WELCOME TO ASHEVILLE
Is there anything better than enjoying “America’s Favorite Drive” in the spring with the pink rhododendrons in bloom? Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Asheville offers easy access to several mountain escapes and pathways through the city to immerse yourself in local art in the River Arts District. Or maybe walking to a craft brewery is more your speed. Or 26 craft breweries. Regardless, we want to share the beauty of Asheville with everyone who wants to enjoy it.
We’ve gathered our favorite hikes in the area and made sure there’s a trail for every comfort level. Let’s get outside and explore everything Asheville has to offer! Below is the icon key for our trail recommendations:
What comes after step one? More steps.
Old Fort, NC | 2.3 Mi
Dog Friendly | Kid Friendly | Nice Views | Wildlife
Time to grab a friend for a mini adventure! This quick out and back hike features a breathtaking waterfall view!
THE ULTIMATE GEAR CHECKLIST
It doesn’t take much to get the most from your hike.
- Appropriate Footwear*
- Water | 0.5-1 L of water per hour of activity in a reusable bottle or hydration pack
- Re-usable snack bag | Fill with favorite trail snacks. Repeat as necessary.
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Sun Protection | Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Weather appropriate layers | Check the forecast, and dress for the weather. Depending on the season, be ready for wet or cold conditions. Or both.
- Headlamp/ flashlight
- Extra Socks
- Compass/Local Map | Knowing how to use these can be a huge help if you get off course.
*Merrell has footwear appropriate for any trail. Click here to find the shoe that fits best for your trail of choice.
What to know before you go.
Research trails near you and find an option that is recommended for your comfort level.
CHECK THE WEATHER
Always check the weather before you hit the trail. Conditions and temperatures can change at higher elevations.
Choose breathable, quick-drying material and good shoes to make sure you stay comfortable throughout the hike.
CARRY THE NECESSITIES
No need to overpack. Carry the essentials for the hike you’re going on.
Cell phones can be beneficial, but service can be limited.
TAKE A TRAIL MAP
Some trails can be difficult to follow. Having a map on hand can help you stay on course.
RESPECT THE TRAIL & OTHERS
Try your best to stay on the official trail to avoid disturbing surrounding foliage. Also, make sure to pack out all your trash, and be mindful of other hikers who are outside to enjoy nature.
TELL A FRIEND
Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return.