Asheville and the Surrounding Region, NC

Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Asheville and the Surrounding Region, NC

Asheville and the Surrounding Region, NC Professional Review and Guide

"While the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited national park in the United States, nearby Madison County and Jackson County, bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains, the Balsam Mountains, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, may be North Carolina's best-kept secret. Centered around Sylva, Jackson County is 45 miles west of Asheville.

Nearby Madison County calls itself “the Jewel of the Blue Ridge.” Charles Frazier wrote about this scenic area in his novel Cold Mountain. Both counties and the other areas surrounding Asheville encompass lush mountains, valleys, and crystal-blue lakes. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions."

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"By far, this is the shortest and quickest ride featured in this book, and perfect if you have just a few minutes to get away. Consider it a “between-meals snack” for your bike. You’ll enjoy great views of the growing Asheville skyline as you ascend the steep, well-paved and twisty road to the Blue Ridge Parkway, where you can ride a few sweeping curves and visit the Folk Art Center.

From there, return by way of Tunnel Road, which cuts through a busy dining district—and Beaucatcher Mountain. It’s a wonderful introduction to the city of Asheville and makes for a great escape into nearby mountains. Points of interest: Asheville Skyline, Blue Ridge Parkway, Folk Art Center, many national franchise restaurants, Beaucatcher Tunnel on Tunnel Rd."

"Any hiker in North Carolina, especially a mountain-lover, eventually gets to hip, happenin’ Asheville. More Blue Ridge Parkway visitors enter and exit the road in Asheville than at any other place. The biggest attraction is the must-see Biltmore House and Gardens, George W. Vanderbilt’s 250-room summer place that is the United States’ largest home.

Beyond breathtaking gardens, interiors, and artwork, the estate has hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking. The fancy Inn on Biltmore Estate and the estate’s new Village Hotel, near Antler Hill Village and winery, are the perfect platforms for sampling Biltmore-raised foods, wines, hiking, biking and paddling."

"The Asheville-Biltmore Ramble, a delightful but challenging 17.5-mile ride, takes you by many of Asheville’s scenic and historically important sights and through architecturally diverse neighborhoods. It begins at the South Forest Shopping Center south of downtown, travels through Biltmore Forest, and passes near the entrance to the famed Biltmore Estate.

After a challenging climb to downtown, the route winds past Pack Square and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial to the historic Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, which offers spectacular views of Asheville and the mountains beyond. After passing the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the UNC Botanical Gardens, the route diverts through the Montford Historic District before heading back downtown. The route weaves through interesting streets in the heart of downtown, past the Grove Arcade, and then turns south to the starting point."

Asheville and the Surrounding Region, NC Reviews

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I live in Asheville, and this is a very broad overview of several hiking areas.
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The best part of the ride is the very beginning on Vanderbilt Rd in the town of Biltmore Forest. The homes are spectacular, roads in good condition, beautiful foliage, and no traffic. Coming out of Biltmore Forest and into downtown Asheville, the trail becomes dangerous, both traffic-wise and road condition wise. The sidewalks are cracked and not conducive to road bikes. I would suggest getting lost in the Biltmore Forest around Vanderbilt and enjoying the seclusive affluent neighborhood.

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Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Up to a week's worth of fun.
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Oct 2018