Asheville, NC, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and beyond, is a true playground for the outdoor enthusiast and a hiker’s paradise. The 1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage is the closest B&B to downtown Asheville but also the perfect headquarters for some of the best hiking in all of North Carolina. Our AAA 4 Diamond property tempts travelers with its delightful charm and luxurious amenities, and the award winning gardens are the perfect introduction to the gorgeous natural environment of Western North Carolina. Enjoy a restful nights sleep and awaken to a delicious three-course breakfast from the finest of local ingredients before heading out on the trails. We have traversed trails all over the area and are happy to provide you with an insider’s guide to the top hikes near Asheville, NC.
East of Asheville is the beautiful Catawba Falls. This hike is about 2.7 miles round trip through a mossy, shady forest valley on a relatively moderate trail. Delight in the series of waterfalls that make it one of the most popular waterfall hikes near Asheville. The signed trailhead is near Old Fort, just east of Asheville on I-40.
Max Patch Mountain
Hop on the Appalachian Trail at Max Patch. One of NC most popular hikes, the trail leads you across grassy mountain side covered in wildflowers. This moderate 2 mile loop has endless views and plenty of places to have a picnic, so grab your Chicken or Meatloaf picnic basket from WhiteGate before departing.
This approximately 1 mile long hike may be short but it is definitely not lacking for views. About 25 miles from Downtown Asheville, this quick hike offers 360-degree panoramic views during all seasons. From the Craggy Gardens Visitor’s Center drive north through a short tunnel and park in the first lot on the left.
This ironically named 3 mile trail features both a stunning valley and enchanting forest. Hikers must travel through fields of wildflowers and wild blueberries, as well as tunnels of foliage to encounter two stunning waterfalls. Along the way, enjoy the rugged feel of the gnarly branches and dappled light coming through the leaves as you make your trek.
At 6,684 feet, Mt. Mitchell is the highest point on the Eastern seaboard. The 1 mile family-friendly hike begins in the high-elevation spruce-fir forest before slowly climbing to the top where a modern observation platform sits. On a clear day, the sweeping panoramic views are breathtaking.
Bent Creek Trail at the North Carolina Arboretum
The 434-acre North Carolina Arboretum offers more than 10 miles of public hiking trails within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest. At just over 1 mile, the Bent Creek Trail, is an easy trip that runs by the National Native Azalea Collection.
So, whether you’re looking for waterfalls, valleys, forests, or panoramic views, one of these phenomenal hiking trails near Asheville is sure to satisfy your adventurous spirit. Make the 1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage your home for a relaxing night’s sleep and explore the majesty of Western North Carolina!