Fall Hiking in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville provides some of the greatest hiking trails around. Whatever area of town you're in, you are only minutes away from a path. Now that the weather is cooling off, the trees are beginning to change, and the sun is shining bright, it's the perfect time to lace up your hiking boots and get yourself to the trails.

Appalachian Trail
The longest and most well-known hiking trail in the area is the Appalachian Trail. The A.T. is set along the Appalachian Mountains; it covers almost 2200 miles and travels through 14 states and parts of Canada. You can pick up the trail at Davenport Gap (near Hartford, TN) and in Hot Springs, NC, both about an hour from Asheville. In Hot Springs, we have two wonderful vacation rentals available. Aqua Falls Cabin is a 3-bedroom, 3-bath, pet-friendly cabin. This modern three-level, 2,990-square-foot cabin sits next to a bold, roaring creek with a multitude of cascading waterfalls. Nearby, Doolittle Cabin is a beautiful secluded cabin. It offers a combination of mountain and river views. It sits on 30 acres of land with many hiking trails on the property.

Hiking the Pisgah National Forest
Closer and less traversed are several fantastic options. The Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway surround Asheville and have trails for new hikers and seasoned travelers alike. There are many paths that run alongside the Parkway but feel a million miles away from civilization. The nearby cars are drowned out by the sounds of birds tweeting and leaves crunching underfoot.

For local hikers and visitors alike, the 1.5-mile hike up Mt. Pisgah is a must. Start this moderate hike at mile marker 407.6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The path is pretty rocky and, in some parts, a bit steep, but once you reach the observation deck, you'll feel on top of the world. Pick a clear day to take on the summit to fully reap the rewards of your efforts with views that will take your breath away.

Staying at our Truly Breathless cabin will give you easy and quick access to the Parkway and Mt. Pisgah. This 3-bedroom cabin has a trail on the property that connects to the Pisgah National Forest trails. Spend your days hiking the forest and the evenings relaxing with the panoramic views from the hot tub.

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can also trek the largest continuous sections of North Carolina's own long-distance trail - The Mountain to Sea Trail. Not yet completed, it will pass through 27 counties and cover 1000 miles. It is easily accessible at mile post 382 (at the Folk Art Center), mile post 388.2 (at US 25 Crossover), and various other stops along the parkway.

Take the Stairs at Chimney Rock
Another ideal hiking spot is Chimney Rock. Tackle the Outcropping Trail to get some serious legwork in while climbing 500 stairs to the top of Chimney Rock. When you reach the top, a beautiful vista will applaud your efforts. If you have little trekkers, you may want to forgo the stairs and opt for the elevator. Check out the Great Woodland Adventure, an easy quarter-mile path where you can encounter a bevy of woodland creatures and opportunities to learn about the wonders of these mountains.

Landmark Cabin is located in Chimney Rock and is the perfect home base for adventuring out into the great outdoors. Its beautiful location, across a quiet street from the Rocky Broad River, will give you the opportunity to sit quietly, after a long day's hike, and enjoy the beautiful views of Chimney Rock while listening to the melody of the river.

Whether you are a seasoned trekker or a new novice, whether you are looking to hike a summit or hit the broad, well marked path, there is no better time to experience the feel of the ground underfoot, the breeze in your face, and sunshine on your shoulders.

Call Carolina Mornings today at (877) 902-9441 to reserve your Asheville mountain cabin. A professional Vacation Planner will help line up your vacation rental accommodations, Biltmore Estate tickets, and outdoor adventures such as ziplining and golf (included with every Carolina Mornings rental!).

By: Carmen Ybarra

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