Asheville Outdoor Adventures
Discover lush forests and Great Smoky Mountain views when you visit Asheville, NC. Located near a variety of hiking trails and family-fun activities, the Renaissance Asheville is the perfect spot to explore the great outdoors and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Hike Nature's Wonders
Bridal Veil Falls Hike
This easy, scenic trail can be recognized by fans of The Hunger Games and Last of the Mohicans. Featuring plenty of exposed granite rock, Bridal Veil Falls is the perfect place to have a relaxing picnic and explore North Carolina from under the canopies.
Why We Love It: A popular activity when visiting the falls includes walking under one of the rock ledges to stand behind the famous 10-foot waterfall featured in Last of the Mohicans!
Distance from Hotel: 47.0 miles / 68 minute drive
Cold Mountain Trails
For the more ambitious hiker, Cold Mountain Trail averages a 7-10 hour journey and a 18-mile round-trip hike, 10.6 miles if doing the more strenuous route. Camping sites near the base of the summit provide rest for hikers before ascending 1800 feet to overlook breathtaking views of Sam Knob, Shining Rock, and the Great Balsam Mountains.
Why We Love It: The 6030-foot high peak in the Great Balsams was made famous by local author Charles Frazier’s 1997 novel of the same name.
Distance from Hotel: 35.4 miles / 56 minute drive
Looking Glass Rock Trail
Named after the wintry appearance of a rock when water freezes on top of it, Looking Glass Rock features delicate streams, exposed granite rock, and amazing 360 degrees views in every season. This moderately difficult trail is rougher than most found in the Asheville area and requires caution around the slippery, yet beautiful, ice.
Why We Love It: This trail is extremely popular with both hikers and rock climbers!
Distance from Hotel: 36.6 miles / 46 minute drive
Soar Mountainous Skies
Navitat Canopy Adventures
Zip side-by-side with friends and family on one of the longest, highest, and fastest ziplines around! Showcasing North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Navitat Canopy Adventures invites Asheville visitors to escape to the outdoors with their Moody Cave Adventure, the tour USA Today called “the best in the nation”.
Why We Love It: Navitat is a fully guided, 100-percent tree-based tour!
Distance from Hotel: 21.6 miles / 26 minute drive
Asheville Treetops Adventure Park
Experience sky high adventures just minutes from downtown at Asheville Treetops Adventure Park! Take flight on a Zipline Canopy Adventure or spend your day partaking in over 60 climbing, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges.
Why We Love It: Asheville Treetops Adventure Park offers a variety of thrilling outdoor activities including KidZip, KOLO Bike Park , OuickJump, and Wildwater Rafting.
Distance from Hotel: 2.6 miles / 6 minute drive
Canopy Ridge Farm
Nestled 120 along the beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge, Canopy Ridge Farm is full of natural vegetation and lush green forest. Sail through North Carolina’s Isothermal Belt region on their 1000 foot long Zip Zilla and experience thrilling views of the Blue Ridge Foothills.
Why We Love It: In addition to ziplining, Canopy Ridge Farm offers Kayak Trips along the Rocky Broad River.
Distance from Hotel: 31.1 miles / 54 minute drive
Discover the French Broad River
Asheville Outdoor Center
Canoe, kayak, raft, and tube down the historic French Broad River with Asheville Outdoor Center! Enjoy 7 miles of scenic waters before heading to the River Oasis Taproom for a local craft brew.
Why We Love It: Asheville Outdoor Center gives back to the community through river clean ups and hosting events for non-profits.
Distance from Hotel: 4.8 miles / 7 minute drive
Asheville Adventure Rentals
Visit Asheville’s largest full service paddle shop! From recreational kayaks to whitewater boats, Asheville Adventure Rentals has the largest selection of canoe, kayak, and paddleboard trips along the French Broad River.
Why We Love It: Aside from water adventures, Asheville Adventure Rentals also has the largest selection of disc golf equipment in the Western North Carolina region.
Distance from Hotel: 2.7 miles / 5 minute drive
Wai Mauna Asheville SUP
Work your core and see the river in a new way with stand-up paddleboarding in Asheville. Tour the French Broad River with an instructor to learn proper stance and technique. For a more advanced option, guests may rent a paddleboard to take out on their own.
Why We Love It: SUP is easy and fun for any age to try!
Distance from Hotel: 2.8 miles / 6 minute drive