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Hiking Hotspot: Flat Rock Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway

A hidden gem on the Blue Ridge Parkway which sees relatively little traffic due in comparison to more popular tourist attractions (Grandfather Mountain, Blowing Rock) is the Flat Rock overlook trail. This spectacular summit vista is easily accessible to pretty much everyone as the loop is just over a half mile long. While this hike […]

Attraction of the Week: Devil’s Courthouse on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Driving the Pisgah portion (MP 339-469) of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must do if you are vacationing in or near Asheville. Located an easy daytrip distance from the city, the drive is a great way to explore the beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. From waterfalls, to state parks, to dramatic overlooks, to […]

Hiking Hotspot: Black Balsam Knob

Black Balsam Knob, at 6214 feet, is the second highest peak in the Balsam Mountain range, and the 23rd highest peak in North Carolina. First on the list is Richard Balsam at 6410 feet, which also comes in as the 10th highest summit east of the Mississippi. At Milepost 431 along the beautiful Blue Ridge […]

Richard Balsam: The Highest Point on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Asheville is the gateway to exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. One of America’s top rated drives, the Blue Ridge Parkway, is within easy reach of the city limits. There are numerous sights of interest within daytrip distance. The drive to the highest point on the Parkway is particularly scenic as there are gorgeous tall […]

Hiking Hotspot: Courthouse Falls

One overlooked waterfall in the beautiful Western North Carolina region is Courthouse Falls, located about 6 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway in Transylvania County, “The land of waterfalls.” Despite its’ immense beauty, tourists tend to pass over this one in favor of more easily accessible waterfalls. Thus, if you do decide to venture off-the-beaten […]

Hiking Hotspot: Moore Cove Falls

One of the most popular attractions in Western North Carolina is an amazing roadside waterfall known as Looking Glass Falls. In an area nicknamed “The land of waterfalls,” Looking Glass stands out as the best-of-the-best. Not surprisingly, thousands of tourists flock to this site each year due to its’ easy accessibility. While it’s definitely worthy […]

Hiking Hotspot: Bear Wallow Mountain

Western North Carolina offers no shortage of beautiful mountain hikes. Bearwallow is a popular 1 mile out-and-back trail featuring a 600 foot climb up to a beautiful meadow. As it is located just 30 minutes outside of Asheville, this hike is quite popular with active locals as well as tourists looking to explore the beauty […]

Mount Mitchell: The Highest Point East of the Mississippi

The Blue Ridge Parkway, “America’s Favorite Drive,” is loaded with scenic vistas of the most dramatic mountain range in the East. The misty fog passing over the mountains creates a surreal picture-perfect setting. Asheville is the perfect place to start your adventure as many of the drive’s most memorable stops are located within an easy […]

Hiking Hotspot: Collier Cove in WNC

Hidden far away from the tourist congestion in Asheville lies a quaint little known preserve which offers gorgeous views of the Butler mountain range and ample wildlife watching opportunities. If you find yourself seeking a peaceful escape, take a 20 minute drive south of Asheville to the small community of Arden. As an added bonus, […]

Attraction of the Week: Jump Off Rock

Many beautiful overlooks of the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains can be found throughout the entire Western North region, most notably via the Blue Ridge Parkway. While this drive is incredible, it can get super busy. Avoid the tourist traffic jams and opt instead for a little gem known as the Jump Off Rock overlook. This […]