Get. Out. No, really!
There’s no end to outdoor adventure options in Asheville, with over 200 waterfalls and four navigable rivers, hiking trails for every skill level, and terrain for mountain bikes and road bikes. Add eight national and state parks within a short drive, and it’s no wonder Asheville is consistently rated a top U.S. adventure town.
Adventures range from lung-busting to soft to, well, downright squishy (don’t worry, we won’t judge).
Zipline between mountaintops within sight of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Craggy Gardens and Mount Mitchell or ride the rapids on the Nantahala River, a waterway that has produced dozens of Olympians and hosted four world championships. Stalk trout on the nation’s first fly fishing trail or raft, kayak or canoe down the French Broad River through the woodlands of Biltmore Estate. Spot some of the area’s nearly 300 species of birds, from hooded warblers and indigo buntings to great horned owls, or pick out constellations in a clear night sky through night-vision goggles. Check out world-class gardens at the North Carolina Arboretum and the Botanical Gardens.
Yup, it looks like you’re just going to have to stay a little longer.