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Guidebook for Fairview

Joe & Jen
Joe & Jen
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Joe & Jen

Guidebook for Fairview

Food Scene
You can't come to NC without having a good biscuit! We think this is the best place around by far. Usually a long line on weekends, so get there early!
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Blue Ridge Biscuit Company
601 West State Street
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You can't come to NC without having a good biscuit! We think this is the best place around by far. Usually a long line on weekends, so get there early!
BEST pizza ever! And they have a super yummy Greek salad too. A nice selection of local beers on tap as well.
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Fresh Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta
100 South Ridgeway Avenue
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BEST pizza ever! And they have a super yummy Greek salad too. A nice selection of local beers on tap as well.
Tasty fresh Mexican food, and good margaritas too! If the weather is nice, choose the outdoor seating in their back courtyard - it's a lovely place for lunch or dinner!
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Mountain Madre
13 W Walnut St
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Tasty fresh Mexican food, and good margaritas too! If the weather is nice, choose the outdoor seating in their back courtyard - it's a lovely place for lunch or dinner!
This restaurant has a unique combination of Mexican and Cuban fusion cuisine. If you are looking for a twist on traditional Mexican, you may like this spot. It's a bit more on the expensive side, so lunch may be a better option.
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Salsa's
6 Patton Ave
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This restaurant has a unique combination of Mexican and Cuban fusion cuisine. If you are looking for a twist on traditional Mexican, you may like this spot. It's a bit more on the expensive side, so lunch may be a better option.
This is a good place to stop for coffee if you're headed out early in the morning to Asheville or for a hike. They have some food items on the menu too, like bagels. Also, they have a drive thru! Open 7:00am - 5:00pm
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Daymoon Coffeebar
381 Old Charlotte Highway
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This is a good place to stop for coffee if you're headed out early in the morning to Asheville or for a hike. They have some food items on the menu too, like bagels. Also, they have a drive thru! Open 7:00am - 5:00pm
A new brewery and restaurant in Asheville, known for it's fermentation and yeast culture-based cuisine. The pizza dough is a fermented dough. They have mostly meat-based items on the menu, but you can get a good Margherita pizza.
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White Labs Kitchen & Tap
172 S Charlotte St
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A new brewery and restaurant in Asheville, known for it's fermentation and yeast culture-based cuisine. The pizza dough is a fermented dough. They have mostly meat-based items on the menu, but you can get a good Margherita pizza.
If you like ice cream, you've gotta try the Ultimate! They sell homemade ice cream with flavors that change seasonally. You can try beer ice cream, popcorn ice cream, and even kombucha ice cream. They also sell vegan ice creams that are almond or rice-milk based as well as sorbets. (And you can buy extra for take-out to bring home!)
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Ultimate Ice Cream Company
1070 Tunnel Road
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If you like ice cream, you've gotta try the Ultimate! They sell homemade ice cream with flavors that change seasonally. You can try beer ice cream, popcorn ice cream, and even kombucha ice cream. They also sell vegan ice creams that are almond or rice-milk based as well as sorbets. (And you can buy extra for take-out to bring home!)
Rhubarb is a popular farm-to-table restaurant in Asheville that features fresh market foods and ingredients from local farmers. Sunday nights at 6:30pm is a "Sunday Supper" where you can enjoy a three-course meal at their communal tables for a set menu price. This is a great option for solo travelers or for anyone who enjoys meeting new people while having a good meal.
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Rhubarb
7 Southwest Pack Square
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Rhubarb is a popular farm-to-table restaurant in Asheville that features fresh market foods and ingredients from local farmers. Sunday nights at 6:30pm is a "Sunday Supper" where you can enjoy a three-course meal at their communal tables for a set menu price. This is a great option for solo travelers or for anyone who enjoys meeting new people while having a good meal.
If you want to try CBD oil hemp ice cream, this is your place. The Hop also serves speciality vegan ice creams and unusual ice creams flavors featuring seasonal and local ingredients.
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The Hop Ice Creamery
167 Haywood Rd
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If you want to try CBD oil hemp ice cream, this is your place. The Hop also serves speciality vegan ice creams and unusual ice creams flavors featuring seasonal and local ingredients.
Great for a quick bite of tasty Middle Eastern food in the heart of downtown Asheville. Try the Sabich pita, the Falafel pita or the Hummus salad. The food is fresh and affordable.
