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…

Hunting season dates can be found in our hunting guide.

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 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)

River and Earth Adventures, Inc.
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. Please call us today at 866-411 RAFT


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.
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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
“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