Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville’s diverse downtown and exciting atmosphere are matched only by the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Hikers of every skill level can find a trail that suits them, from quick treks to overnight excursions. Don’t settle for passing views of the mountains – get out and enjoy some of the best hikes near Asheville NC!
8 of the Best Hikes Near Asheville NC
1. Mount Mitchell
Mount Mitchell tops this list, because, well, it tops every other mountain in the area (literally). Mount Mitchell is the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River and a favorite among hikers. Hike the mountain’s 11.4 mile trail to the peak for the full experience.
2. Black Balsam Knob
Easily one of the most scenic hikes near Asheville, Black Balsam Knob offers visitors stunning views of Pisgah National Forest as well as access to popular spots like Shining Rock, Sam Knob, and more, via the Art Loeb Trail. The lack of trees on top of the knob provides an unhindered look at the surrounding area.
3. Craggy Pinnacle Trail
The Craggy Pinnacle Trail is located in the Craggy Gardens. The area earns its name from the plethora of beautiful rhododendron flowers that populate the area. The hike itself is short and measures just over a mile, round trip. Start at either the Visitor’s Center or the Picnic Area, and enjoy the overlook at the top.
4. Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock overlooks Lake Lure, and the view from the top makes it one of the best hikes near Asheville NC. Chimney Rock State Park contains several hikes, but we suggest taking the Skyline Trail for the best views, or the elevator straight to the top of the rock. The view at the top is breathtaking.
5. Grandfather Mountain Trail
Veteran hikers, this is the hike for you. Not for beginners, the Grandfather Mountain Trail is one of Pisgah National Forest’s most popular (and difficult) hikes. There are three peaks along the trail, rewarding hikers with great overlooks of the nearby mountains.
6. Hawksbill Mountain Trail
The Hawksbill Mountain Trail is only 1.5 miles long, ending in a panoramic view of the Linville Gorge. Head east on I-40 from Asheville and reward yourself with matchless views.
7. Looking Glass Rock Trail
South of Asheville near Brevard, you’ll find the Looking Glass Rock Trail. Ranked on AllTrails as the #1 trail in Pisgah National Forest, Looking Glass Rock Trail is a great choice for hikers looking for a challenge.
8. Max Patch
Similar to Black Balsam Knob, there are no trees on Max Patch. Take the Short Loop trail (only 1.4 miles) to the top, and enjoy the peaceful views. Plan a picnic, or just stop and take it all in.
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