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Baba Nahm
1 Page Ave
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Great for a quick bite of tasty Middle Eastern food in the heart of downtown Asheville. Try the Sabich pita, the Falafel pita or the Hummus salad. The food is fresh and affordable.
Nice open rooftop bar in Asheville with views of the mountains. Best to enjoy for drinks before or after dinner, especially if the weather is good for an outdoor bar experience.
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Hemingway's Cuba Restaurant & Bar
15 Page Ave
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Nice open rooftop bar in Asheville with views of the mountains. Best to enjoy for drinks before or after dinner, especially if the weather is good for an outdoor bar experience.
This is a great little gem for yummy empanadas, tamales and crepes. They have vegan and vegetarian options as well as the gluten-free corn tamales. If you like tasty food off the beaten path, you should give this place a try! Open Wed-Sun.
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La Guinguette
105 Richardson Blvd
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This is a great little gem for yummy empanadas, tamales and crepes. They have vegan and vegetarian options as well as the gluten-free corn tamales. If you like tasty food off the beaten path, you should give this place a try! Open Wed-Sun.
A good choice for Sunday Brunch if you want to enjoy the mountain views and have unlimited food to enjoy. It's a bit of a stretch to call this place "artisanal" as, in our opinion, it's more of a quantity over quality place. However, you can definitely get your money's worth if you eat meat and/or seafood. Vegetarians and vegans will likely be disappointed. The buffet is $40 pp and best to book online in advance.
Blue Ridge Artisanal Buffet
290 Macon Avenue
A good choice for Sunday Brunch if you want to enjoy the mountain views and have unlimited food to enjoy. It's a bit of a stretch to call this place "artisanal" as, in our opinion, it's more of a quantity over quality place. However, you can definitely get your money's worth if you eat meat and/or seafood. Vegetarians and vegans will likely be disappointed. The buffet is $40 pp and best to book online in advance.
Good, fresh & affordable Mexican food just outside of downtown Asheville...and they have plenty of parking too.
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Papa's & Beer
17 Tunnel Road
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Good, fresh & affordable Mexican food just outside of downtown Asheville...and they have plenty of parking too.
We like Ole for an easy, tasty and affordable Mexican meal that's also a close drive from the house - less than 25 minutes. It's always busy so that's a good sign that they are doing something right! If the weather is good, sit outside by the creek and enjoy the sound of the water.
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Ole's Guacamoles
401 East State Street
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We like Ole for an easy, tasty and affordable Mexican meal that's also a close drive from the house - less than 25 minutes. It's always busy so that's a good sign that they are doing something right! If the weather is good, sit outside by the creek and enjoy the sound of the water.
Freshly made organic sourdough bread sold daily as well as locally roasted fresh coffee from Dynamite Roasting Coffee. You can eat in or take away. They also serve fresh baked goods such as bagels, croissants, scones and cookies.
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Rise Above Bakehouse
1207 Charlotte Hwy
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Freshly made organic sourdough bread sold daily as well as locally roasted fresh coffee from Dynamite Roasting Coffee. You can eat in or take away. They also serve fresh baked goods such as bagels, croissants, scones and cookies.
Now you can get Hop ice cream in Black Mountain! Newly opened in 2019, this small ice cream shop features seasonal flavors using locally sourced ingredients. It's yummy and a great choice for dessert.
The Hop Black Mountain
116 Cherry St
Now you can get Hop ice cream in Black Mountain! Newly opened in 2019, this small ice cream shop features seasonal flavors using locally sourced ingredients. It's yummy and a great choice for dessert.
Enjoy SUNDAY BRUNCH here from 10-4pm or have a quiet local dinner from Wednesday - Saturday. It's a nice spot for a romantic meal. Check out their menu online and make a reservation if going for brunch.
The Monte Vista Hotel
308 W State St
Enjoy SUNDAY BRUNCH here from 10-4pm or have a quiet local dinner from Wednesday - Saturday. It's a nice spot for a romantic meal. Check out their menu online and make a reservation if going for brunch.
While we don't eat meat ourselves, this is the place we would recommend for anyone who would like to try a locally sourced meat specialty restaurant. Foothills is known for using every part of the animal in its creations and strives to support local farmers by partnering with them to use their ingredients.
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Foothills Butcher Bar: Black Mountain
107 Black Mountain Ave
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While we don't eat meat ourselves, this is the place we would recommend for anyone who would like to try a locally sourced meat specialty restaurant. Foothills is known for using every part of the animal in its creations and strives to support local farmers by partnering with them to use their ingredients.
