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12 Gorgeous Fall Hikes Near Asheville

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

Best Fall Hikes Near Asheville, NC with brunette white male with green backpack hiking through fall foliage at Graveyard Loop
As AVL locals, we’ll share our favorite easy and chill fall foliage hikes near Asheville, NC.

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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? Isn’t that where all of those leaf-obsessed baby boomers head like candy-junkie toddlers?

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.

However, when we first moved to Western North Carolina (WNC), we headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) looking for the best fall hikes near Asheville. Elevations sneak up pretty fast along the gorgeous, twisty two-lane road filled with terrible drivers and waterfall hikes. The mountain colors and leaves always blow us away. I could have driven right off the cliff and never noticed. Take that, New England!

So as locals, where do we love to hike around Asheville in the fall? Below, we’ll share our favorite Asheville fall foliage hikes, let you know what to expect, and tell you when to go. Let’s get started!

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

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.

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.



What You Need To Know About The Blue Ridge Parkway In The Fall:

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. See 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.
  • I recommend driving with your lights on for the safety of everyone — not just in the tunnels.
  • 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 on one 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.
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 if you are chasing the leaves and even some waterfalls.

Our Favorite Fall Hikes Near Asheville On The Blue Ridge Parkway: Less Than 1-Hour Away

Truth: I am pretty terrible at navigation. In Florida, I’d always say that we were heading “down to CT.” It’s a form of expression, right? Right?!

With that said, these are the best fall hikes near Asheville, NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway from north to south that we love.

Don’t forget that we have a master list of hiking near Asheville, too, for all seasons.

Craggy Pinnacle

Craggy Pinnacle is one of the easiest and shortest fall hikes near Asheville. Many love ascending Craggy Pinnacle to catch a stunning sunset, too. The Craggy Pinnacle hike is only about 1.4-miles roundtrip, and we always take a few detours up when it’s not foggy. You’ll find at least three scenic viewing areas around the top.

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.

Fair warning: Fog loves to hug up on Craggy Pinnacle. Sometimes you’ll see nothing but the clouds. The 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 is located at milepost 364.1 on the Blue Ridge Parkway past the tunnel after the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center (driving north from Asheville). 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 bathroom facilities here.

Craggy Gardens

A hot spot for fall hiking near Asheville, Craggy Gardens is 20-miles away with a variety of hiking options and accessibility.

The Craggy Gardens Visitor Center has great views of the fall foliage 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.

Fall hikes near Asheville NC Craggy gardens two pictures with fall foliage and November sunset
For 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.

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. The main trail is just a little under 2-miles roundtrip with a gazebo and beautiful fields. 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. I always recommend wearing layers.

Craggy Gardens Access Points

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. Milepost 364.4-367.6 will help guide you.

Craven Gap

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.

Yup, 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.

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.

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

Find 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 roundtrip. 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. If we can do it, so can you.

Craven Gap Access

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. I’m not kidding. 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 or GPS N35.6479, W82.4910.

Graveyard Fields & Graveyard Loop Trail & Waterfalls

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. A lot of sites describe things that aren’t quite correct or are inconsistent.

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

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 Low Falls just past the Graveyard Loop Trailhead.

Be forewarned, heading to Upper Falls is confusing. The hike is about a 2.9-miles roundtrip out and back – or so we clocked at the big intersection. I’m pretty sure that we climbed the harder way up along the face of the falls; whoops.

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.

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 foliage.

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

Graveyard Fields Address

Graveyard Fields is at Milepost 418.8, south of Asheville. The tiny parking lot fills up, but you can safely park on the side of the road right before the entrance. Don’t leave your car hanging into the Blue Ridge Parkway. You will also find restroom facilities here.

Also in this area, don’t miss the Mount Pisgah Trail and hike to the summit for 360-degree views of the fall foliage.

Best Fall Nature Trail Hikes & Gardens In Asheville

These fall walks and hikes are all located within and around the downtown area of my favorite city, Asheville! Also, know that these are the most accessible places for non-avid hikers.

Biltmore Estate & Hiking Trails

Spying the Biltmore Estate’s fall foliage is the perfect way to get to know Asheville. Biltmore 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.

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.

In addition, the gardens are perfect for accessibility and are, of course, quaint and beautiful. You might also like our full Asheville parks and gardens list.

Biltmore Address

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

Full disclosure: 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+.

Botanical Gardens At Asheville

Imagine 10-acres of non-profit botanical gardens with small and easy nature trails at your disposal. Located near UNC-Asheville about 10-minutes from downtown Asheville, that’s exactly what you will encounter at the Botanical Gardens At Asheville.

I’m not really sure why all of the big tourism sites don’t mention the Botanical Gardens in Asheville for fall foliage hiking. Yes, they 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.

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.

These hikes are more like nature walks, but they are perfect for families, couples looking for romantic places, and some brisk exercise. 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.

Asheville Botanical Gardens Address:

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

Beaver Lake

I feel like the North Asheville locals might shoot me for this one (and I am one sooo whatever…). Although Beaver Lake has sensible rules that you must respect, anyone is allowed to park in the lots around the lake and walk the gorgeous grounds. The lake is technically private but open to all. We talk all about Beaver Lake Trail and Bird Sanctuary here.

