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14 Gorgeous Fall Hikes Near Asheville

Are you looking for the best fall hikes near Asheville, NC? Check out these stunning fall foliage trails to catch brilliant Western North Carolina fall colors.

I had no idea that Asheville could be this beautiful in the fall. A native New Englander, the leaves spoiled us with stunning colors ensconced within beautiful Victorian homes filled with spooky ghosts.

Nothing could beat a New England fall, right?

However, when we first moved to Western North Carolina (WNC), we headed out along the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) looking for the best fall hikes near Asheville. The fall leaves in Asheville and along the Blue Ridge Parkway are magnificent.

Elevations sneak up pretty fast along the misty and twisty two-lane road filled with cascading waterfalls, 360-degree views, and hiking trails. The North Carolina fall colors and leaves never fail to take away our breath.

I could have driven right off the cliff and never even noticed. Take that, New England!

Where are the best Asheville fall colors hiding? Where do we love to hike around Asheville in the fall? Below, we’ll share our favorite Asheville fall foliage hikes. We’ll also tell you what to expect and when to go.

Don’t miss a gorgeous Western North Carolina fall. Let’s get started!

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As AVL locals, we’ll share the best fall foliage hikes near Asheville, NC.

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14 Best Fall Hikes Near Asheville

1. Black Balsam Via The Art Loeb or Sam Knob Trails

Black Balsam Via Art Loeb Trail Blue Ridge Parkway with Blue Ridge Mountains during fall foliage with reds, greens, and oranges
One of the best fall hikes near Asheville and our personal favorite, head to Black Balsam along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

As locals, if we had to pick one spot for gorgeous Asheville fall colors, I’d say head to Black Balsam or anywhere around this area of the BRP. It will be packed, though.

Nothing beats a Blue Ridge Parkway fall. Black Balsam and Graveyard Fields are two Asheville fall hikes that peak pretty early on. Their Western North Carolina fall colors are outstanding and slightly unbelievable.

You can hike around Black Balsam via the Art Loeb or Sam Knob Trails. If you stay on the Art Loeb Trail, the hike to Black Balsam is about 2 miles round trip.

You could also continue along the Art Loeb Trail to Tennent Mountain. We suggest good maps around this area; we use a paid subscription of the GAIA app on our Garmin.

Black Balsam Address

Address: Black Balsam Knob Rd, Canton, NC 28716

Black Balsam is located at Milepost 420 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. You’ll find numerous lots and parking areas around multiple access points and trailheads. The main lot has basic restrooms.

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2. Graveyard Fields & Loop

Fall Foliage Hikes Near Asheville NC Graveyard Fields with boardwalk trail surrounded by red and orange fall foliage
One of our all-time favorite fall hikes near Asheville, we love Graveyard Fields. Only a small portion of Graveyard Loop has a boardwalk. Be prepared for both mud and beautiful North Carolina fall colors.

Located right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway past the Mount Pisgah area, Graveyard Fields is one-hour+ from Asheville. The trails boast of two unique, rocky waterfalls: Upper and Lower (Second) Falls.

You’ll find many hiking trails/runoffs here that can get a little confusing.

Lower Falls is about .4-miles from the trailhead when you take a right after the footbridge. You will need to loop back to hit the actual Graveyard Loop.

Be forewarned, heading to Upper Falls is confusing. The hike is about a 2.9 miles round trip – or so we clocked at the big intersection. We climbed the harder way up along the face of the falls.

Graveyard Loop Trail Low Falls With Fall Foliage
If you are looking for fall hikes near Asheville filled with gorgeous waterfalls, don’t miss Graveyard Field’s Lower Falls just past the Graveyard Loop Trailhead.

A much harder hike, you will climb slippery rocks and have to wade through sometimes higher streams. The mud is for real after some rain.

My husband started humming the song from the NeverEnding Story. I totally felt Artax-triggered.

This beautiful Asheville fall hike also catches a view of Black Balsam Knob and intersects with the Mountains-To-Sea Trail. There are other trails around Graveyard Loop, including Graveyard Ridge Trail, which is easy to accidentally turn onto.