This is the closest restaurant to our house, it's open Wed- Sun and features classic American fare. On the weekends, they have live music. It's a chilled-out local and friendly vibe with families, dogs and an outdoor firepit.
straightaway cafe
1555-1583 NC-9
This is the closest restaurant to our house, it's open Wed- Sun and features classic American fare. On the weekends, they have live music. It's a chilled-out local and friendly vibe with families, dogs and an outdoor firepit.
The Montford Rooftop Bar is a great place to catch a rooftop sunset in Asheville. Be sure to make an online reservation for sunset time since it's usually full and they won't allow more people upstairs without a reservation.
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The Montford Rooftop Bar
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The Montford Rooftop Bar is a great place to catch a rooftop sunset in Asheville. Be sure to make an online reservation for sunset time since it's usually full and they won't allow more people upstairs without a reservation.
Parks & Nature
Nice view from the top!
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Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St
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Nice view from the top!
Rent a pontoon boat here for 1 hour up to 1 day, it's a nice way to have a break from the crowds. Jump in the water and swim too! The pontoon company is pet friendly so you can bring your dog.
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Lake Lure
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Rent a pontoon boat here for 1 hour up to 1 day, it's a nice way to have a break from the crowds. Jump in the water and swim too! The pontoon company is pet friendly so you can bring your dog.
This trail climbs 537 feet in elevation, so it's strenuous but not difficult. We recommend climbing the mountain on the trail (mostly shaded) and walking back down the service road for a two mile loop hike. This woodland hike ends at a grassy meadow at top, home to friendly, grazing cows during the summer. After driving a mostly unpaved road up the mountain for two miles, park roadside at the top of the ridge. You'll see a gate in front of the service road that goes to the top. Walk around the gate and look for the big sign that marks the Bearwallow Mountain Trail.
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Bearwallow Mountain Trail
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This trail climbs 537 feet in elevation, so it's strenuous but not difficult. We recommend climbing the mountain on the trail (mostly shaded) and walking back down the service road for a two mile loop hike. This woodland hike ends at a grassy meadow at top, home to friendly, grazing cows during the summer. After driving a mostly unpaved road up the mountain for two miles, park roadside at the top of the ridge. You'll see a gate in front of the service road that goes to the top. Walk around the gate and look for the big sign that marks the Bearwallow Mountain Trail.
The Trombatore Trail is a new, beautiful woodland hike to the grassy summit of Blue Ridge Pastures (elevation 3,780 feet). The 2.5-mile trail (5 miles roundtrip) was completed in late 2014. It's adjacent to another great hike to through a mountaintop pasture at Bearwallow Mountain. The reward at the end of the strenuous trail (climbs 1,200 feet in elevation) is a sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, from Mt. Mitchell to the north to neighboring Bearwallow Mountain to the south, with the rim of the Hickory Nut Gorge to the east.
Trombatore Trailhead
The Trombatore Trail is a new, beautiful woodland hike to the grassy summit of Blue Ridge Pastures (elevation 3,780 feet). The 2.5-mile trail (5 miles roundtrip) was completed in late 2014. It's adjacent to another great hike to through a mountaintop pasture at Bearwallow Mountain. The reward at the end of the strenuous trail (climbs 1,200 feet in elevation) is a sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, from Mt. Mitchell to the north to neighboring Bearwallow Mountain to the south, with the rim of the Hickory Nut Gorge to the east.
This 3-mile trail climbs about 1,800 feet in elevation, taking you to a 100-foot waterfall, towering cliffs and a panoramic lookout point from Wildcat Rock. It ends in a highland grassland atop Little Bearwallow Mountain, elevation 3,980 feet. It opened in April 2017. From the parking area, cross the road to begin the hike. Look for the Little Bearwallow Mountain trail marker. The first part of the trail follows a wood fence through an orchard. Follow the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy orange blazes.
Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead
3836 Gerton Hwy
This 3-mile trail climbs about 1,800 feet in elevation, taking you to a 100-foot waterfall, towering cliffs and a panoramic lookout point from Wildcat Rock. It ends in a highland grassland atop Little Bearwallow Mountain, elevation 3,980 feet. It opened in April 2017. From the parking area, cross the road to begin the hike. Look for the Little Bearwallow Mountain trail marker. The first part of the trail follows a wood fence through an orchard. Follow the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy orange blazes.
