Our Favorite 4 Winter Hikes in Asheville, NC!
A perfect choice for sweethearts who enjoy an elevated heart rate! This 1.6 mile loop hike, a section of the Appalachian Trail, ambles along the river before presenting a steep incline to the ridge line. Plenty of photo-snapping opportunities along the way. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate in Hot Springs when you finish – you’ll have earned it!
Known for its unparalleled 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, Max Patch is a major landmark along the North Carolina section of the Appalachian Trail. It’s a steep hike up to the bald, but once there the exhaustion melts away and the excitement settles in. Warning: on a windy day, brace yourself!
North Carolina Arboretum
In addition to one of the nation’s most renowned bonsai collections, the Arboretum contains over 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, all ranging in difficulty. There truly is something for everyone at one of Asheville’s greatest treasures. For the travelers needing a home base from which to begin the city adventures, City Retreat is a centrally located, family friendly rental – warm your toes by the fireplace after a tour of the (frosty) plants that make Western North Carolina so special!
Daniel Ridge Falls
Also known as Jackson Falls, this impressive waterfall is over 100 feet high and, after a wet spell, quite the rush. The hike up is super kid friendly – on the way, keep your eyes peeled for one of the neatest sights to be seen in a Western North Carolina winter – needle ice!
No matter which hike you choose for your weekend excitement, coming back to a warm space, a cup of tea and your best friend curled up beside you is sometimes the best part of a winter adventure. Any one of Carolina Morning’s homes away from home is sure to welcome you with open arms (check out Bullhead Mountain Lodge for a perfectly balanced combination of luxury, style and total comfort – pup friendly to boot!). And although it sometimes seems like spring will never come, it is right around the corner – so don’t miss out on the breathtaking sights that a Western North Carolina winter can provide!