Asheville TrailsbyTrailful Outdoor Co

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.

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.