Linville Falls is probably the most photographed waterfall in North Carolina. It is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Milepost 316.4, about 66 miles north of Asheville. You can hike to five viewpoints via two trails leaving from the Visitors Center (1.5 miles from the Parkway). Only one of the trails is strenuous, and you can hike to all five viewpoints with a four-mile hike.
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Linville Falls
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Linville Falls is probably the most photographed waterfall in North Carolina. It is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Milepost 316.4, about 66 miles north of Asheville. You can hike to five viewpoints via two trails leaving from the Visitors Center (1.5 miles from the Parkway). Only one of the trails is strenuous, and you can hike to all five viewpoints with a four-mile hike.
Crabtree Falls is located in the Crabtree Falls & Meadows Recreation Area at Milepost 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (about 45 miles north of Asheville) and is accessed by a woodland hiking trail with two options: an easier 3-mile hike to and from on the same trail, with a steady descent and return climb; or a more strenuous 3.5-mile loop trail that climbs a ridge above the falls. It's a beautiful hike, complete with plenty of wildflowers in the early summer. The 70-ft. waterfall is definitely worth the trek!
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Crabtree Falls
39000 Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Crabtree Falls is located in the Crabtree Falls & Meadows Recreation Area at Milepost 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (about 45 miles north of Asheville) and is accessed by a woodland hiking trail with two options: an easier 3-mile hike to and from on the same trail, with a steady descent and return climb; or a more strenuous 3.5-mile loop trail that climbs a ridge above the falls. It's a beautiful hike, complete with plenty of wildflowers in the early summer. The 70-ft. waterfall is definitely worth the trek!
The popular 1.5-mile (one-way) strenuous hike to the 5,721-ft. summit provides lofty views. Coming from Asheville, look for the parking area on the left before you reach the Pisgah Inn (Milepost 407.6). The trail starts at the back of the parking area behind the large sign. At the parking lot, you are just shy of 5,000 ft. in elevation and you are in the midst of the high-elevation northern hardwood forest. You will hike in this forest, dominated by oaks, all the way to the summit. You climb all the way, and the second half is the steepest with lots of rock steps to climb up. It's a rocky trail, so wear good walking shoes.
Mount Pisgah Trail
The popular 1.5-mile (one-way) strenuous hike to the 5,721-ft. summit provides lofty views. Coming from Asheville, look for the parking area on the left before you reach the Pisgah Inn (Milepost 407.6). The trail starts at the back of the parking area behind the large sign. At the parking lot, you are just shy of 5,000 ft. in elevation and you are in the midst of the high-elevation northern hardwood forest. You will hike in this forest, dominated by oaks, all the way to the summit. You climb all the way, and the second half is the steepest with lots of rock steps to climb up. It's a rocky trail, so wear good walking shoes.
Graveyard Fields is a very popular hiking spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 418.8). This beautiful hiking trail is about four miles. Start from the overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a map on the sign at the parking area. Take the trail at the lower end (right side looking away from Parkway) of the parking area. This descends down a paved path through a thick patch of rhododendron, down some steps and to a bridge. Cross the bridge, turn right along the trail until you come to the first trail intersection to the right, and descend a long flight of steps to viewing platform for Lower (or Second) Falls.
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Graveyard Fields Loop Trail
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Graveyard Fields is a very popular hiking spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 418.8). This beautiful hiking trail is about four miles. Start from the overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a map on the sign at the parking area. Take the trail at the lower end (right side looking away from Parkway) of the parking area. This descends down a paved path through a thick patch of rhododendron, down some steps and to a bridge. Cross the bridge, turn right along the trail until you come to the first trail intersection to the right, and descend a long flight of steps to viewing platform for Lower (or Second) Falls.
Rough Ridge is one of the best spots in the mountains for brilliant early fall color. Enjoy spectacular mountain views. Just a 1/3-mile uphill hike from the parking area (Milepost 302.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC) is a boardwalk atop the rocky mountain that protects fragile vegetation. Continue hiking for another 1/2 mile to the Rough Ridge summit (4,773 ft. elevation). The views keep getting better! There are several large boulders along the trail that you can sit on to take in the views. Take a picnic! At the summit, the highest rock has cables to help you reach the top. Total elevation climb from the parking area is 480 ft. Park at the Parkway overlook at Milepost 302.8.
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Rough Ridge Lookout - Grandfather Mountain, NC.