Graveyard Fields Address

Address: Graveyard Fields, Canton, NC 28716

Graveyard Fields is at Milepost 418.8 south of Asheville. The tiny parking lot fills up quickly. You will also find basic restroom facilities here.

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3. Mount Pisgah Trail

Mount Pisgah Blue Ridge Parkway with views from observation deck
Mount Pisgah lights up with those North Carolina fall colors.

I’m pretty sure everyone knows Mount Pisgah, especially in the fall. Visitors swarm this area for hiking, picnics, cabins, and the Inn.

For a harder fall hike near Asheville, the Mount Pisgah Trail is a moderate 2.6 mile out and back. With a 750-foot elevation gain, the top peaks out at a 5,721-foot summit at the observation deck.

The rocks are slippery, and hiking poles aren’t necessarily a bad idea. Across the street, find a picnic area.

Mount Pisgah Address

Address: Mount Pisgah Trail, North Carolina 28716

Mount Pisgah is around Milepost 407.6 along the Blue Ridge Parkway. You could also pair this hike with Graveyard Fields or Black Balsam. Skinny Dip Falls is out this way.

For the best Asheville fall colors, you may also enjoy Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower.

4. Craggy Pinnacle

Best Fall Hikes Near Asheville Craggy Pinnacle with brunette woman looking out at Asheville watershed with a pink coat and ear warmer
On a clear day, you can see the Asheville Watershed from Craggy Pinnacle. One of the most popular areas and fall hikes near Asheville, NC, don’t miss the 360-degree views. Be sure to head to Craggy Gardens, too.

Craggy Pinnacle is one of the shortest fall hikes near Asheville. Many love ascending Craggy Pinnacle to catch a stunning sunset.

The Craggy Pinnacle hike is only about 1.4 miles round trip. We always take a few detours when it’s not foggy. You’ll find at least three scenic viewing areas around the top.

Fog loves to hug up on Craggy Pinnacle. Sometimes you’ll see nothing except the clouds.

The Craggy Pinnacle Trail also becomes icier late into October/early November, especially after rain. The foliage dissipates around then too.

One year, Asheville had unseasonably chilly temps in the 20s. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

We’ve hiked Craggy Pinnacle during both the fog and ice, and I promise you, it’s slippery. Wear good hiking shoes.

While a moderate hike up, at the peak you can see the Asheville Watershed, Craggy Gardens, and Mount Mitchell.

How To Get To Craggy Pinnacle

Craggy Pinnacle: 3641 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Barnardsville, NC 28709

Driving north from Asheville, Craggy Pinnacle is located at Milepost 364.1 on the Blue Ridge Parkway past the tunnel after the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center.

The lot entrance isn’t well labeled as you turn in, but you’ll see a two-tiered parking lot and signs once you enter. ‘Craggy Dome’ is the official trailhead. There are no restrooms here.

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5. Craggy Gardens

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For top fall hikes near Asheville, NC, you cannot go wrong with Craggy Gardens. The drive there is beautiful, and you can pick up multiple hikes in and around the area. Pack a picnic, too.

A hot spot for fall hiking near Asheville, Craggy Gardens is 20 miles north of AVL.

The Craggy Gardens Visitor Center provides stunning views of the Asheville fall colors along with restrooms, snacks, and a souvenir shop.

You can even pick up multiple trails — Douglas Falls and Craggy Gardens — although parking is limited and a tad stressful.

You can also park at the Craggy Garden Picnic Area before the Visitor Center where there is an abundance of parking, charcoal grills, restrooms, and another entrance to the trails. We prefer this lot.

The main Craggy Gardens trail is just a little under 2 miles round trip with a gazebo and beautiful fields known as Craggy Flats. Of course, you’ll find flowers and heart-stopping mountain views.

Don’t forget that the temps are a tad chillier up here. The air can be at least 10-15 degrees cooler than downtown Asheville, if not more. We always recommend wearing layers.

Craggy Gardens Access Points

Address: Craggy Gardens Visitor Center (MP 364.4) – 364 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Black Mountain, NC 28711 or Craggy Gardens Picnic Area (MP 367.6) – 3676 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Barnardsville, NC 28709

Craggy Gardens (not including the Dome) has two easy access points off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. One is at the Visitor Center and the other is from the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area. Mileposts 364.4-367.6 will help guide you.

