Things to Do

Activities

Fun in the mountains in Asheville! From rafting and rock climbing to hiking and biking, activities for visitors of all ages.

Asheville Art Adventure

Discover Asheville’s art, architecture, and the historic events and people who helped create this unique community by exploring downtown with the Asheville Art Adventure. Not just another walking tour, this iPhone app offers an interactive experience that includes free printable Adventure Passport available at www.GoFingo.com, the chance to earn Adventure Rewards, and special offers from local merchants.


Biltmore Park Town Square

Get your perfect place in town squared away. Discover beautiful townhomes and condominiums perfectly sized for your life. Make your home in Biltmore Park Town Square and you’ll be just steps away from some of the most savory dining choices in the mountains. Not to mention world-class shopping and lively entertainment and the tallest mountains east of the Rockies right outside our window.


828-654-0660

Flat Rock Playhouse

Flat Rock, NC
The State Theatre of North Carolina, and one of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a ten-show professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; performances and cabaret series by the YouTheatre; year-round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 90,000 patrons annually and is a major contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.


Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Great Smoky Mountains. Nantahala Gorge Excursion (4½ hour round trip), Day Out With Thomas™, Peanuts™ Pumpkin Patch Express, and the Polar Express™, are just a few of the wonderful trips available to passengers. Call for additional information, or to make advance reservations.


1-800-872-4681 or 828-586-8811

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is the south’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service. They offer rock climbing, ice climbing guiding and rock climbing courses across North Carolina. A great and exciting way to see the Mountains! FMG also offers a teen adventure summer camps June through August. We only use American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained and certified Instructors and Guides. No other guide service in the Southeastern USA upholds this incredibly high standard. Excellence in Rock Guiding and Instruction since 1994.
– The South’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service
– AMGA Certified Instructors or Guides on every trip
– No experience necessary
– We cater to all ability levels and ages


Toll Free: 1-888-28-GUIDE (4843)

Camp Ruach at the Asheville Jewish Community Center

Find your friends here! Camp Ruach (that means “spirit”) welcomes all rising 1st-8th graders for a traditional day camp experience focused on building lifelong friendships and enjoying a summer full of fun. Each two-week session is built upon teaching important values through exciting activities, including sports, cooking, crafts, archery, nature expeditions, gardening, overnights, dance, music, swimming with WSI certified swim instructors, and much more.
236 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Monday, June 13th through Friday, August 5th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


828-253-0701

Asheville Tourists Baseball

Take yourself down to the ballgame next year (the 2011 season is completed) at McCormic Field, 30 Buchanan St., as you watch Asheville’s minor-league heroes, The Tourists, confront a host of regional contenders.


(828) 258-0428

Chimney Rock Park

If you’re ready for some exercise, we’ve got the spot for you. The Park features six different hiking trails, ranging in difficulty from easy-to-moderate to moderate-to-strenuous. Some lead to 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls; others lead through the woods through old growth forests, dazzling displays of wildflowers and interesting rock formations. The Great Woodland Adventure features fun, whimsical sculptures of some of the animals that call the Park home. Guided bird and wildflower hikes are just a few that are offered throughout the season. The Park, a Natural Heritage Area, is located 25 miles SE of Asheville in scenic Hickory Nut Gorge. Open all year. Live it up!


828-625-9611

Magnolia Park

Located in the Montford Community, Magnolia Park features a basketball court, restrooms, an open shelter, playground, picnic tables, and a paved walking path.


Country Inn Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road

Located a few minutes from downtown Asheville, the Asheville Mall & the world-renowned Biltmore Estate, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Country Inn Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road has over 45 restaurants within 5 blocks.  Amenities include indoor heated salt water pool & whirlpool, fitness room, complimentary fresh cookies and coffee, free USA Today paper, In-room coffee maker, iron & ironing board, LCD TV’s and free high speed Internet, jacuzzi rooms available. After a good night’s rest, join us for our complimentary hot and healthy breakfast buffet. Please call (828) 254-4311 to book your reservation today at Country Inn Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road.

