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  1. Colloquially known as the “Yosemite of the East.” Panthertown Valley is home to massive rock plutons, sandy valley bottoms and a lush, Southern Appalachian Bog, ecosystem.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    38.0 miles
    Duration
    An hour to a full day.
  2. Saunter through a high country meadow on your way to panoramic views atop The Purchase.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    29.3 miles
    Duration
    Plan to spend about a day exploring the Purchase Knob!
  3. The Blowing Rock, located in the nearby town of the same name, is a wonderful little family destination with great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    62.5 miles
    Duration
    You could experience this view in just 30 minutes, or spend some time and have a picnic.
  4. On the edge of the Pisgah Ledge, a towering crest which looms high above the valley floor, local lore claims the Devil holds court in a cave at the base of a sinister looking rock face. His toils and trials were such a waste – he should have climbed to the top - the view is heavenly!

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    26.8 miles
    Duration
    It won't take long to hike up there, but you will want to spend some time exploring!
  5. John Rock Loop affords a steep 5.5 mile hike, offering some stunning views of the surrounding area.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    23.9 miles
    Duration
  6. Chimney Tops’ gnarled, dual summit towers precipitously over a raging river, amidst the rugged terrain of the Great Smokies’ western slope!

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    51.7 miles
    Duration
    1-2 hours
  7. Take a hike, on the Appalachian Trail, to reach this gnarled rock formation with a storied past.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    46.2 miles
    Duration
    3-5 hours
  8. A meandering hike along roaring cascades into one of the most beautiful drainage basins the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    33.6 miles
    Duration
    4-6 hours
  9. Mount Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi, and it provides some of the best hiking, trail running, and backpacking east of the Mississippi as well.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    22.5 miles
    Duration
    Full day
  10. An easily accessible trail head provides access to a scenic hike along Fisher Creek which leads to panoramic views atop Black Rock.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    37.1 miles
    Duration
    3-4 hours
  11. Graveyard Fields — a rather ominously named high valley in the Great Balsam Mountains — is rife with beauty. Fear not on a trip to this outdoor wonderland, the only things that will be buried are your cares and worries!

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    23.9 miles
    Duration
    1-2 hours
  12. This 9.5-mile loop features quite a bit of climbing (2,000 feet), but the views of surrounding peaks and of the Columbia River Gorge make it well worth the effort.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    1.2 miles
    Duration
    3-6 hours
  13. Mt. Sterling's summit is home to a historic fire tower that offers breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A scenic, 5 mile round-trip, trail leads hikers through lush forestry from the trailhead to the summit.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    31.8 miles
    Duration
    1-2 Days
  14. By using the Art Loeb Trail, you can reach one of the most scenic spots in southern Appalachia in just half a mile. The views from Black Balsam's grassy bald are beyond description.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    25.1 miles
    Duration
    1-3 hours
  15. The duel summit of Sam’s Knob is perched above a high country meadow and surrounded by towering Appalachian peaks. A beautiful drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway leads visitors to the Sam’s Knob Trailhead for a day of high country adventure.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    25.1 miles
    Duration
    1-2 hours
  16. A fitting Memorial to the man who authored “Trees.” Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is home to towering trees accessed by a hiker-friendly, 2 mile, double loop trail.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    78.8 miles
    Duration
    It won't take very long to hike the loop, but you will want to spend some time exploring the forest.
  17. Cool yourself in the refreshing waters of an Appalachian stream after a 1/2 mile hike from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    22.9 miles
    Duration
    The trail is only 1/2 mile each way, but you will want to plan time to spend at the falls!
  18. Sliding Rock is regarded as one of America's Top 10 swimming holes, and for great reason. Enjoy zipping down the rock before plunging into a refreshing pool of mountain stream water.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    22.0 miles
    Duration
    As long as you want
  19. Located in Brevard's backyard, the DuPont State Forest is a 10,000-acre outdoor mecca with amazing family hiking trails and plenty of other recreation.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    24.9 miles
    Duration
    One hour to several hours.
  20. The Biltmore; an ornate outdoor oasis in the heart of Asheville.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    2.1 miles
    Duration
    Varies; anywhere from one hour to a full day.
  21. Craggy Gardens offers an easy local hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway that's well-known for its 360-degree views.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    13.5 miles
    Duration
  22. "The Crown Jewel" of Appalachia, Shining Rock, is topped with massive quartz rock formations that will dazzle the eye's of all visitors!

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    22.3 miles
    Duration
    An hour to a full day.
  23. The views are grand, the approach hike is picturesque and the summit experience is more than memorable on the rocky precipice known as “The Pinnacle.”

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    37.1 miles
    Duration
    1-2 hours
  24. An easy access mountaintop playground off the Blue Ridge Parkway with a picnic area, hiking trail to the summit and long range views in every direction make Waterrock Knob a must-visit.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    33.7 miles
    Duration
    One hour to a whole day.
  25. Looking Glass Rock; a veritable beacon of granite within the Pisgah National Forest. Its’ towering omnipresence fills the forest with iconic views, classic climbing routes and a hike to remember.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    23.1 miles
    Duration
    1.5-2.5 hours
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