Top 5 Things To Do In Asheville in May

What to Do in Asheville

The Carolina Mornings Team is downright giddy about the arrival of May and what it means for our wonderful little city. The hikes, the bike rides, the outdoor patio eating – it’s all coming together to inspire that kind of excitement and happiness so unique to the late spring season. To ring in the arrival of one of our favorite months - and to answer that often asked question of what to do in Asheville? - we’ve put together this short list of our favorite local spring activities.

1.  Enjoy a Bike Ride

Ah, spring – that time of year when the cyclists hit the streets to feel that otherwise unrivaled joy of the rush of wind on their faces! The entire city and its surrounding roads and towns are excellent for avid cyclists – the curvy and hilly roads make for intense workouts but the surrounding scenery makes every drip of sweat worthwhile. For those who prefer a quiet, calm ride, there are several options in the surrounding area.

The Biltmore Estate has bike rental accommodations for those traveling to the area without their wheels, though guests are welcome to bring their own as well. Riders can choose between well marked, sometimes challenging woodland trails and leisurely, paved trails that meander along the French Broad River.

Carrier Park, another excellent option for cyclists looking to stay in the city, has what locals have affectionately dubbed the "mellowdrome” – a 498m asphalt oval that has a gentle bank (ranging from 4-8 degrees). Once the Asheville Motor Speedway, this fantastic course is great for families wanting a little exercise, a little fun, and a lot of opportunities for friendly competition.

The Mountain Bikers out there will be excited to know that the Asheville area has dozens of amazing trails devoted to the sport.  Bent Creek, the oldest experimental forest east of the Mississippi River, spans nearly 6000 acres within the Pisgah National Forest.  The forest has hundreds of trails, all ranging in difficulty, for the casual to the avid mountain biker.

Dupont State Forest, located southeast of Brevard in the Blue Ridge Mountains, has nearly 100 miles of mountain biking trails - all ranging in difficulty.  Expect beautiful views, spectacular waterfalls, and adrenaline inducing fun!

2.  Picnic at the Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are an absolute treasure for the Asheville area. A nonprofit organization that respects and supports a collection of over 600 native Southern Appalachian plants, this 10 acre park has trails for strolling, pavilions for relaxing, and picnic tables for enjoying a meal with friends and loved ones. Admission is free, though donations are always appreciated.

3.  Take a Scenic Drive on the Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is an area treasure and now is one of the best times of year to get out there and enjoy the scenery. With trail heads located all along the stretch and pull offs for you to enjoy the view, an entire day can be devoted to sightseeing on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Easy access points to the parkway can be found all over Western North Carolina, with 7 locations in and around Asheville.  For some excellent suggestions, check out our favorite scenic drives!

4.  Zip Through the Spring Trees

Ziplining is one of Asheville's most exciting recreational activities.  The rush of the wind on your face, the astoundingly beautiful views from the top of a canopy of trees, the adrenaline pumping from the thrill of it all - these are the things that make for a memorable mountain vacation!  Carolina Mornings offers its guests a Mountain Discovery Pass which grants a complimentary ziplining adventure with French Broad Ziplines and Rafting for all reservations between May and September!  Check out our recent post outlining some must-know details!

5.  Barbeque at the Bywater

The Bywater, located on Riverside Drive which is, as the name indicates, situated parallel to the French Broad River, is an absolutely fantastic place to finish off a day of fun. Totally family and dog friendly, this local establishment boasts an enormous outdoor area with picnic tables and grills every 20 feet or so. Bring some burgers, buy a beer, and enjoy some good ol’ fashion outdoor fun and socializing. You’ll love it!

Carolina Mornings has dozens of amazing properties in and around the Asheville area. Whether you’d prefer a quiet neighborhood setting or a true mountain retreat, the perfect home is waiting to be discovered by you. To begin planning your Asheville cabin rental, contact Carolina Mornings at 877-902-9441. A professional Vacation Planner will help line up your vacation rental accommodations, Biltmore Estate tickets, and outdoor adventures such as ziplining and whitewater rafting (included with every Carolina Mornings Rental!)


By: Dana Carrico