3218 Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Rough Ridge is one of the best spots in the mountains for brilliant early fall color. Enjoy spectacular mountain views. Just a 1/3-mile uphill hike from the parking area (Milepost 302.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC) is a boardwalk atop the rocky mountain that protects fragile vegetation. Continue hiking for another 1/2 mile to the Rough Ridge summit (4,773 ft. elevation). The views keep getting better! There are several large boulders along the trail that you can sit on to take in the views. Take a picnic! At the summit, the highest rock has cables to help you reach the top. Total elevation climb from the parking area is 480 ft. Park at the Parkway overlook at Milepost 302.8.
Beacon Heights is a short one-mile roundtrip hike at Milepost 305.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina with a big pay-off with spectacular views from several rock platforms to explore safely. It's a best kept secret for sure since most Parkway visitors do not know about it.
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Beacon Heights Overlook Trail
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Beacon Heights is a short one-mile roundtrip hike at Milepost 305.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina with a big pay-off with spectacular views from several rock platforms to explore safely. It's a best kept secret for sure since most Parkway visitors do not know about it.
Mount Craig (altitude 6,647') is the second highest peak in the eastern United States, only 37 feet lower than neighboring Mount Mitchell, the highest peak. To reach the Mt. Craig summit, take a two-mile roundtrip hike on the Deep Gap Trail (sometimes called the Black Mountain Crest Trail) from the picnic area on the summit of Mt. Mitchell. The hike includes a good bit of climbing, but it is not overly strenuous.
Black Mountain Crest Trail
Mount Craig (altitude 6,647') is the second highest peak in the eastern United States, only 37 feet lower than neighboring Mount Mitchell, the highest peak. To reach the Mt. Craig summit, take a two-mile roundtrip hike on the Deep Gap Trail (sometimes called the Black Mountain Crest Trail) from the picnic area on the summit of Mt. Mitchell. The hike includes a good bit of climbing, but it is not overly strenuous.
Big Butt Trail to Point Misery: This trail begins at the Walker Knob Overlook at Milepost 358.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (4.4 miles north of Craggy Gardens and 4 miles south of Mt Mitchell). Park and look for the "Big Butt Trail" post to your left. The 4.5-mile roundtrip hike is strenuous since you are usually going up or down a hill, including some steep sections. Doesn't hiking the Big Butt Trail to Point Misery sound delightful? Well, it is! This high elevation (5,000+ feet), roller coaster hike along the mountain ridges is perfect on a hot summer's day since temperatures run 10-20 degrees cooler than in the city of Asheville.
Walker Knob Overlook
59700 Blue Ridge Pkwy
Big Butt Trail to Point Misery: This trail begins at the Walker Knob Overlook at Milepost 358.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (4.4 miles north of Craggy Gardens and 4 miles south of Mt Mitchell). Park and look for the "Big Butt Trail" post to your left. The 4.5-mile roundtrip hike is strenuous since you are usually going up or down a hill, including some steep sections. Doesn't hiking the Big Butt Trail to Point Misery sound delightful? Well, it is! This high elevation (5,000+ feet), roller coaster hike along the mountain ridges is perfect on a hot summer's day since temperatures run 10-20 degrees cooler than in the city of Asheville.
This short mile-high hike offers huge rewards. It's only a 1.4-mile round-trip hike to the top of the 5,892-ft. summit, Craggy Pinnacle. at Craggy Gardens. The exceptional panoramic 360-degree views are hard to beat in Western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. The hiking trail goes through tunnels of rhododendron, gnarled sweet birch trees and wildflowers. Near the top, there are side trails to explore.
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Craggy Pinnacle Hike
3641 Blue Ridge Pkwy
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This short mile-high hike offers huge rewards. It's only a 1.4-mile round-trip hike to the top of the 5,892-ft. summit, Craggy Pinnacle. at Craggy Gardens. The exceptional panoramic 360-degree views are hard to beat in Western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. The hiking trail goes through tunnels of rhododendron, gnarled sweet birch trees and wildflowers. Near the top, there are side trails to explore.
A must-hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 420.2, about 26 miles from Asheville) is the Black Balsam Knob area, which includes some of the most spectacular mountain balds in the Southern Appalachians. Walk almost three miles on the balds without dropping back into the trees. With views similar to those iconic "Sound of Music" scenes, you may be singing "The Hills Are Alive." It's definitely unique for our area. There are many options for hikes in this area, and you only have to hike a half mile to reach the first balds. So you can hike as little or as much as your want. Take a picnic!
