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]asheville.com

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

Hunting season dates can be found in our hunting guide.

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

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

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 Cabins
Enjoy the breathtaking views from Scenic Wolf’s spacious cabins year round! Count the mountain ridges with 70+ mile views from your 4,300 ft cabin! 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! Wintertime guests enjoy being at the top of the slopes for Wolf Ridge Ski Area – walk to the slopes from a cabin! 27 properties, $215-$493/night. Breathtaking views, spacious cabins, fireplaces, private hot tubs, glass-enclosed heated pool, pet friendly, Wi-Fi, free local fun including a Biltmore pass, seasonal whitewater rafting & zipline trip, and skiing in winter!
(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.


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.


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.
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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
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