Western North Carolina has some of the finest mountain views in the southeast. To avid outdoors enthusiasts, mountains equate to hundreds of miles of hiking trails. We are blessed to be surrounded by thousands of federal, state and private acres of scenic beauty.
Dupont State Forest is well known for trails spreading over 10,000 acres. More than a half dozen cascading waterfalls are frequented while a few are harder to find. Trails are shared with leashed dogs, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Whether you live in the area or are just passing through, Dupont State Forest is a must see.
Carl Sandburg Home is an excursion for all ages. In addition to touring the historic home, visitors can walk the 264 acre grounds. Children of all ages will enjoy the goat farm and milking barn. But what makes this site unique is that it sits at the base of Glassy Mountain. Hike to the top and enjoy the spectacular view from the outcropping of bare granite.
Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park is only 5 miles from downtown Hendersonville. For the hiking challenged, you can park within a few hundred feet of a panoramic view that provides stunning views of the valley below nestled between the Blue Ridge and Pisgah Mountain ranges. Hiking trails range from light to challenging. And like the other mentioned trails, there is no admission charged for hiking!
There are so many wonderful places to hike in western North Carolina that it would take a book, not a blog to list them all. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs right through WNC as does the Appalachian Trail, so it goes without saying that you could spend a lifetime exploring these mountains and never run out of adventure.