Winding, twisting, curving and carving through the landscape, the Blue Ridge Parkway travels some of Western NC’s most scenic terrain. This 469-mile, all-American road meanders through Asheville, offering access to some exceptional high-elevation views from the overlooks peppered along its path.

But if you’ve only experienced the Parkway for the drive, you’re missing out: scattered along the Parkway, trailheads lead to some seriously great hiking and running trails. Grab a hike or trail run to rushing waterfalls, through rolling forest, to lofty summits with see-forever views, and through grassy meadows filled with endless wildflowers and wild berries in the summertime months. Thanks to its already-high elevation, most Blue Ridge Parkway hikes don’t have to venture far – making many of these hikes beginner-hiker-friendly, and some of our favorite hikes near Asheville.

The Parkway follows a high ridge for much of its drive. Its high elevations make it perfect for spotting a spectacular sunrise or sunset near Asheville. Elevations along the road are often much cooler than nearby Asheville, so pack a jacket, even in summertime, and dress in layers to stay comfortable on your hike. And before you go, check the official Blue Ridge Parkway website for road closures, especially in snowy winter months. For each hike, we’ve listed the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost (MP) number to help you get there – and each trail page includes driving directions, trail info, and interactive maps to help you plan your adventure.

Hike these popular Blue Ridge Parkway trails to stunning mountain summit views, tumbling waterfalls and through some of Western North Carolina's most beautiful forests near Asheville. #hiking #trailrunning #camping #backpacking #asheville #nc #northcarolina #travel #outdoors #adventure

Top Blue Ridge Parkway hikes near Asheville

Grab your hiking boots, hit the Parkway and get ready for an adventure – and enjoy the spectacular drive to the trailhead, too.

 
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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.