6. Craven Gap

Craven Gap Hiking Trail with brunette white woman in hiking clothes looking out at the Blue Ridge Mountains
Unlike the other fall hikes near Asheville, Craven Gap is much more secluded with fewer views. However, narrow paths, quaint streams, and this view await you… Plus, I’ll follow in Michelle Obama’s footsteps any day.

Craven Gap is pretty special and probably one of the most local fall hikes in Asheville. You won’t find a ton of breathtaking vistas here, but this trail is much more off of the beaten path.

…Unless you are Michelle and Barack Obama.

Back in 2010, the Obamas hiked here, allegedly because the trails see much more privacy and security. You can check out their visit on Blue Ridge Outdoors here.

I love the Craven Gap hike for Asheville fall foliage. The trail spits you out onto the Blue Ridge Parkway at the other end.

Encounter mini-caves, a wooden bridge, and ladder steps along with endless baby streams. To some, Craven Gap is underwhelming if you want those Craggy Garden views. To others, enjoy the local quiet.

Craven Gap is part of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail and is a little under 5 miles round trip. You can pick up other trails, too.

While moderate, the Craven Gap hike is a tad tiring as well as narrow. Follow the blaze on the trees to make sure that you are still on the trail, but truly, it’s not that confusing.

Craven Gap Access

Address: Craven Gap Trail, Asheville, NC 28805

The trailhead to Craven Gap is actually unmarked and sits at the end of a winding dirt road. Look for the off-road parking lot with a tiny staircase.

There are no facilities here so it’s just you and Mother Nature…and maybe some black bears. You will want to look for Milepost 377.4.

7. Biltmore Estate & Hiking Trails

Fall Hiking Trails Near Asheville Biltmore with view of fall trees from the loggia
Dreaming of wine, fall cocktails, and some of the best fall hikes in Asheville? Head to the iconic Biltmore and see how the Vanderbilts lived.

Spying the Biltmore’s fall foliage is the perfect way to get to know Asheville. Biltmore Estate is rich in history and forestry education.

Did you know that Biltmore has over 22-miles of trails and gardens? For those looking for fall hikes in Asheville paired with wine, visitors can easily spend a day here.

Encounter walking, running, and biking trails. Some trails are as long as 3.5 miles and range from moderate to challenging.

In addition, the gardens are perfect for accessibility and are, of course, quaint and beautiful. Don’t miss our complete Asheville parks and gardens list.

Biltmore Address

The Biltmore is located at 1 Lodge Street Asheville, NC. Read more about the Biltmore Estate Trails.

In order to enter any part of the Biltmore Estate, you must have a ticket or annual pass. This goes for the winery and restaurants, too. Tickets will cost you around $60+.

8. Botanical Gardens At Asheville

Botanical Gardens In Asheville NC with nature trail and fall foliage
If you are looking for fall hikes near Asheville but prefer easy and short nature trails, don’t miss the Botanical Gardens At Asheville, which are free to the public.

Imagine 10 acres of non-profit botanical gardens with small and easy nature trails at your disposal. Talk about easy-to-access Asheville fall colors in your own secret garden.

Located near UNC-Asheville about 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, that’s exactly what you will encounter at the Botanical Gardens At Asheville.

Sure, these gardens aren’t the Blue Ridge Parkway or as vibrant, but the landscape is cozy and sweet. Plus, you can bring a picnic or a book to just chill. Hide from the crowds

Enjoy nature walks perfect for families and couples looking for a romantic spot. During the day, the grounds are especially peaceful.

Find a literary cabin in the woods, beautiful bridges, rock formations, labeled flora and fauna, and large streams, too.

Asheville Botanical Gardens Address:

Admission and parking into the Botanical Gardens At Asheville are free. The Botanical Gardens At Asheville are located at 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. Asheville, NC 28804.

9. Beaver Lake Perimeter Trail & Bird Sanctuary

Beaver Lake Asheville NC red tree in front of the blue lake
Out of all of the fall hikes near Asheville on our list, Beaver Lake is perfect for bird watchers.

