With thousands of trail miles winding endlessly through the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s no wonder that Asheville is considered one of the hiking epicenters in the country. Thirty miles of forest and soaring ridgeline make Art Loeb the most iconic hike in all of Pisgah National Forest’s 500,000 acres. From this trail you will reach Black Balsam Knob, one of the most breathtaking balds in Southern Appalachia.
For a rigorous and rewarding adventure, hike to the formidable summit of Looking Glass Rock, a 600-foot beacon of granite rising out of Pisgah, and share the astounding panoramic views with the rock climbers as they top out.
Spend a day exploring DuPont Recreational Forest, a 10,000 acre swath of wilderness filled with cascading waterfalls, rolling trails, and swimming holes. If time is limited, check out Graveyard Fields, a verdant high valley just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, teeming with diverse plant life and sweeping views.