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Outdoors in Asheville

May 6, 2006  Did the trip in the spring of 2004.
4.0 of 5 stars based on 6 votes

Lots of great outdoorsy things to do and see in Asheville, NC; this list is the tip of the iceberg!

  • 1. Biltmore Estate
    Biltmore Estate, Asheville

    America's largest home is a wonder to look at - beautiful inside and out. Take the tour of the house to see how "the other side" lived, then head outside. Explore the gardens - over 2,300 roses!! - then head over to the winery for a tour and some sampling! Enjoy some of the 8,000 acres on foot, horseback, wheels or water (best to do before the winery, however!).

  • 2. Chimney Rock Park
    Chimney Rock State Park, Chimney Rock, North Carolina

    The centerpiece here is chimney rock - 315 high, at an elevation of nearly 2,300 feet, with 75 mile views. You can climb up or take the elevator - you can justify taking the elevator by rationalizing that you are saving yourself for the hike to the 404 foot waterfall. It is well worth the effort to go stand at the bottom - don't forget your raincoat! The powerful falls will make you feel like you are standing in a hurricane - grip onto the railing as your raincoat flaps around you. Don't bother with an umbrella - this is time to enjoy nature in all it's glory! There are also lots of other trails to hike on and wander about.

  • 3. Blue Ridge Parkway
    Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville

    Take a late afternoon into sunset drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view the natural wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Over 250 miles the Parkway run through North Carolina; two of the highest points are on either side of Asheville: Mt. Pisgah (5,721 feet) and Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet).

  • 4. White Water Rafting
    http://www.noc.com/river_frenchbroad.html?a=35

    We did a half day rafting trip, and it was great fun. The rapids aren't difficult, and the guide in our boat handled everything (including passengers) with ease. The rapids were enough to give your heart a little thrill. They also pulled over and let us jump off a small cliff (optional!!), which was enjoyed by many. Don't forget a disposable waterproof camera and sunscreen!

  • 5. Lake Lure
    http://www.lakelure.com/

    Take a cruise on scenic lake lure; from their website: "Lake Lure Tours will take you past locations for the blockbuster film, "Dirty Dancing," and past acres and acres of unsurpassed natural beauty, wildlife and legend." Up the ante by taking a dinner, lunch or champagne cruise. Make a reservation, even for the regular cruises - or you could wind up with a wait (like we did).

  • 6. great smoky mountain railroad
    http://www.gsmr.com/

    This was great fun, even though the weather didn't cooperate. We did the dinner train, and the food was fantastic, particularly the desert. Lots of options, including a mystery dinner theatre train. Lots of "oohs and aahs" from the passengers.

  • 7. Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast
    Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast, Asheville

    This place was wonderful!! The owners were lovely and knowledgeable (as all B&B owners should be!), and flexible about breakfast starting time. The house was beautifully decorated and the grounds peaceful and enjoyable. Very highly recommended.