Although a private lake in North Asheville, Beaver Lake is open to the public. Beaver Lake has sensible rules and requires a permit for dogs.

Encounter a flat, 2-mile loop around the lake and into the Bird Sanctuary. Pass quaint Asheville houses.

Perfect for leaf-spying and bird watching, like the Botanical Gardens At Asheville, bring a blanket to surround yourself with the mountains.

Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary

Personally, I love that you can walk to the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary & Trail from Beaver Lake or vice versa. Plus, the sanctuary is another free gem. Dogs are not permitted in the sanctuary.

Would I call their boardwalk serious hiking? No. However, you can enjoy a beautiful fall walk in nature in North Asheville.

Here, discover birds, dragonflies, and butterflies on 8 acres of land. Stay on the boardwalk and marked paths. They also host bird walks on the first Saturday of the month.

Beaver Lake Address

Beaver Lake is about 8 to 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Asheville. There is no one address for the lake but you can use the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary as an idea: 1056 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804.

Past the sanctuary, you will find small lots off Merrimon Ave. next to the lake or near the golf course.

10. The North Carolina Arboretum

The NC Arboretum Asheville NC with two pictures; one of the fountain and the second of the quilt garden with colorful flowers
Filled with trails and gardens, you’ll love The NC Arboretum in the winter and fall. Don’t miss their special events, too.

Located in the southern Appalachian Mountains south of downtown AVL and off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, adventure to The NC Arboretum with botanical gardens and some of the easiest fall hikes in Asheville.

We love The NC Arboretum’s Winter Lights exhibit, which typically opens in November. Like Biltmore, we are annual passholders.

The North Carolina Arboretum Address

As of 2021, there is a $16 parking fee for personal vehicles. Visitors have access to their Bistro and be sure to check The NC Arboretum website for special exhibits.

The NC Arboretum is located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806.

11. Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Lake Powhatan Hard Times Trail Bent Creek Experimental Forest with lake surrounded by trees
Don’t skip the Bent Creek Experimental Forest trails around Lake Powhatan.

For mountain bikers and hikers, you can also pick up The Hard Times Trail which lands in both the Bent Creek Experimental Forest and The NC Arboretum.

It is free to access the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, and there are a plethora of trails ranging in length and difficulty. You’ll also encounter Lake Powhatan and a waterfall dam.

A more local Asheville hiking and biking area, parking along the road and lots will fill up on weekends.

We love coming here to catch those vibrant Asheville fall colors without actually hopping on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Bent Creek Experimental Forest Location

Located immediately before The NC Arboretum and entrance to the BRP, look for parking around the Hard Times Trailhead at 375 Wesley Branch Rd, Asheville, NC 28806.

Grab a sandwich and sub lunch at Apollo Flame Bistro on your way out.

12. DuPont State Forest

Triple & High Falls DuPont Forest two pictures with High and Triple Falls in the fall
For one of the best waterfall fall hikes near Asheville, don’t miss High Falls (left) and Triple Falls (right) at DuPont State Forest. Triple Falls is where they filmed parts of The Hunger Games.

Another one of our favorite fall hikes near Asheville: The Hunger Games waterfalls are gorgeous.

This beautiful waterfall-filled State Park does not disappoint. DuPont State Forest is about 45-minutes from Asheville.

If you park at the Hooker Falls Access Area, head straight before crossing the scenic bridge. Follow the trail about .25-miles in for Hooker Falls.

Then, loop back up over the bridge for a moderate climb to see Triple Falls and High Falls. DuPont also has a walking loop with picnic areas, a covered bridge, and a visitor center.

You can go one step further to Bridal Veil Falls, too, which is an additional 4-mile hike.

Hooker Falls DuPont State Forest waterfalls with large swimming hole
If waterfalls make your heart sing, out of all of the fall hikes near Asheville, NC, I’d head to DuPont Forest. Hooker Falls is a short and easy walk from the access area.

DuPont is truly one of the best fall hikes near Asheville if you are hoping to catch multiple waterfalls without a treacherous hike. DuPont Forest will fill up in the fall. Get there early.