199 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC, 28805
(828) 254-4311

The Health Adventure

The Health Adventure is a health and science museum for children and today’s families dedicated to improving health awareness, promoting wellness lifestyles, and increasing science literacy through programs and exhibits. We encourage curiosity, creativity, and the capacity for individual discovery. We recognize that each person perceives the world from a unique vantage point. Health, biological and physical sciences, technology, and the scientific process are emphasized in our interactive exhibits and curricula. We believe increasing science literacy enables people to make informed decisions about personal health, scientific advances, and career choices. While we are aware that there are many ways to learn, our creative programs and exhibits emphasize participation, exploration, and fun.
Address (physical): 800 Brevard Rd., Suite Asheville, NC 28802


(828) 665-2217

Griffing Boulevard Rose Garden

The 0.8 acre Rose Garden located in North Asheville is a beautiful garden in the middle of Griffing Boulevard. Drive by and view the hundreds of rose bushes.


Weaver Park

6.6 acres, ballfield, basketball courts, concession stand, picnic shelter, tables, grills, tennis courts, volleyball court, playground, restrooms, paved off street parking, handicap accessible, Murdock and Merrimon Ave.


258-2453

Brevard Music Center

Nestled in the foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this premier summer music festival and comprehensive music center has set the highest standards in performance and education for nearly seven decades.
They offer over 80 performances over seven weeks, from mid-June through early August. 828-862-2100.


828-862-2100

Shoji Japanese Spa; Asheville’s Only Outdoor Hot Tub Spa

Relax at Asheville’s only outdoor hot tub spa.  Specializing in couples’ massages & spa packages.  Reap the benefits of hydrotherapy with our hot tubs, cold plunge & cedar sauna then relax with a massage.  Complete your visit with a stay in the adjoining Lodge or Loft.  10 minutes from downtown Asheville and 2500 feet above stress level . . .


828-299-0999

French Broad River Park

One of Asheville’s most beautiful parks, the park meanders alongside the tranquil French Broad River, and features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, a paved trail, a gazebo, picnic tables and grills, an observation deck, and a small playground. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in area made for exercising and socializing your pooch! Located at Amboy Rd. and Riverview Dr. in west Asheville.


828-259-5738

Asheville and WNC Summer Camps

Looking for a summer camp in the cool WNC mountains, then look no further, as the Asheville.com camp directory lists a broad range of selections.


32nd Annual Asheville Quilt Show

Visit the 32nd Annual Asheville Quilt Show “Quilts: From Inspiration to Creation.” from Sept 26th to 28th, Friday and Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4:30 pm. The show will be held at the WNC Agriculture Center, Expo Building featuring over 250 quilts. Find quilts for sale, a hand-made item gift shop, vendors and product raffles. Entrance fee $6.

WNC Agriculture Center, Expo Building, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC

Food Lion Skate Park

Food Lion Skate Park is an outdoor skateboarding park at the corner of Flint and Cherry streets in downtown Asheville.


828-225-7184

Albemarle Park

This park is located in the historic Albemarle Park, east of Charlotte Street in North Asheville. The Park is surrounded by the Manor Inn Apartments and the beautiful cottages. The Park includes .5 acres of underdeveloped land.


Scenic Wolf Resort

Enjoy the breathtaking views from Scenic Wolf Resort’s luxurious cabins year round! Wintertime guests enjoy skiing on 72 acres of the best mountain slopes. Spring and summer days can be spent swimming, mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, fishing, or golfing at a nearby course. Leaf season is simply amazing! 30 properties, $241-$493/night. Breathtaking views, spacious cabins, fireplaces, private hot tubs, glass-enclosed heated pool, pet friendly, free Wi-Fi, free local fun including golf, skiing, whitewater rafting, and LaZoom tour.


(855) 807-1842

Glenn’s Creek Greenway

This one mile greenway is a beautiful green space with a wide, paved walking path with gorgeous old trees. It is located off Merrimon Avenue on Weaver Boulevard in North Asheville. This is the first phase of the Broadway Greenway.


Malvern Hills Park

This is the only park in Asheville with a 50-foot by 150-foot outdoor swimming pool. It also includes a concession stand, picnic tables, picnic grills, playground, restrooms, open shelter, and tennis courts.


Pisgah National Forest

Nearly 500,000 acres of protected forest, featuring hundreds of miles hiking, biking, and horse trails, waterfalls, and beautiful mountaintop views. Feature Story


828-257-4203 or 828-877-3265

Land of the Waterfalls

Visit over 250 majestic waterfalls throughout Transylvania County. We’re in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is cool, the waters are pure, and the welcome is warm!


