Asheville, North Carolina Excursions

November 2, 2009 at 7:29 am Leave a comment

Clearly some major walking is in order if you want to eat your way through Asheville, so as promised, here are some suggestions for beautiful hikes near the Blue Ridge Parkway.Asheville

Hike the Appalachian Trail. Clingman’s Dome is the highest point on the entire Appalachian Trail, and it happens to be an ideal spot to take in a magnificent panoramic view. From there you can go north or south on the trail, for as long as your legs will take you.

Mt. Mitchell State Park. Ask for directions to Potato Knob, take a picnic and lace up your hiking shoes. This is on the Mountains to Sea Trail, that when completed, will be a 900 mile trail across North Carolina. The trail itself is part of the experience, and you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Mount Mitchell and Potato Knob. The huge rock that marks the end of this hike provides the ideal spot to enjoy your sandwich.

Biltmore Estate. This incredible estate is the largest privately owned property in the country. Try to explore as many of the 8000 acres as possible, whether on foot, by bike or in your car. Tours of the house, winery and garden are all fascinating. Consider ending your excursion with a drink on the outdoor patio of the inn—the stunning mountain backdrop is picture perfect.

Great Smoky National Park. Straddling the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, and just a two-hour drive from Asheville is the most often visited national park in the system. Driving through the park is a treat in itself, but taking a hike will heighten your experience. Stop at the Visitor’s Center and ask a ranger suggest a trail that will suit you in terms of length and difficulty.

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