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains… more details at hikinginthesmokys.com, the most comprehensive site on the web for information on Great Smoky Mountains Trails.

Waterfalls are a beautiful draw in the mountains… More details are available on Hendersonville.com’s waterfall page.

Blue Heron Whitewater
Closest whitewater rafting to Asheville, 22 miles NW, on the French Broad River. Choose the trip that fits your group and schedule. Half Day Trips enjoy five miles of beautiful scenery, fun class II-III rapids. Add three miles and a class IV rapid for the Full Day Trip. Minimum age is 8. Families with kids as young as 4 enjoy the calm water Float Trip. Locally owned and operated, small company big on details! Call 888-426-7238 for additional information.

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is the south’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service. They offer rock climbing, ice climbing guiding and rock climbing courses across North Carolina. A great and exciting way to see the mountains! FMG also offers a teen adventure summer camps June through August. We only use American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained and certified Instructors and Guides. No other guide service in the Southeastern USA upholds this incredibly high standard. Excellence in Rock Guiding and Instruction since 1994.

  • The South’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service
  • AMGA Certified Instructors or Guides on every trip
  • No experience necessary
  • We cater to all ability levels and ages
  • Toll Free: 1-888-28-GUIDE (4843)

Scenic Wolf Resort
Enjoy the breathtaking views from Scenic Wolf Resort’s luxurious cabins year round! Wintertime guests enjoy skiing on 72 acres of the best mountain slopes. Spring and summer days can be spent swimming, mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, fishing, or golfing at a nearby course. Leaf season is simply amazing!30 properties, $241-$493/night. Breathtaking views, spacious cabins, fireplaces, private hot tubs, glass-enclosed heated pool, pet friendly, free Wi-Fi, free local fun including golf, skiing, whitewater rafting, and LaZoom tour.
(855) 807-1842

Featured Destination
Day-tripping in Hot Springs. Always a favorite. Includes a beautiful drive, lots of fresh air and exercise, and a relaxing soak in the hot tubs.For details…

Featured Destination
Day-tripping at the Carl Sandburg Home and farm in Historic Flat Rock. Just south of Hendersonville off of N. C. Highway 25. A visit that will stay with you for years to come.
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Featured Destination
Day-tripping at Chimney Rock Park . Just south of Hendersonville off of N. C. Highway 74. If you’re looking for a nice, “outdoors-y” spot to spend the better part of a day away from your own particular hustle and bustle, Chimney Rock Park might just be the place.

Keeping it simple. If you’re seeking an outdoor adventure, look no further. Asheville is surrounded by natural beauty and numerous opportunities for enjoying the outdoors. Here are some safe places to start your outdoor adventures.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Asheville Parks and Recreation
“Come Out and Play!” – Buncombe County Parks and Recreation newsletter
Linville Gorge
Mount Mitchell
Craggy Gardens
Mount Pisgah
Shining Rock Wilderness
Nantahala River Gorge
New River State Park
Mount Jefferson State Park
Holmes Educational State Forest
Gorges State Park
DuPont State Park

Information on other outdoor organizations, activities

Appalachian Trail ConferenceAppalachian Trailplace
Asheville Area Ultimate Club
Asheville Lacrosse
Asheville Track Club
The Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Bicycle Club
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society
Out There
Pisgah National Forest