Best Weekend Hiking Trails

There’s no better end to a long week than breathing in some fresh air and appreciating the views on one of the many beautiful hikes that surround Asheville. We compiled a list of our favorite trails, so that you know where to head on your next day off. Time to go grab some snacks, a camera, and your favorite boots! Happy trails!

Pisgah National Forest

John Rock Trail Loop  |  Looking Glass Rock  |  Twin Falls Trail

In the luscious forests of the Appalachian Mountains, Pisgah hiking trails have something for everyone. From calm rivers, to sweeping views, to powerful waterfalls, you can spend as much time as you’d like exploring all that this National Forest has to offer. In addition to hiking, Pisgah offers a wide range of outdoor activities, such as fishing, camping, and biking.

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount LeConte

Alum Cave Trail  |  Bullhead Trail  |  Rainbow Falls Trail

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Mount LeConte stands at 6,593 feet, making it the third highest peak in this National Park. You can make this a packed day of hiking on one of the scenic and challenging trails, or you can turn your trip into a multi-day excursion. We recommend getting a reservation at the charming and rustic LeConte Lodge, which sits at the top of Mount LeConte and offers a warm meal and great views to reward your climb up.

Difficulty: Hard

Max Patch

Max Patch Loop

Max Patch is the perfect trail to visit if you are looking for breathtaking views without the strenuous climb. The trail is an easy 1.5 mile loop that takes you to a large bald mountain with views of famous peaks such as Mt. Mitchell and the Great Smokies. This hike is the perfect location for a spectacular sunrise viewing or an afternoon picnic, and leaves you itching to return.

Difficulty: Easy

Roan Mountain

Grassy Ridge Bald via Appalachian Trail

Sitting on the border of the North Carolina and Tennessee mountains, Roan Mountain has a surplus of amazing hiking trails. One of our favorites is Grassy Ridge Bald via the Appalachian Trail. This hike takes you to two separate balds, which allow you to take in the overwhelming views and appreciate the rhododendron that Roan Mountain is so well-known for. Often called the most beautiful section of the Appalachian Trail, you will not regret making your way to this trail for a sunny weekend adventure.

Difficulty: Moderate

DuPont State Forest

Triple Falls Trail  |  Hooker Falls Trail |  High Falls Trail

As the names suggest, DuPont State Forest is known for its magnificent waterfalls. These trails are among the most popular in the park, but outdoor lovers will be thrilled to learn that this forest has over 80 miles of trails to explore. Hikers can channel their inner Katniss Everdeen while on their trek, as this forest served as the setting for the popular film “The Hunger Games”.  After spending the day checking out all that DuPont has to offer, you can make your way to the delightful town of Hendersonville to dine and shop.

Difficulty: Easy

Blue Ridge Parkway

Rattlesnake Lodge  |  Craggy Pinnacle  |  Craggy Gardens

Of course, this list could not be complete without a mention of trails on the beloved Blue Ridge Parkway. Even if you are not up for a hike, taking a drive along the winding road of this parkway is something that everyone in Asheville needs to experience. With a wide range of hikes, you are sure to find something along the way that pleases the whole group. These trails take you through magical forests to views of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, making for the perfect weekend activity.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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