Fun in the mountains in Asheville! From rafting and rock climbing to hiking and biking, activities for visitors of all ages.
Whitewater rafting, cave tours, tubing, canoe/kayak rentals, and much more. Locations in Asheville, Boone, Marshall North Carolina, Elizabethton Tennessee. Lunches include local and organic foods. The best outdoor adventures in the high country. The only guide-owned and operated outfitter in the area. Guaranteed best customer service. The only eco-tourism outfitter in the High Country. Call for Reservations! Tours start at $15.
With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Great Smoky Mountains. Nantahala Gorge Excursion (4½ hour round trip), Day Out With Thomas™, Peanuts™ Pumpkin Patch Express, and the Polar Express™, are just a few of the wonderful trips available to passengers. Call for additional information, or to make advance reservations.
If you’re ready for some exercise, we’ve got the spot for you. The Park features six different hiking trails, ranging in difficulty from easy-to-moderate to moderate-to-strenuous. Some lead to 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls; others lead through the woods through old growth forests, dazzling displays of wildflowers and interesting rock formations. The Great Woodland Adventure features fun, whimsical sculptures of some of the animals that call the Park home. Guided bird and wildflower hikes are just a few that are offered throughout the season. The Park, a Natural Heritage Area, is located 25 miles SE of Asheville in scenic Hickory Nut Gorge. Open all year. Live it up!
Discover Asheville’s art, architecture, and the historic events and people who helped create this unique community by exploring downtown with the Asheville Art Adventure. Not just another walking tour, this iPhone app offers an interactive experience that includes free printable Adventure Passport available at www.GoFingo.com, the chance to earn Adventure Rewards, and special offers from local merchants.
Flat Rock, NC
The State Theatre of North Carolina, and one of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a ten-show professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; performances and cabaret series by the YouTheatre; year-round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 90,000 patrons annually and is a major contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.
Find your friends here! Camp Ruach (that means “spirit”) welcomes all rising 1st-8th graders for a traditional day camp experience focused on building lifelong friendships and enjoying a summer full of fun. Each two-week session is built upon teaching important values through exciting activities, including sports, cooking, crafts, archery, nature expeditions, gardening, overnights, dance, music, swimming with WSI certified swim instructors, and much more.
236 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Monday, June 13th through Friday, August 5th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
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
Take yourself down to the ballgame at McCormick Field as you watch Asheville’s minor-league heroes, The Tourists, confront a host of regional contenders. Opening day is April 16, 2015!
Get your perfect place in town squared away. Discover beautiful townhomes and condominiums perfectly sized for your life. Make your home in Biltmore Park Town Square and you’ll be just steps away from some of the most savory dining choices in the mountains. Not to mention world-class shopping and lively entertainment and the tallest mountains east of the Rockies right outside our window.
Nearly 500,000 acres of protected forest, featuring hundreds of miles hiking, biking, and horse trails, waterfalls, and beautiful mountaintop views. Feature Story
Looking for a summer camp in the cool WNC mountains, then look no further, as the Asheville.com camp directory lists a broad range of selections.
The newest addition to North Carolina’s state parks is right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Gorges State Park has over 80 inches of rain a year making it a temperate rain forest. The plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls, and concentration of rare and unique species makes this a wonderful park to visit.
Nestled in the foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this premier summer music festival and comprehensive music center has set the highest standards in performance and education for nearly seven decades.
They offer over 80 performances over seven weeks, from mid-June through early August. 828-862-2100.
Most people aren’t aware that Asheville is the brewing capital of the Southeast. In fact, on just about any day of the year, one can select from about 50 locally brewed craft beers.
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!
Authentic general store featuring quality goods, traditional clothing and custom fit shoes. Since 1883, Mast General Store has been outfitting the Appalachians with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear and quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. Discover for yourself why….. some times are just too good to leave behind, and why it is a simple pleasure to just browse throughout the store.
This historic site consists of a 22 room house, barns, sheds, rolling pastures, walking trails, two small lakes, ponds, flower and vegetable gardens, and an orchard. This is where Carl Sandburg felt the peace and solitude he required to write.
Visit over 250 majestic waterfalls throughout Transylvania County. We’re in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is cool, the waters are pure, and the welcome is warm!
Located behind McCormick Stadium, this fenced, 28.8 acre park features a lighted football field that is bordered by both stadium and bleacher seating, and a restroom facility. ld, concession stand, football field, volleyball, restrooms, track, off street paved parking, handicap accessible, Buchanan St.
Historic Riverside Cemetery is located in the Montford Historic District on Birch St. The cemetery features over 87 acres of landscaped grounds and is the final resting place for many of Asheville’s early notable citizens such as writers Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry. For more information call 828-350-2066.
