Day Hikes and Backpacking
Asheville Adventure Company is the premier provider for all of the best day hikes and backpacking trips in the Asheville area. We buck the tradition that permeates our industry of offering over priced “guided trips” to places that can be found with a simple Google search. All of our trips are unique and way off the radar for most visitors to this beautiful area. We pride ourselves in planning trips that are awe inspiring from the very moment that you show up at our shop until you pull away after and say goodbye. We hire only experienced guides who will give you a unique perspective on this area. We are also able to offer custom trips and group outings to fit any budget, interest, and group. For custom trips we will work closely with you to design an incredible day, weekend, or week!
The Perfect Fall Hike
We will head out from our shop in North Asheville for the incredibly scenic drive to the trail head along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway. Once we arrive we will take a spectacular hike up to our overlook. This truly remote spot will give you the feeling that you are really “out there.” The view from the summit features some of the most spectacular displays of fall colors and the surrounding landscape that can be found in the Southern Appalachian mountains. From our lookout at over 6000 feet we are guaranteed to be treated to a wide array of colors all through the fall. We will sit and enjoy the view for as long as we please and enjoy some light organic snacks that we will bring along before beginning the hike back to the van. Once we return to Asheville we will conclude with a cold cider from Urban Orchard and rehash a fantastic afternoon.
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Hike to a Secret Swimming Hole
We designed this trip all around what it means to live in the mountains during the summer: swimming holes and beer! We start this trip in the mid morning, after the day has had a chance to get nice and warm. We will drive out of town on the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway to one of the most incredible swimming holes in the area. We will have a short hike to this top secret swimming hole that is known by few. The seclusion of this spot allows us plenty of quiet space to spread out and take in the cool mountain water under the hot sun. Once we have finished baking on the warm rocks along the bank, we will take the short and scenic hike back to our transportation. After winding through the Blue Ridge Parkway one last time, we will conclude at New Belgium Brewery, located right along the banks of the French Broad River where we can soak up the eclectic River Arts district and round out the perfect Asheville day with a beer.
The Perfect Weekend Appalachian Trail Trip
When the days are short and cold in December, there’s nothing that we love to do more than to daydream about how to spend those long spring and summer weekends, and this is a trip that we have been daydreaming about for a long time. You will arrive in the picturesque mountain town of Hot Springs on Friday afternoon and check in to a historic b&b with your fellow travelers. We will then all meet for a drink and dinner and discuss the weekend to come. Here we will fully outfit you with our brand new backpacking equipment and show you everything that there is to know. The following morning we will rise early with the sun and get a delicious breakfast and coffee on our way out of town. We will then turn onto the famous Appalachian Trail that runs right through the town of Hot Springs and hike into the breathtaking Blue Ridge mountains towards the Tennessee border. A fresh and hot lunch will be prepared for you under the warm afternoon sun before making our final leg of the journey. As the afternoon gets long we will arrive in the valley where your camp will have been set up for you earlier in the day by one of our porters. Your guide will make you a gourmet dinner as you watch the stars slowly begin to appear. The rest of the evening will be spent by the warm fire, getting to know your fellow travelers. On our final day, we will reach the crescendo of our hike as we summit Max Patch, a gorgeous high alpine bald with 360 degree mountain views. Light snacks will be served here before descending to our transportation back to Hot Springs, where we will conclude the trip soaking our tired legs in a natural hot spring. Oh and one last thing, from the time you arrive in Hot Springs until we say our final goodbye, we cover everything, from your b&b, to all of your meals. This will be the best weekend of your year, by far.