Memorial Stadium

Located behind McCormick Stadium, this fenced, 28.8 acre park features a lighted football field that is bordered by both stadium and bleacher seating, and a restroom facility. ld, concession stand, football field, volleyball, restrooms, track, off street paved parking, handicap accessible, Buchanan St.


259-5800

Grove Park

The 2.9 acre Grove Park is a wonderful place to sit and eat lunch. Many people go there everyday to read and relax. The park has open shelters, large flowering trees, and a beautiful turn-of-the-century stone sitting wall.


Golf

An overview of a few of the finest golf courses in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, and eastern Tennessee.


Carl Sandburg Home

This historic site consists of a 22 room house, barns, sheds, rolling pastures, walking trails, two small lakes, ponds, flower and vegetable gardens, and an orchard. This is where Carl Sandburg felt the peace and solitude he required to write.


(828) 693-4178

Gorges State Park

The newest addition to North Carolina’s state parks is right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Gorges State Park has over 80 inches of rain a year making it a temperate rain forest. The plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls, and concentration of rare and unique species makes this a wonderful park to visit.


828-966-9099

Kenilworth Park

The Kenilworth Park includes 3 acres of ballfields, basketball courts, picnic tables, a playground, restrooms, tennis courts, 2 grills and much more.


YWCA of Asheville

Eliminating racism, empowering women — it’s what the YWCA is about and what it intends to do. The YWCA of Asheville offers programs in Aquatics, including swim lessons, lap and open swims, water aerobics, lifeguard training, and more.
Asheville.com is proud to be an Advocate of the YWCA of Asheville.


Appalachian Trail

This national scenic trail begins in Georgia and stretches across 2,144 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridge lines to end in Maine. Along the way, it traverses the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and parts of Western North Carolina. For more information on the trail, and day hike suggestions, contact the Appalachian Trail Conference.


828-254-3708

Blue Heron Whitewater

Closest whitewater rafting to Asheville, 22 miles NW, on the French Broad River. Choose the trip that fits your group and schedule. Half Day Trips enjoy five miles of beautiful scenery, fun class II-III rapids. Add three miles and a class IV rapid for the Full Day Trip. Minimum age is 8. Families with kids as young as 4 enjoy the calm water Float Trip. Locally owned and operated, small company big on details!


888-426-7238 / 888-H2o-Raft

Cradle of Forestry

This is a historical site and interpretive center in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. The Cradle of Forestry is a beautiful place to visit any day of the week.


(828) 877-3130

Brevard Music Festival

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, the Brevard Music Center (BMC) has been providing young musicians with the opportunity to develop their talents for sixty-eight years. Each summer more than 400 students, ages 14 through post-college, join professional musicians to eat, breathe and sleep music for seven weeks. In addition to a rigorous schedule of instruction, students collaborate with faculty and guest artists in more than eighty public performances.


Murphy-Oakley Park

7.7 acres, ballfield, basketball courts, concession stand, picnic tables, open shelter, off street paved parking, handicap accessible, grills, tennis courts, playground, restrooms, Fairview Rd.


274-7088

Grove Arcade Arts and Heritage Gallery

The gallery features an state-of-the-art, interactive exhibition that uses a solid terrain model animated with regional voices, video, music and lasers to bring the culture and history of Western North Carolina to life. The Grove Arcade Arts & Heritage Gallery is a project of the Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation. Opened in January 2006, the gallery features the crafts, music and stories of the Blue Ridge. Visit the gallery and experience the places, objects and activities that authentically represent the people of Western North Carolina. The Gallery’s mission is to strive to help drive the local economy of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area by establishing strategic partnerships and promoting the region’s arts, crafts, music and cultural heritage.


Mast General Store

Authentic general store featuring quality goods, traditional clothing and custom fit shoes. Since 1883, Mast General Store has been outfitting the Appalachians with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear and quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. Discover for yourself why….. some times are just too good to leave behind, and why it is a simple pleasure to just browse throughout the store.


