What to do in Ashville

Discover Outdoor Attractions in Asheville

Asheville, NC is thriving with local attractions, events, and exciting outdoor activities to discover all year long. The Renaissance Asheville is centrally located in the heart of downtown Asheville making it easy for guests to immerse themselves in the city's vibrant culture. Whether you prefer taking in the stunning scenery on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip or enjoying a scenic hike in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are activities in Asheville that are sure to please everyone in your group.


Mount Mitchell

Mount Mitchell

Nestled in the Pisgah National Forest about 35 miles northeast of Asheville is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, Mount Mitchell. Many trails leading to the summit start in Pisgah National Forest but the most direct way to get to the top is to drive up about 100 feet below and walk up the paved path, this way you'll avoid the 5.5 mile hike starting at the Black Mountain Campground.

Why We Love It:
The majority of the trees in this area were once depleted by several logging companies in the early 20th century, it wasn't until 2015 that North Carolina passed a bill to create a park on Mount Mitchell which became the first state park in the Southeast US.

Wildwater Rafting

Wildwater Rafting

Outdoor enthusiasts will love zipping down the river on a thrilling whitewater rafting tour. Wildwater Rafting offers whitewater rafting tours down the Chattooga, Ocoee, Nantahala, and Pigeon Rivers. Featuring canopy tours, kayaking, and canoe rentals, Jeep® excursions, and more, Wildwater Rafting offers a variety of activities that are sure to please every adventure seeker in your group.

Why We Love It:
There’s no better way to experience the breathtaking Asheville scenery than by spending a day whitewater rafting or kayaking on our beautiful rivers and lakes.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville North Carolina

Take a drive down Blue Ridge Parkway and discover what makes it America’s favorite drive. As you cruise down the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway, you will enjoy sweeping views plus lots of fun recreational activities including camping, hiking, golfing, fishing, and much more.

Why We Love It:
We can’t tell you why we love Blue Ridge Parkway – you’ll have to let the breathtaking scenery speak for itself!

The Great Smoky Mountains

Black Bear in the Smoky Mountains

Plan your trip to America's most visited national park. Start by deciding what you want to see, choose from waterfalls, overgrown forests, or breathtaking views. The park is so big you won't be able to see it all but what you do see will leave lasting memories. Wildflowers bloom year round and wildlife sightings are abundant especially in Cades Cove, the most popular destination in the park.

Why We Love It:
You can enjoy the Smokies year round! Just remember the backcountry is a natural area where nature determines the trail conditions.

North Carolina Arboretum

North Carolina Arboretum

Just south of Asheville the North Carolina Arboretum covers over 65 acres of botanically diverse gardens and offers over 10 miles of well groomed hiking trails with access to favorite area attractions including the Blue Ridge Parkway and Lake Powhatan.

Why We Love It:
Find your zen in the Bonsai exhibition garden with traditional Asian bonsai plants, as well as American species! Check out the collection of over 50+ bonsai, but be sure to plan your visit between May and October when the exhibition hasn't moved due to weather.

More Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures in NC

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