The weather in Asheville, NC is a little on the chilly side…and while this is a plus for many reasons (peaceful, mosquito-free hikes, anyone?), we can’t help but think of warmer times to come. So to keep these warm thoughts at the forefront of our tobogganed noggins, let’s remind ourselves of all the spring hikes we have to look forward to:
Looking Glass Falls : These falls are 60 feet tall, and when frozen, resemble the glassy surface of a mirror. In the warmer temps though, it’s just a wonderful sight you can experience right off US 276. Pull over off this road, and there are steps to a viewing area perfect for Instagram-worthy shots of you and your loved ones.
NC Arboretum : We are lucky to have the Arboretum just 15 minutes from our cabins! This place is perfect for the budding horticulturalist, but anyone can appreciate the splendidly-manicured gardens and well laid-out trails. You can bike, walk or just sit in one of the benches to just meditate and take it all in. Plan your trip around one of their educational exhibits to take a piece of the Arboretum back home with you.
Catawba Falls : This waterfall has become recently accessible thanks to much needed trail renovation. Only a half-hour from our cabins, it is the closest natural waterfall to Asheville, and is truly beautiful in person. The highest part of the falls is around 100 ft tall, but hiking is only allowed to the lower falls due to hazardous footpaths and slippery rocks. No worries though, the view of the falls from the lower area is stunning.
Graveyard Fields : While Graveyard Fields is a bit more of a drive (49 miles), it makes for a fantastic day trip. This mountain valley is a favorite among hiking locals, and since it’s 5000 ft elev. it is cool even when the dog days of summer are in full-swing. There are a couple of waterfalls you will come across when hiking Graveyard Fields, so bring a snack and relax along the way. We recommend the Graveyard Fields loop trails!
Lake Julian : 300 acres, only a 17 minute drive from Asheville Cabins. This lake is used as a cooling agent for the local power plant, but don’t let that deter you. This thermal lake offers fishing, boating, a convenient picnic space and lots of area for running and yard games. Fishing does require a NC Fishing License, so plan ahead OR if you prefer to not have to get one, just enjoy the free trout fishing at our pond on property! 🙂
Hiking Bent Creek : Nestled against the NC Arboretum is a hiking area that is a local treasure. There are several trails to pick from, with varying difficulty but none of them particularly long or strenuous. Many of them circle beautiful Lake Powhatan. Since this is a research forest, keep up to date on what areas might be closed. It is an expansive piece of land, so a nice perk is that this watershed rarely feels crowded.
Asheville Botanical Gardens : Free parking right outside, free admission, and a gorgeous hike through protected gardens. Plant species native to the Southeast flourish in the spring and fall, but no matter the time of year there is something blooming! This hike isn’t cluttered or overly-labeled…it’s meant to be a peaceful walk for quiet reflection. Open year round, but the visitor center/gift shop will re-open this spring.
Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds offers one, two and three bedroom cabins located 15 minutes from downtown Asheville. At our Asheville NC cabin rentals you don’t have to bring linens, towels, paper products or laundry supplies. You’ve got your own relaxing hot tub on the back deck, two playgrounds on property, and are close to things to do in Asheville!