NC Homespun Museum

Explore the history of Biltmore Industries at the NC Homespun Museum, located next to the Grovewood Gallery at the Grove Park Inn.


828-253-7651

Mount Mitchell State Park

There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places. 2388 State Highway 128, Burnsville, NC 28714


(828) 675-4611

Max Patch

This is a great hike outside the Little Creek Community in Madison County. From the top of this mountain you can see the Great Smoky Mountains and the Foothills of East Tennessee. There is a large open area that is great for flying kites.


Lakewood Park

Located on Lakewood Parkway, this 0.3 acre park is full of fun. It includes a basketball court, a newly remodeled playground, sandbox, picnic tables, and a field to play in.


Great Smokey Mountains National Park

The country’s most visited national park, offering a variety of trails for hikers of any age or skill level. Trail maps and assistance are available at the Park Visitor Centers.


423-436-5615

Diamond Brand Outdoors

Diamond Brand Outdoors is a complete outfitter and guide service in Arden, NC and in Downtown Asheville, NC. Whether you love hiking, camping, fly fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, or canoeing, Diamond Brand Outdoors is your one-stop shop for gear and information for your adventures in beautiful Western North Carolina!


Walton St. Pool/Park

4.8 acres, ballfield, concession stand, swimming pool, picnic shelter, handicap accessible, restrooms, playground, picnic tables, basketball court, grills, off street paved parking, Walton and Depot St., 254-8008


City County Plaza

City County Plaza is the best place to see amazing performances in Asheville. Almost all of the city’s activities are held here: Bele Chere, First Night Asheville, Fourth of July Fireworks, Shindig on the Green , and much more. It is within walking distance of some of the best resturants and cafes in Asheville. The park includes 4.7 acres of land with art work, landscaping, stage, and downtown location.


Martin Luther King Jr. Park

This 3.4 acre park is dedicated to the memory of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. The park inlcudes a lighted ballfield with scoreboard, concession stand, fitness court, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, open shelter, memorial statue, courtyard, and grills.


Amboy Road River Park

The park is located off of Amboy Road in West Asheville. It includes 6.5 acres that are currently under construction. The Park has added picnick tables and paved walking paths that follow the river. This is a great shady place to walk on hot summer evenings.


West Asheville Park

8.6 acres, ballfield, concession stand, picnic shelter, picnic tables tennis courts, restrooms, off street paved parking, playground, grills, basketball court, Vermont Ave.


258-2235

Asheville’s Urban Trail

The Asheville Urban Trail creates a living, historic walking tour of Asheville: a museum without walls, that illustrates and highlights the city’s heritage. “The remarkable abundance and survival of much of the city’s turn-of-the-century architecture has set the decorative tone for the rebirth of the downtown area. And the visual beauty and intricate detail of the architecture style found here is not only a feast for the eyes, but also stands as a visual reminder of the remarkable, creative history of the city and of the dynamic and talented individuals who first chose Asheville as home.” Along the Urban Trail the history of the city and of its people is represented in story and art.


(828) 259-5800

Charlie Bullman Park

This 6 acre park features two lighted ballfields, a concession stand, and restrooms. It is located off New Haw Creek Road in east Asheville.


Carrier Park

One of Asheville’s premiere parks offers volleyball courts, a giant playground, a roller-hockey rink, a basketball court, a multi-use track, a lawn bowling court, a paved trail and a multi-use sports field for baseball and soccer. Future development will include a picnic pavilion, river overlooks, boat landing, a wetland interpretive and education area, and more trails. Located on Amboy Rd. and Michigan Ave. in west Asheville.


Haw Creek Park

This park in east Asheville is 6.2 acres of beauty with wooden walking trails, a gazebo, restrooms and picnic tables. This is located at the conner of Avon and Beverly Roads in the Haw Creek


The Brew-Hoppers Guide to Asheville

Most people aren’t aware that Asheville is the brewing capital of the Southeast. In fact, on just about any day of the year, one can select from about 50 locally brewed craft beers.

 


WNC Nature Center

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is the first place where area children meet the animals they have read about. Deers, bears, cougars, wolf, racoons, birds and even farm animals are there for all to learn about. Exhibits on area poisonous snakes are worth absorbing. An aviary, self-guided nature trail and petting zoo make this a great place for the family. Small admission fee.


