Scorching heat and high humidity are legendary here in the South. But Western North Carolina’s lofty mountain summits along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and our abundance of rivers, streams, and waterfalls offer plenty of places to escape the heat in the summertime months.

Summer hikes near Asheville, NC: our favorite trails

We love to hike to our favorite swimming holes, shady creek-filled forests, and breezy mountaintops for a chance to chill out and catch some summertime serenity out on the trail. When the heat rises, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated and pack wisely; check out our hiking gear list for some packing inspiration before you hit the trail. Morning adventures are our favorite, before the heat of the day sets in and the crowds descend on the most popular trails. Wherever your adventures take you, please remember to pack out everything you pack in and leave no trace to help keep our mountaintops, river valleys and forests looking beautiful throughout the year.

Follow our top summer hikes in Western NC to visit misty waterfalls, chilly rivers, and lofty summits with cool mountain breezes, perfect for warm-weather adventures. #hiking #trailrunning #backpacking #asheville #nc #northcarolina #travel #outdoors #adventure

Note: slippery rocks and fast moving water can be extremely dangerous! Please don’t climb, stand on, swim near, or jump from any waterfall.

 
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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.