Things to Do in Asheville, North Carolina

Things to Do in Asheville, North Carolina
"National Geographic Adventure Magazine" describes Asheville as the "Boulder of the East." While, this southern mountain town can easily be compared to Boulder, Colorado, Asheville has a distinct personality of its own. While it has the culture and conveniences that you would expect from a city, the mountains, parks and rivers of Asheville are as essential to its identity as its theaters, museums and galleries. With the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as sections of the Appalachian trail surrounding the city, outdoor enthusiasts can find an abundance of activities.

Geocaching Asheville

Geocaching combines the fun of a scavenger hunt, the skill of orienteering and the athleticism of hiking. It uses a GPS to discover hidden caches, which are small boxes that contain a log book. There are hundreds of caches in both the urban and mountain areas of Asheville. Some businesses even offer geocaching prizes. For example, in 2008, Eagles Nest Outfitters awarded backpacks, hiking pillows and water bottles. Highgear awarded Alterra altimeter watches. Asheville coordinates are at 35°34'48"N, 82°33'21"W.

You can find a list of Asheville caches at the geocaching.com website.
You will need to register in order to get the details of the different locations.

Canopy and Comedy

Canopy and Comedy is a unique lodging package offered by the Hampton Inns of Asheville. A canopy tour consists of a cable that is attached to two secure poles above tree level. Riders wear a harness, as they glide from one point to the next. The three-hour canopy portion of the package takes place at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours. Participants glide through a diversity of ecosystems. Guides explain the wildlife and historic sites passed along the way. The 90-minute LaZoom Bus Tour is the comedy portion of the package. It combines Asheville sightseeing with corny jokes and slapstick humor. In 2009, the package cost $429 for two people, and included two nights hotel, a three-hour canopy tour for two and a 90-minute LaZoom bus tour for two.

Hampton Inn Biltmore Square
1 Rocky Ridge Road
Asheville , North Carolina 28806
(828) 667-2022

Hampton Inn Tunnel Road
204 Tunnel Road
Asheville , North Carolina 28805
(828) 255-9220

Hampton Inn & Suites I-26
18 Rockwood Road
Fletcher, North Carolina 28732
(828) 687-0806

ashevillehamptoninns.com

Hiking Mount Mitchell

Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. It offers a multitude of trails for all levels, as well as a variety of amenities. For example, as you enter the park, the office has an information center, maps and restrooms. The park restaurant, which is open from May to October is halfway to the summit. There is also a concession stand at the park summit. The 0.1 mile Summit Trail has benches for resting along the way, and is perfect if you are traveling with an older or deconditioned friend. The three quarter mile balsam nature trail is more challenging, with several rocky sections. Seasoned hikers might prefer the three-quarter mile Camp Alice trail, which is steeper and rougher than the other summit trails. True hikers will enjoy the 5.6 mile steep and rough Mount Mitchell Trail.

Mount Mitchell State Park
66 Ranger Dr
Asheville, North Carolina 28805
(828) 675-4611
ncparks.gov

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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