Southern Appalachian Supper Club and Moonshine Bar serves delicious local, seasonal and organic fare over candle light. This prohibition era supperclub was once Thomas Wolfe’s famous speakeasy: Eureka Saloon (1907-1922). Lex18 is considered one of Asheville’s most romantic restaurants with prohibition-era costumed waiters and nightly music. Moonshine Bar features hand crafted Asheville beers, Southern spirits and moonshine cocktails.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, the Brevard Music Center (BMC) has been providing young musicians with the opportunity to develop their talents for sixty-eight years. Each summer more than 400 students, ages 14 through post-college, join professional musicians to eat, breathe and sleep music for seven weeks. In addition to a rigorous schedule of instruction, students collaborate with faculty and guest artists in more than eighty public performances.
The country’s most visited national park, offering a variety of trails for hikers of any age or skill level. Trail maps and assistance are available at the Park Visitor Centers.
One of Asheville’s premiere parks offers volleyball courts, a giant playground, a roller-hockey rink, a basketball court, a multi-use track, a lawn bowling court, a paved trail and a multi-use sports field for baseball and soccer. Future development will include a picnic pavilion, river overlooks, boat landing, a wetland interpretive and education area, and more trails. Located on Amboy Rd. and Michigan Ave. in west Asheville.
Located in Pack Place, the heart of Asheville’s thriving downtown cultural area, Colburn Earth Science Museum ignites imagination, enhances science capability, and unlocks innovation. For more than 50 years, the Colburn Museum has fostered an appreciation for the Earth and its resources and environments through its exhibits, educational programming, and the care of its collection.
Whether you ride the parkway or the trails, this club has numerous planned rides with experienced leaders. Asheville has some great places to ride – come learn some new routes with the BRBC.
This is a historical site and interpretive center in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. The Cradle of Forestry is a beautiful place to visit any day of the week.
Asheville Skateboard Park is 17,000 square feet of skating excitement located at the corner of Flint and Cherry St. in downtown Asheville across I-240 from the Civic Center. Designed and built by Team Pain. A unique concrete park with three distinctive areas in the beginner bowl, intermediate street course and an advanced vertical bowl.
This is a great hike outside the Little Creek Community in Madison County. From the top of this mountain you can see the Great Smoky Mountains and the Foothills of East Tennessee. There is a large open area that is great for flying kites.
Located a few minutes from downtown Asheville, the Asheville Mall & the world-renowned Biltmore Estate, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Country Inn Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road has over 45 restaurants within 5 blocks. Amenities include indoor heated salt water pool & whirlpool, fitness room, complimentary fresh cookies and coffee, free USA Today paper, In-room coffee maker, iron & ironing board, LCD TV’s and free high speed Internet, jacuzzi rooms available. After a good night’s rest, join us for our complimentary hot and healthy breakfast buffet. Please call (828) 254-4311 to book your reservation today at Country Inn Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road.
Eliminating racism, empowering women — it’s what the YWCA is about and what it intends to do. The YWCA of Asheville offers programs in Aquatics, including swim lessons, lap and open swims, water aerobics, lifeguard training, and more.
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Located in the heart of the historic Montford neighborhood on Montford Ave. in central Asheville, this 4.1-acre park has a basketball court, a playground, restrooms, a picnic shelter, and two lighted tennis courts and a concession. On street parking available.
Relax at Asheville’s only outdoor hot tub spa. Specializing in couples’ massages & spa packages. Reap the benefits of hydrotherapy with our hot tubs, cold plunge & cedar sauna then relax with a massage. Complete your visit with a stay in the adjoining Lodge or Loft. 10 minutes from downtown Asheville and 2500 feet above stress level . . .
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.
This national scenic trail begins in Georgia and stretches across 2,144 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridge lines to end in Maine. Along the way, it traverses the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and parts of Western North Carolina. For more information on the trail, and day hike suggestions, contact the Appalachian Trail Conference.
NC Homespun Museum
Explore the history of Biltmore Industries at the NC Homespun Museum, located next to the Grovewood Gallery at the Grove Park Inn.
The Western North Carolina Nature Center is the first place where area children meet the animals they have read about. Deers, bears, cougars, wolf, racoons, birds and even farm animals are there for all to learn about. Exhibits on area poisonous snakes are worth absorbing. An aviary, self-guided nature trail and petting zoo make this a great place for the family. Small admission fee.
