Is it the crackle of a campfire, or the quiet hush that settles after the sun sets? Or the millions of bright stars floating in the inky-black night sky? Whatever it is, there’s something deeply relaxing about spending the night under the stars, deep on a fantastic backpacking trail, surrounded by nature and far away from technology, noise, and urban life.

Filled with pristine wilderness, spectacular views, and lush forests, the mountains of western NC provide plenty of space to stretch out and roam. And North Carolina’s epic long-range trail systems, like the Art Loeb Trail and the famed North Carolina stretch of the Appalachian Trail are the perfect way to explore all the beauty of our state.

(Cover photo by Spencer Hutto)

Rack up some mileage, soak up some incredible mountain beauty, and score an adventurous weekend under the stars on our favorite backpacking trails near Asheville. #hiking #camping #backpacking #asheville #nc #northcarolina #travel #outdoors #adventure

Our favorite weekend backpacking adventures near Asheville, NC

It’s tough to pick only a handful of our favorites! These are our top backpacking trails that visit some of the most beautiful scenery, exceptional views, and unique landscapes near Asheville. Where ever your adventures take you, please remember to leave no trace to help preserve the beauty of these incredible places.

More long-distance hiking adventures

Crossed these hikes off your list, and ready to explore more Western NC beauty? Check out the full list of our favorite hikes over six miles near Asheville for more adventure inspiration.

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Please Remember

Always leave no trace, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way, and follow these trail etiquette tips.