Black Balsam Knob Road
A must-hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 420.2, about 26 miles from Asheville) is the Black Balsam Knob area, which includes some of the most spectacular mountain balds in the Southern Appalachians. Walk almost three miles on the balds without dropping back into the trees. With views similar to those iconic "Sound of Music" scenes, you may be singing "The Hills Are Alive." It's definitely unique for our area. There are many options for hikes in this area, and you only have to hike a half mile to reach the first balds. So you can hike as little or as much as your want. Take a picnic!
Be sure to stop at the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway! And there's a great highland hike that offers a cool hiking option on hot summer days. There are two overlooks for Richland Balsam, near Milepost 431 (about 45 miles from downtown Asheville). Driving south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you will reach the parking area on the right first, signed "Haywood-Jackson Overlook." This is where you park for the 1.5-mile loop hike to the top of Richland Balsam. Continue south on the Parkway about 1/3 mile to the overlook on the left with the large sign proclaiming "Highest Elevation" on the Parkway (6,053 feet).
Richland Balsam Overlook
Be sure to stop at the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway! And there's a great highland hike that offers a cool hiking option on hot summer days. There are two overlooks for Richland Balsam, near Milepost 431 (about 45 miles from downtown Asheville). Driving south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you will reach the parking area on the right first, signed "Haywood-Jackson Overlook." This is where you park for the 1.5-mile loop hike to the top of Richland Balsam. Continue south on the Parkway about 1/3 mile to the overlook on the left with the large sign proclaiming "Highest Elevation" on the Parkway (6,053 feet).
Waterrock Knob is a must-stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located at Milepost 451.2 (just 18 miles from the end of the Parkway), it features the last hiking trail along the Parkway as you travel toward the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This peak (6,292 ft.) is the 16th highest mountain in the Eastern United States - and the 15th highest of the 40 mountains in North Carolina over 6,000 feet. A 1.2-mile round-trip hike will take you to the top of the summit. The steep climb gains 412 ft. in elevation.
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Waterrock Knob
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Waterrock Knob is a must-stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located at Milepost 451.2 (just 18 miles from the end of the Parkway), it features the last hiking trail along the Parkway as you travel toward the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This peak (6,292 ft.) is the 16th highest mountain in the Eastern United States - and the 15th highest of the 40 mountains in North Carolina over 6,000 feet. A 1.2-mile round-trip hike will take you to the top of the summit. The steep climb gains 412 ft. in elevation.
If you would like to run or jog during your stay, this is an option that we recommend. The Lake Tomahawk trail is a flat, scenic dirt path. The loop is .55 miles. It's mostly in the sun, so on a hot day plan to jog early morning or late afternoon. (We do not recommend running on the main roads near our house because there is no shoulder and with many winding curves, it's not safe for foot traffic.) Another good option for running is the Fletcher Parks and Recreation in Fletcher, NC.
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Lake Tomahawk
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If you would like to run or jog during your stay, this is an option that we recommend. The Lake Tomahawk trail is a flat, scenic dirt path. The loop is .55 miles. It's mostly in the sun, so on a hot day plan to jog early morning or late afternoon. (We do not recommend running on the main roads near our house because there is no shoulder and with many winding curves, it's not safe for foot traffic.) Another good option for running is the Fletcher Parks and Recreation in Fletcher, NC.
This park is a great option if you enjoy a long scenic loop for running in a forest setting. The trails are flat; some are paved and some are dirt but they are all suitable for running, jogging and walking. (We do not recommend running on the main roads near our house because there is no shoulder and with many winding curves, it's not safe for foot traffic.) Another good option for running is at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain, NC.
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Fletcher Parks & Recreation
85 Howard Gap Road
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This park is a great option if you enjoy a long scenic loop for running in a forest setting. The trails are flat; some are paved and some are dirt but they are all suitable for running, jogging and walking. (We do not recommend running on the main roads near our house because there is no shoulder and with many winding curves, it's not safe for foot traffic.) Another good option for running is at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain, NC.
If the weather is good, this makes a GREAT day trip for a short summit hike to see 360 views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you want to add a waterfall hike, check out Elk River Falls after Roan Mountain.
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Roan Mountain
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If the weather is good, this makes a GREAT day trip for a short summit hike to see 360 views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you want to add a waterfall hike, check out Elk River Falls after Roan Mountain.
