Summer is (almost) here!
While it may not be June 21st, summer weather has arrived in Asheville. The forecast is calling for high 70/low 80 degree weather, which means it is the perfect time to get out on the BlueRidge Parkway and hit the trails.The Blueridge Parkway serves as a rolling countryside museum of the Appalachian Mountains. The 469 mile stretch boasts 382 overlooks and 369 miles of hiking trails. Below are three of our favorite spots.
Mt. Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi River. The summit is at an impressive 6,684 feet. Be sure to bring an extra layer of clothes, as it tends to be about 20 degrees cooler than Asheville, which is at a much lower elevation at 2,200 feet. Mt. Mitchell has a great lookout point from the top, and easy parking.
Just before Mt. Mitchell is the always beautiful Craggy Gardens, especially in mid June, as the Rhododendrons will be in full bloom. The hike is on a 1.5 mile loop, and offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Craggy Gardens is a great place to take one of the WhiteGate Inn’s signature picnics.
If you head south on the parkway, one of the great places to stop and hike is Mt. Pisgah. Mt. Pisgah can be seen from downtown Asheville and offers some longer (6 mile) hikes as well. The Mt. Pisgah Inn, which is located on Mt. Pisgah, is a great place to stop and grab a bite to eat, or enjoy a locally brewed beer.
With so many amazing hiking trails right in our back yard, why not book a trip to Asheville and explore some of nature’s most beautiful playgrounds? We’d love to see you!