Afterward, head to Hendersonville for the best apple orchards near Asheville or wine taste at one of Hendersonville’s delicious wineries.

DuPont State Recreational Forest Address

It is free to park at DuPont. We typically park at the Hooker Falls Access Area, which has restroom facilities. If parking fills up, you might have to drive to other lots. You cannot park on the side of the road.

13. Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock North Carolina Fall with rock jutting out with American flag and view of Lake Lure
Chimney Rock is one of the most popular Asheville fall destinations not along the BRP.

Chimney Rock is another area seething with fall visitor popularity. Just 25 miles from Asheville, you will have to pay to enter this state park.

Head up to the top of Chimney Rock where you can either take the stairs or elevator to see views of Lake Lure. 

Check out one of their numerous hiking trails that range in length and difficulty, or rest up in Chimney’s little shopping and restaurant village.

Don’t miss the hike to Hickory Nut Falls, too. Nearby, you could skip the crowds and hike Wildcat Rock to Little Bearwallow Falls instead.

Chimney Rock Address:

Chimney Rock is located at 431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC 28720.

14. Bearwallow Mountain

Bearwallow Mountain Fall NC with gravel trail covered with leaves
Bearwallow Mountain has two fairly easy trails that lead you up to a pasture filled with moody cows and gorgeous North Carolina fall colors.

You can hike Bearwallow Mountain as a 2-mile loop or out and back via its access road and forest trail. The access road is a much easier hike and is perfect for families or those carrying picnic supplies.

Since the top is a grassy meadow sometimes filled with cows, look out for their well… you know… Plan to take your trash with you.

Bearwallow Mountain peaks at 4,232-feet and is aligned with the Eastern Continental Divide. Many hike here for yoga and sunsets, too.

On a clear day, you can see Mount Mitchell, the Black Mountains, Mount Pisgah, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Hickory Nut Gorge. Views go as far out as South Carolina.

Bearwallow Mountain Address

From Asheville take I-240 to US-74 Alt East toward Bat Cave. Stay on US-74 Alt.

You’ll turn right onto Bearwallow Mountain Road and land on a gravel road, which can be rough on your car. The Bearwallow Mountain trail address is: 4854 Bearwallow Mountain Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792

You’ll see cars pulled off along the road, a metal gate, and marked entrances for Trombatore and Bearwallow. You can also hike Trombatore Trail to Blue Ridge Pastures, which is a more moderate 5-mile trek.

When Can You Catch The Best Fall Foliage Hikes Near Asheville?

Fall leaf hikes around Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway fall foliage in mountains
We love these fall foliage views from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Asheville hiking trails.

Most years, the fall hits Asheville, North Carolina like sour beer hits my taste buds. One week, we see temperatures creeping into the 90s. I might sweat my butt off in that corn maze at Stepp’s Orchard.

The following week?! Sneaky fall has arrived with literally no warning along with those 40-degree evenings.

Where can you find the best Asheville fall colors?

Every year, Romantic Asheville predicts the AVL Fall Color Forecast. Peak fall foliage typically depends on the weather that season.

Usually, the third and fourth weeks of October are a solid time to catch vibrant fall colors.

Driving The Blue Ridge Parkway In The Fall In Asheville

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall foliage near Asheville NC
The Blue Ridge Parkway has amazing fall foliage hikes near Asheville, NC. You won’t regret driving down any part of the BRP in fall if you are chasing the leaves and even some waterfalls.

I always feel like I am driving in Iceland with the sporadic and sometimes scarier road closures on the BRP:

  • Always check with the National Park Service (NPS) before heading out on the Blue Ridge Parkway if you start seeing rather sketchy weather. Long stretches may close, which sometimes you’ll catch first on your GPS as well. Find all of the NPS closures here and look under ‘Weather,’ specifically to see if the Blue Ridge Parkway gates are closed.
  • Know that the fog rolls in and out just like at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. One second the road is there and the next, it’s gone. The same goes for those gorgeous views at places like Craggy Pinnacle. I do love driving in a cloud, though.
  • Many tourists will crawl under the speed limit — those winding roads are tricky if you are not used to them — so allow for extra time vs what your GPS says.
  • There are a ton of overlooks on the BRP. Expect the car in front of you to dive off into an overlook lot without signaling at any given time. Please signal. Please.
  • Watch for black bears and wildlife crossing the road…and people walking down random parts of the BRP when they shouldn’t.
  • Also, please beware of bikers and cars going around bikers, especially on those blind turns.
  • Cellular service comes in and out. Navigate the Blue Ridge Parkway with offline maps and via milepost markers.

