From quick treks to overnight excursions, the hiking trails in Asheville, NC, offer something for every skill level! To help you plan the ultimate mountain getaway, we’ve researched seven of the area’s most popular hiking adventures.
Don’t settle for another passing glance – get out and enjoy some of the best hikes near Asheville, NC! Find your perfect trail below, with recommendations for both beginners and thrill-seekers. Afterward, discover more of Western N.C.’s best-kept secrets in our free Chimney Rock/Lake Lure Vacation Guide. Get your guide for handpicked suggestions for gardens, historical sites, restaurants, and more.
Find Your Perfect Hike Near Asheville, NC: 7 Great Trails
Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock State Park is home to countless nature trails. You’ll find everything here from kid-friendly hikes to more strenuous excursions. For a challenging hike with a reward at the end, you need to explore the Hickory Nut Falls trail; here, a lovely waterfall awaits you. Discover the park’s namesake when you take a hike to the top of Chimney Rock. At the top, you’ll discover unforgettable overlooks of Lake Lure and panoramic mountain views.
Save money on your Chimney Rock vacation by taking advantage of our Hickory Nut Gorge Package.
Black Balsam Knob
Black Balsam Knob is one of Western North Carolina’s most scenic hikes. The beauty and tranquility of Pisgah National Forest never disappoint. Here, you’ll have easy access to other famous hiking spots like Shining Rock and Sam Knob via the Art Loeb Trail. Sparse trees atop the knob provide unhindered vistas of the surrounding area!
Craggy Pinnacle Trail
The Craggy Pinnacle Trail is in the lovely Craggy Gardens. The area earns its name from the plethora of beautiful rhododendron flowers that populate the area. This one-mile loop is accessible at both the Visitor’s Center or the picnic area.
Mount Mitchell tops every mountain on our list, literally! It is the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River and a favorite among hikers. Hike the mountain’s 11.4-mile trail for the full experience. Along your way, you can look forward to endless spruce-fir forests, beautiful wildlife, and unmatched views.
Grandfather Mountain Trail
Veteran hikers, make your way to Grandfather Mountain. This trail is one of Pisgah National Forest’s most popular (and difficult) hikes! There are three peaks along the trail, and each summit rewards hikers with great overlooks of the nearby mountains.
Hawksbill Mountain Trail
The Hawksbill Mountain Trail offers a shorter hike with impressive overlooks, but don’t let its size fool you. The trail is 1.5-miles long with vigorous spots along the way. At the end, you can take in unmatched, panoramic views of the Linville Gorge!
Looking Glass Rock Trail
Looking Glass Rock Trail is south of Asheville near Brevard. On AllTrails, hikers ranked it as the No. 1 trail in Pisgah National Forest. Remember to take your time to explore Looking Glass Falls along your way. This incredible waterfall earns its name from its appearance in the wintertime, as the falls freeze and the sun glistens, creating the visual of a grand mirror. Yet, the waterfall is spectacular to enjoy throughout the four seasons. In the summer, it is a great place to swim and cool down after a challenging hike.
Relax at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant
You’re always near the best hikes in Asheville, NC, when you stay at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. Spectacular views surround our property on every side, so you can always enjoy the best mountain views from your very own window.
When you book any of our rooms, like the Premium Mountain View King, you can always look forward to comforting amenities, the best vacation packages, and top-notch service. Complimentary, gourmet breakfast is always included in your stay. If you are ready for your next mountain getaway, check our availability and book your stay. We can’t wait to host you at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant!