Fun in the mountains in Asheville! From rafting and rock climbing to hiking and biking, activities for visitors of all ages.
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!
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.
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. The 2015 season is now in full force! Go Tourists!
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.
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.
The Lodge, Loft and Studio at Shoji offer unique, luxurious and cozy accommodations surrounded by the majesty of nature overlooking the Pisgah National Forest and minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, serenity and scenery are paramount, yet only 8 minutes from downtown Asheville. Spectacular views and fireplaces in each unit make this the perfect couple’s escape! Spa packages and extended stay discounts available.
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 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.
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.
The Western Carolina Botanical Club (WCBC) was founded in 1973 by a small group of residents in Western North Carolina who wanted to learn about the plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The mission of the Club is to identify and study native plants and their habitats and to advocate the protection of biodiversity in our natural world.
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.
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.
We offer one-hour flights in and around the Great Smokey Mountains. We are located just minutes from Asheville, NC. We fly in one of the best areas for hot air ballooning. The views you will see from the balloon are spectacular.
Wildland Trekking provides adventurous 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sensibilities has created a warm, serene environment in which to shop and experience wonderful spa services. The carefully selected bath/body products, fountains, aromatherapy candles and more will help you extend the spa experience to your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 427-acre facility with a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and walking trails. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393, and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. Please note that the Arboretum recently increased its personal vehicle parking fee to $14 in order to help sustain new and future upgrades at the Arboretum and also create more job opportunities. Also, commercial vehicle parking is $50, bus parking is $100, and the first Tuesday of each month is half off personal vehicle parking.
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.
Visit the 35th Annual Asheville Quilt Show “All Things Bright And Beautiful” from Sept 29th through October 1st. The show takes place Friday and Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the WNC Agriculture Center, Davis Center. Featuring over 400 quilts, quilts for sale, kids sewing station, a hand-made item gift shop, vendors, and product raffle. Entrance fee is $7 and parking is free.
Asheville-themed gift and apparel for locals and visitors alike. This unique store offers a wide range of apparel including community-inspired t-shirts, jackets, hoodies and hats for adults and children – along with their higher-end line, NCline. MTN Merch offers a select number of locally-made products and gifts from woodworking to leather, soaps and food items. MTN Merch’s mission is to provide products that embrace the adventurous mountain lifestyle of the Asheville area while supporting the local community through proceeds and initiatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Asheville.com is proud to be an Advocate of the YWCA of Asheville.
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.
Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, Tubing available
Food Lion Skate Park is an outdoor skateboarding park at the corner of Flint and Cherry streets in downtown Asheville.
Nearly 500,000 acres of protected forest, featuring hundreds of miles hiking, biking, and horse trails, waterfalls, and beautiful mountaintop views.
An overview of a few of the finest golf courses in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, and eastern Tennessee.
Wolf Laurel Slopes, Tubing available
Is a year round, non-profit organization for ages 8-18, using outdoor adventure education, service to others and environmental education.
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.
One of America’s finest driving routes, following the Blue Ridge Mountains from Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains.
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.
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.
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.
Pearson Bridge River Park
.4 acres, undeveloped, park on Riverside Drive and Pearson Bridge
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
.2 acres, undeveloped, Larchmont Road and Merrimon Avenue, 259-5800
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.
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.
Ann Patton Joyce Park
This park features a toddler playgound and 2 acres to run and play on in the Beverly Hills community.
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.
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.
The park is located on Hunt Hill St. in central Asheville with a ballfield, playground, picnic shelter, and on street parking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Wolfe Plaza
Located in downtown Asheville on Woodfin St., this brick plaza is a peaceful spot to relax in the downtown area.
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.
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.
Choctaw Street Park
This 6.5 acre park is a largely undeveloped neighborhood getaway located in central Asheville. It does include two tennis courts.
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.
This 3 acre, linear passive park is located along the Sunset Parkway and features natural areas and open space. On street parking.
NC Dressage and Combined Training Association
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, 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.