I went to a TDA meeting a few weeks ago (Tourist Development Meeting) and was so interested to hear of all the great, creative ways they are marketing Asheville and helping develop it’s assets. One of the things that really impressed me was the amazing collection of resources on their new website that has collections of the best hikes, restaurants, itineraries and events calendar. Even as a local, I find that I’m often scouring the web for hike ideas, as I tend to do the same hikes over and over. So, I am pleased to share this with my guests as well - especially this hiking guide.
Speaking of favorites, one of my favorite summer hikes is the out and back Deep Gap Trail, which is accessed at the Mt. Mitchell Parking lot off the Blue Ridge Parkway. This trail is about an hour from Asheville, and well worth the drive. Yes, there are spectacular views, but for me it’s the incredible forests you walk through on the way.