Fall Hiking Near Asheville, NC & Need A Place To Stay? We Recommend:

Asheville, NC Hotels

Hotels and B&Bs tend to book up fast in Asheville, especially in the fall, spring, and around holidays. Make dinner reservations wherever you can, too. A few hotels to consider that either we, our friends, or others highly recommend include:

Downtown Asheville
The Foundry Hotel
AC Hotel By Marriott Downtown Asheville
Hotel Indigo
Aloft – Downtown Asheville *One of our top picks; they renovated in 2020

Near The Asheville Outlets/Biltmore
Hampton Inn And Suites Asheville Biltmore Area *Our second favorite pick. We stayed here before we moved.
DoubleTree By Hilton Biltmore/Asheville
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

North Asheville/Montford
The Omni Grove Park Inn *We frequently stop by the Grove Park Inn for sunsets, drinks, and food.
1900 Inn On Montford

Don’t miss our Top Asheville Hotel, Resort & B&B Picks Here.

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Which of these fall hikes near Asheville, NC have you tried?

What are your favorite fall hikes near Asheville so far? What’s on your Asheville fall bucket list?

Are you a leaf chaser, too? What are your favorite states to see the foliage? Mine are Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. Let us know in the comments!

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Kimberly

Saturday 28th of August 2021

My son (7) and I are visiting this area for the first time in October. I can't wait to see all the beautiful fall foliage and waterfalls! We're from the AZ desert, where we don't have much fall (or falls) to speak of. Thanks for putting this list together - it's a bucket list trip for sure!

Christine

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

I hope you have a wonderful trip. WNC should be gorgeous in October. Thanks so much for the kind comment, too.

Barbara

Monday 11th of November 2019

I'm planning on being in Asheville in January. Hoping it won't be too cold to do some of these. I definitely want to see the Biltmore Estate.

Christine

Monday 11th of November 2019

That's awesome. Please let us know when you are here: blogger meet-up! As long as it is not icy, I think you will definitely be able to do some of these hikes. It's supposed to *maybe* snow here tomorrow, but I've heard that this is rare and early for Asheville. I don't think the winters are that harsh from what I've heard (and we are both Northerners), but I have yet to live through one.

Lauren Elena

Saturday 9th of November 2019

I really want to go to Asheville and go hiking!! I love hiking when I do it. I wish places in NY were more accessible for me to get to. I mean it can be done but I have to find some hiking buddies. I’ve done most my hiking in the summers in NH. I love it! The longest hike I’ve done involved climbing down some steep rocks and shimmying through narrow crevices. I looked down and looked at my brother like- is that the direction we’re going? Yup! It ended up being one of the coolest hikes I’ve done! Another awesome one was when we blazed our own trail around the Needle’s Eye in South Dakota. So amazing!! I NEED to hike more. It’s so fun to work hard, explore, and then get a cool pay off. So beautiful. These hikes in Asheville look and sound incredible! I have to go one day! I’m glad you mentioned which ones have restrooms. Haha! That’s one thing I get nervous about but I’ve also gotten bolder about that, ya know, if it’s a loooong hike.‍♀️

You cracked me up about your sense of direction. I was such a terrible daughter that when we moved to Ga and my mom kept saying, we’re going down to NY or Ct., I let her have it. “IT’S UP MOM. GEEZ!” My poor mom. We both have terrible senses of direction which will probably make us pretty bad Amazing Race partners, but we’re still doing it!

Love your post and new site!!

Christine

Monday 11th of November 2019

AHAHA, we'd be terrible Amazing Racers too because we would stop and take pictures of the dogs and drink WAY too much after each race. The cute animals would distract us. There is so much not in our favor, but we would still win.

