Hike the Catawba Falls Trail east of Asheville, trekking through a mossy, shady forest valley to a beautiful series of waterfalls on the Catawba River.
Hike or run the Pink Beds Trail, an ultra-scenic, nearly-level, five-mile loop through a creek-filled forest and grassy wetlands near the Cradle of Forestry.
Hike the Devils Courthouse Trail to exceptional views from the summit of this jagged, rocky, towering mountain. The mountain’s views are easily some of the best off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville.
Explore the stunning Linville Gorge Wilderness near Asheville, hiking to stunning mountaintop views, exploring tumbling waterfalls and camping in prime backcountry campsites.
450,000 acres of federal land are designated as Wilderness in the Southeast. Here’s a primer on where these Wilderness areas are, why they’re there, and why they’re so important.
What a view! Hike our top 10 favorite trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, climbing to some seriously stunning mountaintop views.
Our trail finder features the best running, backpacking and hiking trails near Asheville and throughout Western North Carolina. Find a great hike or backpacking adventure, sorted by trail distance, difficulty, features & location.
Explore some scenic southern beauty with running’s cooler, more fun and laid back little sister—TRAIL running! Ashley Walsh, an ultramarathoner and trail runner, outlines the best, beginner-friendly ways to get started, from choosing a trail to choosing the perfect trail running shoe and gear.