Hiking near Asheville

We came here for a short getaway from our home & faily in Michigan and we’ve had a wonderful time. The Willow Winds property proved to be all that it had promised and then some. We hope to return with our kids sometime. Asheville was a lot of fun too — very different from what we’re used to. Our favorite eatery was Jack of the Wood’s, We tried the Scotch eggs, some local brew’s and the Sheppard’s pie…all accompanied by some very talented bluegrass musicians.

Thanks Willow Winds for a great place to stay

Jim And Sharon (Michigan)

Cabins By Mountain Hiking Trails

For those who love hiking in nature, the Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail is adjacent to Willow Winds. The North Carolina Arboretum, which is just one exit away from Willow Winds on the Blue Ridge Parkway, has wonderful nature trails, as well as miles of jogging and biking trails. No serious hiker and lover of nature should fail to hike the trails of the Craggy Gardens in June and July to see a beautiful mountaintop display of rhododendron. It is only 23 miles from Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a short drive from our Asheville rentals. Another popular hiking option is Chimney Rock Park and its Skyline, Hickory Nut Falls, Four Seasons, Outcroppings and Great Woodland Adventure trails. The Dupont State Forest is one of the best and least crowded hiking spots in Western North Carolina.

Sunset over mountain range

The hiking options in the Western North Carolina mountains also include part of the famous 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail within a short drive of our Asheville cabins. You can hike a 10-mile loop of the trail that passes through Hot Springs, about 35 miles from Asheville. Near Hot Springs, you can also try the scenic Laurel River Trail for good hiking—and fishing. Or you can explore other sections of the Appalachian Trail between the North Carolina-Georgia border and the southern boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or on or near the North Carolina-Tennessee border.

Much closer to Asheville vacation rentals, you can drive to milepost 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway to hike the 1.6-mile trail to the 5,721-foot summit of Mount Pisgah. Also along the Parkway, you’ll find many other hikes and walks of varied length and difficulty including the Rattlesnake Lodge (milepost 374.4), Devil’s Courthouse (milepost 422.4) and Waterrock Knob (milepost 451.2) trails.

About 18 miles east of Asheville, the Montreat Conference Center has a number of trails open to the public.

Sun peaking through clouds over a mountain range

Just north of The Cradle of Forestry on Highway 276 near Brevard, about 40 miles from our Asheville cabin rentals, you’ll find the Pink Beds Trail, named for the wildflowers that bloom here in the spring along with mountain laurel and rhododendron.

Finally, here are 10 of our favorite hikes in western North Carolina. They include a variety of scenery and terrain. The level of difficulty varies from easy to moderate to difficult.

Staying at Greg’s Cabin at Willow Winds proved to be a great choice. I loved having my green tea in the morning on the outdoor balcony looking out at the Tulip trees and listening to the sounds of the fountains. The location was perfect: close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Downtown Asheville, and the Airport. There is so much to do here in this beautiful and majestic landscape!

Judi Irons (Scottsdale, AZ)


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