This is a wonderful waterfall that is very close to the parking lot, so it's a great choice for anyone who can't do a big or strenuous hike as many other waterfalls require a fair amount of walking to access the water. It's also very close to Roan Mountain so if you want a Blue Ridge mountain view and waterfall combo in a day trip, then Elk River Falls + Roan Mountain should tick all the boxes!
Elk River Falls Parking
This is a wonderful waterfall that is very close to the parking lot, so it's a great choice for anyone who can't do a big or strenuous hike as many other waterfalls require a fair amount of walking to access the water. It's also very close to Roan Mountain so if you want a Blue Ridge mountain view and waterfall combo in a day trip, then Elk River Falls + Roan Mountain should tick all the boxes!
Sightseeing
Asheville By Foot Walking Tour: This 2-hour guided walking tour of downtown Asheville is especially interesting for any history or architecture enthusiast. Even if you've been to Asheville before, you will learn new things about the city. Tour runs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It's a nice way to spend the morning, followed by lunch in the downtown. Check their website for booking online in advance ($25 per person). Starts at 10am.
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Asheville
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Asheville By Foot Walking Tour: This 2-hour guided walking tour of downtown Asheville is especially interesting for any history or architecture enthusiast. Even if you've been to Asheville before, you will learn new things about the city. Tour runs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It's a nice way to spend the morning, followed by lunch in the downtown. Check their website for booking online in advance ($25 per person). Starts at 10am.
Everything Else
Enjoy real natural mineral water in Hot Springs NC. The Spa has outdoor tubs overlooking a creek that you can rent by the hour. The health-giving properties of this resort’s hot mineral waters have been famous since 1778. This is a great option for a cold or rainy day (we've even been there in the snow!). Rent your tub in advance by phone as they are often full on weekends. Choose the Cascade tub for a real VIP experience...perfect for a romantic celebration.
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Hot Springs Resort And Spa
315 Bridge Street
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Enjoy real natural mineral water in Hot Springs NC. The Spa has outdoor tubs overlooking a creek that you can rent by the hour. The health-giving properties of this resort’s hot mineral waters have been famous since 1778. This is a great option for a cold or rainy day (we've even been there in the snow!). Rent your tub in advance by phone as they are often full on weekends. Choose the Cascade tub for a real VIP experience...perfect for a romantic celebration.
Great place to run or walk, it's a flat .55 mile loop around the lake with views of the mountains all around.
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Lake Tomahawk
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Great place to run or walk, it's a flat .55 mile loop around the lake with views of the mountains all around.
Local cheese creamery with a tasting room/restaurant just down the road in Fairview. They're usually open Thursday - Sunday, check their website for more details.
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Looking Glass Creamery, LLC
57 Noble Road
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Local cheese creamery with a tasting room/restaurant just down the road in Fairview. They're usually open Thursday - Sunday, check their website for more details.
Local brewery here in Fairview...if you like microbrews this is the place to be, it's off the beaten path and has great beer!
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Turgua Brewing
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Local brewery here in Fairview...if you like microbrews this is the place to be, it's off the beaten path and has great beer!
Food/ Essentials
Grocery store with some organic options as well.
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Food Lion
1350 Charlotte Highway
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Grocery store with some organic options as well.
Large supermarket with everything you need including wine and beer.
Ingles Black Mountain
Large supermarket with everything you need including wine and beer.
This is one of our favorite stores as it sells discounted organic food items. If you normally shop at Wholefoods or Earth Fare, then you'll be amazed at this place. You'll find the same brands and items for half the price!
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Hopey & Co.
3018 Old US Hwy 70
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This is one of our favorite stores as it sells discounted organic food items. If you normally shop at Wholefoods or Earth Fare, then you'll be amazed at this place. You'll find the same brands and items for half the price!
Check out this local produce market selling organic produce from local farmers as well as their own home grown vegetables in the summer months. They also have a small cafe that offers freshly made smoothies and healthy sandwiches.
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Roots and Fruits Market
151 S Ridgeway Ave
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Check out this local produce market selling organic produce from local farmers as well as their own home grown vegetables in the summer months. They also have a small cafe that offers freshly made smoothies and healthy sandwiches.
Saturdays from 9am-12pm in the summer: check out the local farmer's market and enjoy fresh food, local vibes and live music.
Black Mountain Tailgate Market
130 Montreat Rd
Saturdays from 9am-12pm in the summer: check out the local farmer's market and enjoy fresh food, local vibes and live music.