French Broad River
Asheville lies in a valley of the tremendous Appalachian Mountains, and the French Broad River slices through the city. Naturally, taking to the water is a favorite local and visitor pastime, and a warm summer day is the perfect time for a water adventure. Grab a kayak and get ready for some fun at the French Broad River. No matter your skill level, here you can enjoy various activities, from canoeing to kayaking to paddle boarding; there’s something for everyone. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can also embark on a river excursion that passes through Biltmore Estate.
Blue Ridge Parkway
If you’re seeking more adventure and want to immerse yourself in the great outdoors and beautiful surroundings, look no further than Blue Ridge Parkway. Each 1.5 kilometers you drive on the parkway, you’ll find something new to discover and explore. If you’re seeking out epic panoramic views, make your way up to Beacon Heights, a short 1.6-kilometer, round-trip hike just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The flat rock landscape at the top also makes for a dreamy picnic location! Another must-see spot is the Orchard at Altapass. Here you can enjoy music, pick apples and even take a hayride through the orchard.