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Pisgah Glamping, Asheville
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Pisgah Glamping, Asheville

This glamorous camping is located inside Lake Powhatan Campground in Pisgah National Forest, just 10 miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore. 12 glampsites, bed linens, towels, wood, ice, coffee maker, electric hook ups, nearby bathhouse, hiking & biking trails, beach & fishing pier accessPisgah Glamping375 Wesley Branch RdAsheville, NC 28806

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Asheville Outlets Shopping Center

June 2020: Asheville Outlets is an open-air shopping center! The majority of retailers and eateries are now open, including American Eagle Outfitters, Lucky Brand, RH Outlet, West Elm Outlet, Pandora, Skechers, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Bradley Factory Outlet Store, Johnston & Murphy Factory Store, Talbot’s Outlet, and more.
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Pink Beds Trail, Pisgah National Forest

Pink Beds has been a popular woodland hiking and picnic spot in the Pisgah National Forest for many years. Located four miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway on US 276 (Forest Heritage Scenic Byway), the five-mile loop hike has little elevation change, a rarity in North Carolina& 39;s higher mountains. So, it& 39;s perfect for all skill levels.
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Richland Balsam, Blue Ridge Parkway

Be sure to stop at the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway! And there& 39;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 & 34;Haywood-Jackson Overlook.
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Oconaluftee Center & Mountain Farm Museum, Great Smokies

The Mountain Farm Museum and Oconaluftee Visitor Center are located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on U.S. Highway 441 / Newfound Gap Road near Cherokee, North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway ends nearby. Stop by the Oconaluftee Visitor Center for plenty of maps, guides, exhibits, helpful park rangers and programs.
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Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard

Stop by the Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard for a tour and a flight of beer in the Tasty Weasel Tap Room. Founded in Lyons, Colorado in 1998, Oskar Blues was the first American craft brewery to can beer. Located in an industrial park a few miles from downtown Brevard, the owner Dale Katechis built at this location due to its proximity to Pisgah National Forest with great mountain biking and for the pure mountain water.
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Road to Nowhere Drive & Hike, Great Smoky Mountains

For a scenic drive and a unique hike through a long tunnel, head to the Lake View Drive, known more commonly as the & 34;Road to Nowhere& 34;, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At the end of the six-mile winding road through the forest, find a network of hiking trails. A 3.2-mile loop option starts with a walk through a 1,200-foot tunnel built for a scenic drive that was never completed.
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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

May 2020: Visitors to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest should be aware that parking or leaving a vehicle along the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Road (FSR 416) is now prohibited. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest near Robbinsville is a living memorial to writer/poet Joyce Kilmer, best known for the poem, “Trees.
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First Day Hikes: New Year's Day

January 1, 2020The North Carolina state parks offer free guided First Day Hikes each New Year& 39;s Day, the perfect chance to begin a resolution for exercise and a connection with nature ( optoutside). If rain or snow is in the forecast, call the park office to see if the hike is still on. Here are the 2020 First Day Hikes in the Asheville area of the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills:Chimney Rock Park: A rare treat, hike up the 3-mile park road from the village to the top parking area.
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Navitat Canopy Adventures: Zip Lines near Asheville

Just 22 minutes from Asheville, Navitat Canopy Tours is a world-class eco-adventure with huge ziplines traversing a secluded 242-acre mountain cove with 1,200 feet of elevation change. Fly above the treetops on breathtaking zip lines up to 350 feet in height, ranging from 360 feet to 3,600 feet in length and at speeds up to 65 mph!
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Pisgah Forest Hiking & Waterfalls Map

The 500,000+ acres of Pisgah National Forest surrounding Asheville feature some of the most beautiful and rugged mountain scenery, and the best recreational opportunities in eastern North America. One of the four districts, & 34;Pisgah Ranger District,& 34; is a favorite area of ours for hiking and waterfalls, especially along the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway!
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Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville& 39;s historic public square has been a central focal point since the city& 39;s creation in 1797, lying at the intersection of ancient trading paths. It& 39;s named for George W. Pack who donated the land to create the park and funded most of the creation of the towering Vance Monument that was erected in 1896.
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Old Fort, NC

Surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest, Old Fort is a small quaint town easily accessed from Interstate 40& 39;s Exit 73, just east of Asheville and Black Mountain. Old Fort is one of fifteen NC Mountain Heritage Trout Cities and is known for its pre-Revolutionary War era history, mountain biking, hiking and waterfall trails.
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15 Grand Courthouses of Western NC

We love the many historic courthouses in the towns of western North Carolina near Asheville. While many are still in use, others have been repurposed into a variety of uses for the community. These seats of government remain an important focal point for pride and celebrations in each community. Go see them!
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Museum of the Cherokee Indian

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian tells the story of the Cherokee people and sets the scene for the Cherokee Heritage Trails. Here the Cherokee community presents its perspective on its own history and culture. Located in Cherokee, North Carolina, about 50 miles from Asheville, the museum& 39;s impressive exhibits takes you from 11,000 years ago to the present.
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What Is Rime Ice?

During the winter months, you will often see white on mountaintops or up just one side of a mountain. You may think it& 39;s snow, but it is often rime ice formed when water droplets in clouds or fog freeze to the trees. Often, the rime ice forms just on the windward (wind-facing) slope of the mountain as clouds sweep over the ridge.
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Roan Highlands Scenic Drive

While NC Highway 261 is only 12.8 miles long, the curvy road is packed full of great views as you climb 3,000 feet in elevation to the Roan Highlands. This mile-high scenic drive begins in Bakersville by the historic courthouse and downtown galleries. Drive by rolling farmland and cascading streams as you begin a gradual ascent through Pisgah National Forest and Mitchell County.
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Oconaluftee Indian Village, Cherokee

The Oconaluftee Indian Village is a living history museum that portrays a 1760s Cherokee village. This is the place to learn about their culture and traditions. Take a guided tour and interact with villagers as they hull canoes, make pottery and masks, weave baskets and beadwork, and participate in their daily activities.
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Rich Mountain Lookout Fire Tower, Hot Springs

Near Hot Springs is the historic fire lookout tower on Rich Mountain (3,643 feet elevation), located in Madison County in the Pisgah National Forest. From the top of the tower, enjoy beautiful panoramic mountain views on the NC / TN state line. You can access the tower by car or by hiking the Appalachian Trail.
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Mt. Sterling Hike, Great Smoky Mountains

Atop Mt. Sterling (5,842 ft elevation) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the historic, 60 ft. steel fire lookout tower built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This is the highest elevation of any fire tower remaining in the eastern USA. From the top of the Mt. Sterling Tower, you overlook Cataloochee Valley, the Pigeon River Gorge, the Unaka Mountains, the main ridge of the Smokies, the Black Mountains (east), and the end of the Southern Appalachians.
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Nantahala Gorge: Rafting, Zip Lines, Jeep Tours

The spectacular Nantahala Gorge, located in Nantahala National Forest, is one of America& 39;s favorite playgrounds for outdoor enthusiasts. It& 39;s located at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just a short distance from Cherokee and Bryson City. It& 39;s about 75 miles from Asheville (easy drive).
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