Asheville TrailsbyTrailful Outdoor Co

Rolling mountains cloaked in lush, green forests stretch to infinity on the horizon. Sun-drenched, grassy mountain balds reach skyward, covered in wild blueberries and abundant wildflowers. Crystal-clear trout streams tumble over moss-covered boulders, cascading in currents of whitewater and tumbling over breathtaking waterfalls. Towering ridge lines frame plunging valleys here in the southernmost stretches of the Appalachian Mountains, some of the oldest mountains in the world. And winding and weaving through this stunning terrain and stretches of the Pisgah National Forest are meandering trails and footpaths that explore their beauty, offering some seriously exceptional hiking near Asheville, one of the South’s most beloved mountain towns.

Nestled in the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC, our town is well-loved for its vibrant culture, abundant arts, fantastic cuisine, and close proximity to some of the best trails in the South. These are our top ten favorite hiking trails, all within a 40-mile drive from our city’s downtown at Pack Square. Grab your backpack, favorite boots and hiking gear, and hit the trail for some seriously stunning views and some sweet-scented fresh mountain air.

Explore lush forests, view-packed mountain summits, and tumbling waterfalls on our top ten favorite hikes within 40 miles of downtown Asheville. #hiking #trailrunning #backpacking #asheville #nc #northcarolina #travel #outdoors #adventure

Asheville hikes: our favorite trails within forty miles

Wherever your adventures take you, please remember to always leave no trace to help preserve the beauty of these forests and wilderness areas. And please follow these tips for good trail etiquette to help make sure everyone has an equally enjoyable time.

More of our favorite hikes in Western NC

The NC mountains are simply spectacular. Follow our top ten favorite trails to some of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s best views, climbing to sun-drenched mountain summits and breathtaking overlooks. Chase some seriously beautiful cascading falls on our favorite hikes to waterfalls near Asheville. Or climb to outstanding vistas and historic fire lookout towers on soaring mountaintops on our favorite hikes on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.

Leave No Trace: Asheville Trails is an official Leave No Trace partner

Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.