The hiking near Asheville runs the gamut. There are short day hikes, like Bridal Veil Falls in Dupont State Forest and Craven Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are tougher trails in the Linville Gorge and Pisgah National Forest. And for the truly adventurous, Asheville is a gateway to the Appalachian Trail.
Find the best hiking near Asheville with these trails, picked by the editors and contributors of BACKPACKER.
While Great Smoky Mountains might be the most visited park in the system, Cataloochee is far from the crowds—with a bit of luck, you can see as many elk as people. BY GRAHAM AVERILL
Hike to a beautiful waterfall and go for a swim in South Mountains State Park near Charlotte.
Explore well-preserved Living History Farm on this short hike near Charlotte.
Enjoy a short hike to 200-year-old ruins along Reedy Creek on the Robinson Rockhouse Trail in Charlotte.
Climb Browns Mountain, hike a narrated battlefield trail, watch a reenacted revolutionary war encampment, see war muskets—Kings Mountain has it all!