Also, Mt. See our Top 10 Accessible Paved Trails. Skip to main content. Search form Search. When selecting trails, we use the following criteria: The hike trailhead is easy to find and within miles of Asheville.
The trail is safe, marked, and maintained. Does not require any special equipment, technical skills or shoes. The Tanawha Trail features many rock outcrops to enjoy sweeping mountain panoramas. Turn around at any time or continue the trail to Beacon Heights 4 miles. Milepost Add to My Favorites. Take a "walk in the woods" in the most scenic sections of the 2,mile Appalachian Trail near Asheville, high in the North Carolina mountains. See our favorite six-day hikes for all fitness levels. You'll hike the "backside" of the mountain, gaining 1, feet in elevation and a gradual climb almost the entire way.
Also hike the Craggy Gardens Trail between the picnic area and visitor center through rhododendron that bloom in June. Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost Craig, a two-mile round-trip hike. Continue on the Deep Gap Trail for another 3. For a more challenging hike, take the 5.
Mitchell Trail from the Black Mountain Campground. Almost entirely devoid of trees above 6, ft. Take a picnic! Since it's so beautiful, expect big crowds on nice weekends. Enjoy the falls safely on a boulder at its base or at the top. A little upstream is Turtleback Falls, a cool summer swimming hole.
The Graveyard Fields Loop is about four miles. What a picnic spot, with degree mountain views! The 1. The 2. Or extend your hike in either direction of the AT. You'll see why, with interesting geological features and stunning views. To reach the 6,ft. Often overlooked, the challenging Four Seasons Trail begins near the Meadows and takes you through a beautiful deciduous forest and boulder fields. We love to hike this and nearby Table Rock on the same day!
Take a picnic. It is not one mountain, but a high ridge about five miles long, the highest point being 6, ft. Hike the ridge on the Appalachian Trail for sweeping views all along the way. Hike by the river to the lower falls, a foot cascade.
Experienced hikers and rock climbers can continue on to a challenging hike to the stunning Upper Catawba Falls. Hike to one or all five viewpoints via two trails that leave the Visitors Center. Only one of the trails is strenuous, and you can hike to all five spots with a four mile hike. Many spring wildflowers. Just 18 miles from downtown Asheville. With an elevation of 4, ft. It's all uphill with 1, ft. On the Tennessee side of Newfound Gap Road. A great place to keep cool since their summer temperatures seldom go above 75 degrees!
You'll see two separate cascades, so you get two waterfalls for one hike. Many options, easy to moderate Located just 10 miles south of downtown, the Arboretum has 10 miles of easy to moderate walking and biking trails. It's a romantic spot, but don't leap! Fawn Lake and Lake Julia are great swimming holes, too. Or you can mountain bike most of it on old logging roads.
Extend the hike about 1. And you'll find many fewer hikers here. Find our favorite short hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, ranging from easy strolls to strenuous climbs. Also see ranger-led guided hikes held weekly in summer and fall. Hidden away at Milepost This trailhead is just five miles from Hawksbill, so you can double your fun.
This award-winning adventure tour company specializes in guided hiking and backpacking tours of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A top-rated company on TripAdvisor with all-inclusive trips and expert guides, they are one of the Smokies' premier adventure options. Go to their website. Located near Highlands, this ft. It's a short hike in Nantahala National Forest. Beautiful hike along the way. While the water flow is not impressive, it's a beautiful setting that is overlooked by many since there are no signs.
Open mid March-mid November, find a tranquil and diverse forest along with picnic tables and exhibits. Hike or bike to it. Many hike combinations due to a network of trails. This beautiful waterfall setting is an easy hike in Pisgah National Forest.
In construction of the Hoover Dam introduced invasive fish that feed on dace larvae and compete for food resources. The building of resorts in the s, with swimming pools and bath houses, took more dace habitat. In Moapa Valley Refuge was established — the first refuge set aside for an endangered fish — to preserve habitat for the dace.
The Perkins Tower on Bear Mountain is clearly visible. My Account. The Short Hiker : Small Green Circles, 3rd Edition eBay In the winter, it is the destination of snowshoers and winter campers who make their way to the lake on foot. The architecture from the outside is worth a visit. February 6, Iceland Buddy. Content property of Red Tricycle Inc. Start the hike by walking east on the road toward the parkway.
From a viewing window along a short wheelchair-friendly trail, see the fish swim a real spring-fed stream. Fish and Wildlife Service employee Angelina Yost, formerly based there. Video: Moapa dace. Wow your friends. Gross out your family. Henry Oelz, age 8, from California, joined his cousins and his dad, Andrew Oelz, on a walk down the trail this spring. Henry peered at the yellow-crowned night heron scat box. At another box, Henry nailed the scat quiz ID, matching American alligator scat to the large reptile. Refuge video: The Scoop on Poop. The trail lets visitors get an interpretive assist from their smartphones via QR codes.
On May 12, — a full month after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant in Virginia — Northern troops and Southern troops were still at it in Texas.
The rebels won. Some call the two-day battle the last land battle of the Civil War. Others regard it as a post-war action. A new interpretive platform, built by the South Texas Refuge Complex, gives visitors a degree view of the Palmito Ranch Battlefield. The refuge, the National Park Service and the Texas Historical Commission are partnering to give it higher visibility.
Battle history not your thing? Head north for another side of history. If you want to up the adventure quotient without tiring your feet, canoe trails on national wildlife refuges could be just your ticket. The 8.
Guided canoe tours are offered from April to September. In south Georgia, paddling the fabled cypress swamp at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is a treat in spring and fall. Look for alligators, sandhill cranes and lots of other wildlife.