When we went hiking in Ireland at the Burren, I was grossly unprepared. We actually didn't even know what the Burren was but heard we needed to check it out. I ended up hiking in the wrong clothes, and we arrived right after a pub visit. The hike took HOURS in the wide-open across rocks, and I definitely had to...mark my trail from all that beer. Tom saw a whole other side of me, literally. AHAHA. I appreciate restrooms--even semi-gross ones--because when a trail is frequented, it's super hard to pop a squat, especially on the side of a rocky mountain. TMI? Maybe. But true.

I'd love to visit either of the Dakotas. That's so cool! Some of the best hikes are definitely the ones where you think, "where the f' am I?!"

You'd love Asheville SO much, and I will definitely take you hiking. Tom and I still need to brave some of the harder trails. We are just warming up.

Dagney

Saturday 9th of November 2019

I think Beaver Lake is my fave (both in look and in name). But honestly, all of these look gorgeous! I'm also partial to Botanical Gardens. There's one on the Isle of Wight we keep meaning to check out (supposedly it's haunted as well...).

Although I'm not a big hiker these days (what even are the outdoors?), but growing up in Colorado, I loved a good fall hike. I do have to say that on the whole, Europe is lacking in that beautiful fall foliage that at least parts of the US is famous for. Not that it's entirely absent, and to be fair, I am writing this from dreary England where we HAVE lovely fall colours, you just wouldn't know cause it's grey everywhere.

Oh, and I of course love the name Graveyard Loop. But I'd probably die while hiking it haha. Also, I love/hate that Tom started humming the Neverending Story tune. That is 100% what Jeremy would be doing and I would also feel a tad triggered.

Christine

Monday 11th of November 2019

We love Beaver Lake since it is so close and is tied to the bird sanctuary. You definitely catch some amazing wildlife and beautiful mountain reflections.

Ohhhhhhh, haunted botanical gardens? That sounds intriguing! What makes them haunted?! I can only imagine...

Haha, dreary England would put me in that very same mood. The last time I was in London, it snowed in April. I don't think I saw the sun once. Europe does lack fall foliage although I do love their parks and the fact that people use them. Riga was especially amazing for that.

I still need to figure out how Graveyard Loop got its name--ahaha!

OK: while we were on our Clarksville trip, we watched this weather channel documentary on quicksand. Don't even ask...I couldn't sleep. ARTAX never could have died by quicksand. We learned that it is a myth that he would get completely sucked in and drown. Yes, he could have died from the elements but not drowning. SO SCREW THAT AWFUL MOVIE lol.

Sarah

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

Wow, so many great hiking trails! I'm not the biggest fan of hiking but I have to admit, these trails sound wonderful and I bet they are absolutely stunning in the fall. I'm sure they are great other times of the year but there is something about fall hikes that are extra special. Our fall came and went in a hurry and now we have edged into winter already. Hiking won't really be something we can do again until May. My husband would love the Looking Glass Rock hike, he's all about the hard hikes. I'm a fan of the easy gentle hikes.

Christine

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

I always think that hiking sounds like a good idea until I am two hours in and tired lol! That's when I start daydreaming about lunch, dinner, or meatball grinders.

For these fall hikes, I think you'd love Beaver Lake and all of the botanical gardens since they are much more like casual walks in the woods. They are great for exercise and beautiful without the demanding physical strain.

I've heard that most of these hikes are especially beautiful in the spring and early summer with the flowers that bloom. We've been to the Biltmore in the spring with all of their flowers and that's just gorgeous. It sounds like many of these places see rhododendrons in June along with other vibrant flora (that I have yet to see).

We need to do Looking Glass--I don't think we've hiked for a big stretch like that in a long time, if ever. It seems a tad intimidating. I'd need major snacks or a picnic lol!

Like you guys, I definitely think part of the winter season may stop us from hiking since we don't do so hot on ice without the right shoes. Of course, our winter is much milder than yours. My FL blood still doesn't love the freezing cold either. It seems like people hike all year here, as long as the roads and paths stay open. Asheville is so active.