Fun in the mountains in Asheville! From rafting and rock climbing to hiking and biking, activities for visitors of all ages.
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.
Whitewater rafting, cave tours, tubing, canoe/kayak rentals, and much more. Locations in Asheville, Boone, Marshall North Carolina, Elizabethton Tennessee. Lunches include local and organic foods. The best outdoor adventures in the high country. The only guide-owned and operated outfitter in the area. Guaranteed best customer service. The only eco-tourism outfitter in the High Country. Call for Reservations! Tours start at $15.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Southern Appalachian Supper Club and Moonshine Bar serves delicious local, seasonal and organic fare over candle light. This prohibition era supperclub was once Thomas Wolfe’s famous speakeasy: Eureka Saloon (1907-1922). Lex18 is considered one of Asheville’s most romantic restaurants with prohibition-era costumed waiters and nightly music. Moonshine Bar features hand crafted Asheville beers, Southern spirits and moonshine cocktails.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in Pack Place, the heart of Asheville’s thriving downtown cultural area, Colburn Earth Science Museum ignites imagination, enhances science capability, and unlocks innovation. For more than 50 years, the Colburn Museum has fostered an appreciation for the Earth and its resources and environments through its exhibits, educational programming, and the care of its collection.
Food Lion Skate Park is an outdoor skateboarding park at the corner of Flint and Cherry streets in downtown Asheville.
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.
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.
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.
Located in the Montford Community, Magnolia Park features a basketball court, restrooms, an open shelter, playground, picnic tables, and a paved walking path.
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.
The Kenilworth Park includes 3 acres of ballfields, basketball courts, picnic tables, a playground, restrooms, tennis courts, 2 grills and much more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An overview of a few of the finest golf courses in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, and eastern Tennessee.
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 . . .
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.
Nearly 500,000 acres of protected forest, featuring hundreds of miles hiking, biking, and horse trails, waterfalls, and beautiful mountaintop views. Feature Story
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
1 acre, fountain, memorial monument, handicap accessible, on street parking. Biltmore Ave., Downtown
White Pine Park
5 acres, undeveloped, White Pine Court
Thomas Wolfe Plaza
0.3 acres, memorial monument, handicap accessible, Woodfin St., Downtown
Ann Patton Joyce Park
This park features a toddler playgound and 2 acres to run and play on in the Beverly Hills community.
Seven Springs Park
3.7 acres, trails, on street parking, small shelter, Caledonia Rd.
87 acres, memorial monuments, historic grave sites, Birch St.
One of America’s finest driving routes, following the the Blue Ridge Mountains from Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains.
.75 acre, playground, picnic tables, off street unpaved parking, Caledonia Road
3 acres, linear passive park located on a large street median, on street parking, Sunset Parkway
Pearson Bridge River Park
.4 acres, undeveloped, Riverside Drive and Pearson Bridge
Is a year round, non-profit organization for ages 8-18, using outdoor adventure education, service to others and environmental education.
Choctaw Street Park
This 6.5 acre park is a largely undeveloped neighborhood getaway located in central Asheville. It does include two tennis courts.
Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, Tubing available
.3 acre, ballfield, playground, picnic shelter, on street parking, Hunt Hill Street
atop the Civic Center Parking Lot
Wolf Laurel Slopes, Tubing available
Roger Farmer Memorial Park
10.9 acres, ballfields, concession stand, picnic tables, restrooms, basketball court, shelter, paved off street parking, Dearview Rd.
4.1 acres, basketball courts, playground, restrooms, open shelter, tennis courts, picnic shelter, on street parking, Montford Ave.
Ray L. Kisiah Park
37 acres, ballfields, concession, on street parking, restroom, West Chapel Rd
0.3 acres, fountain, bus shelter, seating, on street parking, College and Patton Ave., Downtown
3 acres, linear passive park located on a large street median, on street parking, Sunset Parkway, 259-5800
7 acres, ballfield, concession stand, tennis courts, basketball court, playground, off street paved parking, restrooms, Shiloh Rd.
A 427-acre facility with a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and walking trails.
.2 acres, undeveloped, Larchmont Road and Merrimon Avenue, 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
Thomas Wolfe Plaza
0.3 acres, memorial monument, handicap accessible, Woodfin St., Downtown, 259-5800
NC Dressage and Combined Training Association
1410 Pisgah Highway, Chandler, NC
Murry Hill Park
7 acre, undeveloped, Bartlett Street
Richmond Hill Park
181.5 acres, undeveloped, Richmond Hill
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.