The Asheville Urban Trail creates a living, historic walking tour of Asheville: a museum without walls, that illustrates and highlights the city’s heritage. “The remarkable abundance and survival of much of the city’s turn-of-the-century architecture has set the decorative tone for the rebirth of the downtown area. And the visual beauty and intricate detail of the architecture style found here is not only a feast for the eyes, but also stands as a visual reminder of the remarkable, creative history of the city and of the dynamic and talented individuals who first chose Asheville as home.” Along the Urban Trail the history of the city and of its people is represented in story and art.
The gallery features an state-of-the-art, interactive exhibition that uses a solid terrain model animated with regional voices, video, music and lasers to bring the culture and history of Western North Carolina to life. The Grove Arcade Arts & Heritage Gallery is a project of the Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation. Opened in January 2006, the gallery features the crafts, music and stories of the Blue Ridge. Visit the gallery and experience the places, objects and activities that authentically represent the people of Western North Carolina. The Gallery’s mission is to strive to help drive the local economy of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area by establishing strategic partnerships and promoting the region’s arts, crafts, music and cultural heritage.
An overview of a few of the finest golf courses in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, and eastern Tennessee.
Riverlink will give you tours of Chicken Hill, Richmond Hill Inn, Riverside Park, French Broad River Park, and Swannanoa River. Tours are $10 per person.
There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places.
Food Lion Skate Park is an outdoor skateboarding park at the corner of Flint and Cherry streets in downtown Asheville.
A 427-acre facility with a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and walking trails.
Wolf Laurel Slopes, Tubing available
One of America’s finest driving routes, following the the Blue Ridge Mountains from Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains.
Is a year round, non-profit organization for ages 8-18, using outdoor adventure education, service to others and environmental education.
Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, Tubing available
Roger Farmer Memorial Park
This 10.9-acre ballpark complex features three ballfields, a picnic shelter, picnic tables, concession and restrooms. The park is located on Deaverview Rd. in west Asheville.
The Kenilworth Park includes 3 acres of ballfields, basketball courts, picnic tables, a playground, restrooms, tennis courts, 2 grills and much more. Located in the heart of the Kenilworth neighborhood on Wyoming Rd. off of Kenilworth Rd.
Murray Hill Park
One of Asheville’s newest parks is in south Asheville on Bartlett St. in the South French Broad neighborhood. This 7 acre park features a walking trail and pavilion with benches and picnic tables.
Pack Square is the most historic section of the new Pack Square Park. New features in the square include more than a dozen comfortable benches, shade trees, broad brick sidewalks and a dramatic bronze and stone fountain. Pack Square has a long history as the center of life for over a century. It is home to many special events and highlighted by the Vance Monument. The square is 1 acre, and features a fountain, a memorial monument, handicap accessibility, and has on street parking.
Griffing Boulevard Rose Garden
The 0.8 acre Rose Garden located in North Asheville is a beautiful garden in the middle of Griffing Boulevard. Drive by and view the hundreds of rose bushes.
Walton St. Pool/Park
Located in south-central Asheville on Walton St., this 4.8-acre neighborhood park is popular for summer activities featuring an outdoor swimming pool complete with a concession and bath house, as well as, a softball field, basketball court, off street paved parking, a picnic shelter and a playground.
1410 Pisgah Highway, Chandler, NC
West Asheville Park
This 8.6 acre park is located in west Asheville on Vermont Ave. Ext. and home to Gassaway Field, a Little League baseball field. The park also features concessions and restrooms, a playground and a picnic shelter.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park
This 3.4 acre park is dedicated to the memory of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. The park inlcudes a lighted ballfield with scoreboard, concession stand, fitness court, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, open shelter, memorial statue, courtyard, and grills. To reserve the ballfield contact the Athletics Division, 828-251-4024 or 828-251-4026.
Ann Patton Joyce Park
This park features a toddler playgound and 2 acres to run and play on in the Beverly Hills community.
Ray L. Kisiah Park
The park consists of two lighted ballfields and a concession with restrooms. The park is located on West Chapel Rd. in south Asheville.
One of Asheville’s premier parks is located in the heart of downtown featuring large boulders with waterfalls, walkways, amphitheater-style seating and attractive landscaping. It is a favorite spot for special events and street performers.
The 2.9 acre Grove Park is a wonderful place to sit and eat lunch. Many people go there everyday to read and relax. The park has open shelters, large flowering trees, and a beautiful turn-of-the-century stone sitting wall.
This park is located in the historic Albemarle Park, east of Charlotte Street in North Asheville. The park is surrounded by the Manor Inn Apartments and the beautiful cottages. The park includes .5 acres of underdeveloped land.
This 7-acre neighborhood park is located in the heart of the Shiloh neighborhood on Shiloh Rd. in south Asheville and surrounded by the Linwood Crump Shiloh Center. It features a lighted ballfield with concession and restrooms, a basketball court, tennis court, playground, off street paved parking, picnic tables and a trail.