What you will find is a gorgeous fall walk — a flat ‘hike’ — in the heart of well-established Asheville neighborhoods filled with trees and a sun-reflecting lake. Perfect for leaf-spying and bird watching, like the Botanical Gardens At Asheville, bring a blanket to surround yourself with the mountains.

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.

Fair warning: you do need a special permit if you have a pooch or for boating. And unlike the unfriendly Trip Advisor reviews, Beaver Lake is both beautiful and friendly.

Beaver Lake Address

Beaver Lake is about 8-10 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: 1020 US-25, Asheville, NC 28804. Past the sanctuary, you will find small lots off of Merrimon Ave. next to the lake. Parking is donation-based.

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 that no one knows about. Would I call their boardwalk trails serious hiking? No. However, you can enjoy a beautiful fall walk in nature in North Asheville.

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

Tree inside Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary Trail
While not technically a hiking trail, Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary is a gorgeous city reprieve in the fall.

This Asheville fall hiking suggestion is more for those looking to get outside and breathe in some fresh air versus trekking up a mountain.

Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary Address

Read more about Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. The Bird Sanctuary is located at 1020 US-25, Asheville, NC 28804. Parking and entry are free, but you can leave a donation.

The North Carolina Arboretum

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 also love their Winter Lights exhibit, which typically opens in November.

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

You can read all about The NC Arboretum here, and like Biltmore, we are annual passholders.

The North Carolina Arboretum Address

As of 2020, there is a $16 parking fee for personal vehicles. Visitors have access to their Bistro and be sure to check their website for special exhibits.

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

Fall Hikes Near Asheville: Hendersonville & Brevard

DuPont State Forest

Get ready for another one of our favorite fall hikes near Asheville: The Hunger Games waterfalls will always land on my hiking posts. This beautiful waterfall-filled State Park does not disappoint. DuPont State Forest is about 45-minutes from Asheville.

Triple & High Falls DuPont Forest two pictures with High and Triple Falls in the fall
If you are following these 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.

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.

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.

DuPont State Recreational Forest Address

Read more about DuPont State Forest. 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.

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Our Bucket List Fall Hikes Near Asheville, NC

Although we hike a lot, there are quite a few fall hikes near Asheville, NC that we still need to complete in October. Below, find a few top-recommended fall hikes from friends or that we’ve researched for upcoming weekend trips.

Other fall hikes near Asheville, NC that I’m hoping to add that are not mentioned below include Beacon Heights, Mount Mitchell (another hike rumored to be tough), and Rough Ridge at Tanawha Trail.

Looking Glass Rock Trail

We’ve seen Looking Glass Rock from the Blue Ridge Parkway heading back from the Mount Pisgah area after hiking at Graveyard Fields. We’ve also parked at the overlook to hike to Skinny Dip Falls.

Looking Glass Rock From Blue Ridge Parkway
This is the view of Looking Glass Rock from afar on the Blue Ridge Parkway heading back to Asheville from Graveyard Fields. Drive a little further to find a stunning view of the Biltmore.

About 45-minutes from downtown Asheville in Brevard, you can find an easy hiking trail off of the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway. I’ve heard Looking Glass is a beast that will take you 4-5 hours for about 6-6.5 miles roundtrip. I’d say you deserve some beer after this one.

You can read a little more about Looking Glass Rock Trail on Explore Asheville.

Looking Glass Rock Trail Location

The Looking Glass Rock Trail GPS coordinates are N35.290937, W82.776548.

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is another area seething with tourist popularity. Just 25-miles from Asheville, all of our non-native North Carolina friends have visited except us. Sigh.

Head up to the top of the 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.

Yes, unlike most of the other fall hikes on this list, you will need admission tickets. As of 2020, adult admission is $17 and a youth admission ticket is $8.

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.

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!

This post originally published in November 2019 and has been updated for 2020.

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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.

Keri

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

I laughed at the psycho drivers comment! It must be a thing in the Appalachians. I've had many terrifying experiences driving through the mountains of TN!

I love the sound of all of these hikes! They are just my level. I like those easy strolls, but sometimes something slightly more challenging is good too! I need to get down there to check some of them out. It's not a bad drive!

I am loving your new site. It looks amazing! I can't wait to read more about Asheville!

Christine

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

I might just have to write a post about all of the crazy things that I see drivers do on the BRP! I think people forget that they are on an active road where it's hard to see too far ahead. Plus, people just randomly slam on the breaks to dive into the overlooks. Others literally stop in the middle of the Parkway or park half in the road with their doors left open while taking a selfie. We watched this girl do just that and climb a semi-dangerous rock ledge just to get that selfie. If she fell...ahhh!

I'm driving through TN soon--I'll be on the lookout, ekkkk!!!

We love a good moderate hike or a casual walk. I am not sure that we have the right gear yet for anything wilder.

You definitely have to visit. I just saw your newsletter. You've been traveling a ton, and I cannot wait to read about it.