(828) 298-5600

Riverlink Bus Tours

Riverlink will give you tours of Chicken Hill, Richmond Hill Inn, Riverside Park, French Broad River Park, and Swannanoa River. Tours are $10 per person.


828-252-8474

Livingston Street Park

Located on 32.3 acres, Livingston Street Park has a ballfield, concession stand, tennis courts, and restrooms. The park is located in central Asheville off South French Broad Avenue.


Blue Ridge Bicycle Club

Whether you ride the parkway or the trails, this club has numerous planned rides with experienced leaders. Asheville has some great places to ride – come learn some new routes with the BRBC.


Thomas Wolfe Plaza

0.3 acres, memorial monument, handicap accessible, Woodfin St., Downtown


259-5800

North Carolina Arboretum

A 427-acre facility with a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and walking trails.


828-665-2492

Mountainside Park

.3 acre, ballfield, playground, picnic shelter, on street parking, Hunt Hill Street


259-5800

Pack Square

1 acre, fountain, memorial monument, handicap accessible, on street parking. Biltmore Ave., Downtown


259-5800

White Pine Park

5 acres, undeveloped, White Pine Court


259-5800

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Wolf Laurel Slopes, Tubing available


(800) 817-4111

Ann Patton Joyce Park

This park features a toddler playgound and 2 acres to run and play on in the Beverly Hills community.


Montford Park

4.1 acres, basketball courts, playground, restrooms, open shelter, tennis courts, picnic shelter, on street parking, Montford Ave.


253-3714

Thomas Wolfe Plaza

0.3 acres, memorial monument, handicap accessible, Woodfin St., Downtown, 259-5800


Pritchard Park

0.3 acres, fountain, bus shelter, seating, on street parking, College and Patton Ave., Downtown


259-5800

The American Adventure Service Corps

Is a year round, non-profit organization for ages 8-18, using outdoor adventure education, service to others and environmental education.


248-346-3902

Sunset Parkway

3 acres, linear passive park located on a large street median, on street parking, Sunset Parkway


259-5800

Roger Farmer Memorial Park

10.9 acres, ballfields, concession stand, picnic tables, restrooms, basketball court, shelter, paved off street parking, Dearview Rd.


258-2235

Sunset Parkway

3 acres, linear passive park located on a large street median, on street parking, Sunset Parkway, 259-5800


Seven Springs Park

3.7 acres, trails, on street parking, small shelter, Caledonia Rd.


252-6021

Roger Farmer Memorial Park

10.9 acres, ballfields, concession stand, picnic tables, restrooms, basketball court, shelter, paved off street parking, Dearview Rd., 258-2235


Skateboard Park

atop the Civic Center Parking Lot


778-8941

Ray L. Kisiah Park

37 acres, ballfields, concession, on street parking, restroom, West Chapel Rd


259-5800

Riverside Cemetery

87 acres, memorial monuments, historic grave sites, Birch St.


258-8480

Meadow Park

.75 acre, playground, picnic tables, off street unpaved parking, Caledonia Road


259-5800

Pearson Bridge River Park

.4 acres, undeveloped, Riverside Drive and Pearson Bridge


259-5800

Blue Ridge Parkway

One of America’s finest driving routes, following the the Blue Ridge Mountains from Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains.


Sugar Mountain Resort

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, Tubing available


800-784-2768

Choctaw Street Park

This 6.5 acre park is a largely undeveloped neighborhood getaway located in central Asheville. It does include two tennis courts.


Shiloh Park

7 acres, ballfield, concession stand, tennis courts, basketball court, playground, off street paved parking, restrooms, Shiloh Rd.


274-7739

Larchmont Park

.2 acres, undeveloped, Larchmont Road and Merrimon Avenue, 259-5800


Murry Hill Park

7 acre, undeveloped, Bartlett Street


259-5800

Richmond Hill Park

181.5 acres, undeveloped, Richmond Hill


259-5800

Cataloochee Ski Area


800-768-0285

Ski Beech


800-438-2093

Mount Pisgah Balloons

1410 Pisgah Highway, Chandler, NC


828-667-9943

Hawksnest Ski Resort


888-429-5763

Sapphire Valley


828-743-1164

NC Dressage and Combined Training Association


910-692-3504