For more information on hiking options close to our Asheville rentals, see Willow Winds’ hiking trails page.
The Asheville Urban Trail Walking Tour
Begins at Pack Place
Biltmore Avenue at Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
A popular activity for guests of Asheville vacation rentals, this walking tour of Asheville tells the story of the city’s past. There are 30 stations highlighted on the trail, each with its own story, and many with original public art. Walkers can start anywhere they see an engraved pink granite Urban Trail marker, but station one is at Pack Square. Download a walking tour podcast, map and brochure.
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville
151 W.T. Weaver Boulevard
Asheville, NC 28804
Open year-round sunrise to sunset, The Botanical Gardens at Asheville feature more than 600 species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, vines, grasses and sedges native to the Southern Appalachians. With walking trails and picnic areas, it’s a perfect outing and just minutes from our Asheville, NC, cabins. Office open weekdays 11am to 3pm, Garden Path Gift Shop open mid-March through mid-December 10am to 4pm daily (closed Thanksgiving).
DuPont State Forest
Henderson and Transylvania Counties
between Hendersonville and Brevard, NC
The DuPont State Forest includes 10,400 acres with more than 80 miles of roads and trails, four major waterfalls and five lakes. Less than an hour’s drive from Willow Winds’ Asheville cabin rentals. Direction cards are in the office.
Friends of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail
P.O. Box 10431
Raleigh, NC 27605
The Mountains-To-Sea Trail stretches approximately 1,000 miles from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on North Carolina’s Outer Banks on the coast.
Navitat Canopy Adventures
242 Poverty Branch Road
Barnardsville, NC 28709
The Navitat Canopy Adventures zip line canopy tour is hidden away in the secluded wilderness of Moody Cove, just 20 minutes north of your Asheville cabin.
North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806
The North Carolina Arboretum encompasses 434 acres including 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails within a very short drive of Willow Winds’ cabins in Asheville, NC. Features indoor and outdoor exhibits, gift shop and calendar of special events. Open daily 8am to 9pm April 1 through October 31, 8am to 7pm November 1 through March 31. Exhibit center, education center and Bonsai Exhibition Garden open daily 9am to 5pm. Café open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 4pm.
Pisgah National Forest
National Forests in North Carolina
160 Zillicoa Street, Suite A
Asheville, NC 28801
Much of Western North Carolina is covered by National Forest lands, making it a hiker’s paradise right in the backyard of our North Carolina cabin rentals. Looking Glass Falls, The Cradle of Forestry, and Sliding Rock (a 60-foot natural water slide) are located along U.S. Highway 276 in the Pisgah National Forest. For maps or information on great places to hike, call the National Forest Service at 828-257-4200 or look up Pisgah National Forest on U.S. Forest Service website.
Chimney Rock Park
Chimney Rock, NC 28720
Chimney Rock Park features unique hiking trails, with panoramic views and a small main street area with shops and restaurants.