Roger Farmer Memorial Park
This 10.9 acre ballpark complex features three ballfields, a picnic shelter, a basketball court, picnic tables, concession and restrooms. The park is located on Deaverview Rd. in west Asheville.
Charlie Bullman Park
Named after an Asheville legend in youth sports, Charlie Bullman Park features 6 acres of two lighted ballfields, concession and restrooms. Located on New Haw Creek Rd. in east Asheville.
Pearson Bridge River Park
.4 acres, undeveloped, park on Riverside Drive and Pearson Bridge
This 3 acre, linear passive park is located along the Sunset Parkway and features natural areas and open space. On street parking.
The 7.7 acre park includes a lighted ballfield, three tennis courts, a playground, a picnic shelter, a concession and restrooms. Oakley Park is located on Fairview Rd. in east Asheville.
Seven Springs / Meadow Park / Forest Park
These neighborhood parks are located on Caledonia Rd. in the Kenilworth neighborhood in east Asheville featuring trails, natural areas and a playground. Seven Springs Park, Meadow Park and Forest Park are a series of neighborhood parks featuring trails, natural areas and a playground. Located on on Caledonia Rd. off Biltmore Ave., in Central Asheville.
Choctaw Street Park
This 6.5 acre park is a largely undeveloped neighborhood getaway located in central Asheville. It does include two tennis courts.
French Broad River Park
One of Asheville’s most beautiful parks, the park meanders alongside the tranquil French Broad River, and features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, a paved trail, a gazebo, picnic tables and grills, an observation deck, and a small playground. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in area made for exercising and socializing your pooch! Located at Amboy Rd. and Riverview Dr. in west Asheville.
Thomas Wolfe Plaza
Located in downtown Asheville on Woodfin St., this brick plaza is a peaceful spot to relax in the downtown area.
Richmond Hill Park
A large park located in West Asheville on Richmond Hill Dr. offering over 180-acres of natural wooded terrain and views of the French Broad River. Amenities include a disc golf course and a series of unpaved trails.
Pack Square Park
Pack Square Park is the best place to see amazing performances in Asheville. Almost all of the city’s activities are held here: Bele Chere, First Night Asheville, Fourth of July Fireworks, Shindig on the Green , and much more. It is within walking distance of some of the best resturants and cafes in Asheville.
The 6.6 acre park features a lighted ballfield, concession, a basketball court, playground, tennis courts, picnic shelter, handicap accessibility, paved off-street parking, a trail and a restroom. Weaver Park is located off Merrimon Ave. in north Asheville.
Amboy Road River Park
The park is located off of Amboy Road in West Asheville. It includes 6.5 acres that are currently under construction. The Park has added picnick tables and paved walking paths that follow the river. This is a great shady place to walk on hot summer evenings.
NC Dressage and Combined Training Association
Located on Lakewood Parkway, this 0.3 acre park is full of fun. It includes a basketball court, a newly remodeled playground, sandbox, picnic tables, and a field to play in. To reserve the park contact Harvest House, 828-350-2051
Malvern Hills Park
This is the only park in Asheville with a 50-foot by 150-foot outdoor swimming pool. It also includes a concession stand, picnic tables, picnic grills, playground, restrooms, open shelter, and tennis courts. Located at Rumbough and Sulphur Springs Rd. in west Asheville.
Glenn’s Creek Greenway
This one mile greenway is a beautiful green space with a wide, paved walking path with gorgeous old trees. It is located off Merrimon Avenue on Weaver Boulevard in North Asheville. This is the first phase of the Broadway Greenway. The Greenway begins at the corner of Broadway St., and W.T.Weaver Blvd. and follows follows W.T.Weaver Blvd. NE.
Located in the Montford Community, Magnolia Park features a half court basketball court, restrooms, an open shelter, playground, picnic tables, and a paved walking path.
White Pine Park
This 5-acre park is located in the White Pine neighborhood on White Pine Ct. in east Asheville and features open space and picnic tables.
Haw Creek Park
This park in east Asheville is 6.2 acres of beauty with wooden walking trails, a gazebo, restrooms and picnic tables. This is located at the conner of Avon and Beverly Roads in the Haw Creek.
Livingston Street Park
Located on 32.3 acres, Livingston Street Park has a ballfield, concession stand, tennis courts, and restrooms. The park is located in central Asheville off South French Broad Avenue.
The park is located on Hunt Hill St. in central Asheville with a ballfield, playground, picnic shelter, and on street parking.
.2 acres, undeveloped, Larchmont Road and Merrimon Avenue, 259-5800