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The Best Hiking Trails Near Asheville, NC

Asheville is just one hour away from Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley and offers a variety of hiking trails for all levels of expertise. Whether you're staying at our Camp-Resort for a week or weekend, or just passing through Asheville, we recommend checking out one of the many hiking trails this city has to offer. Keep reading for easy, moderate, and strenuous hiking trails near Asheville to find one that's perfect for you!

Craggy Gardens: Easy - 1.4 Miles

Begin your Asheville hiking journey with a leisurely stroll through Craggy Gardens. This easy 1.4-mile trail will take you through a breathtaking rhododendron garden that explodes with color in the spring. And, in late summer, ample blackberries and blueberries line the trail. This Asheville hiking trail located an hour and a half from Jellystone Park Golden Valley offers panoramic views and is suitable for hikers of all levels.

Mount Mitchell Trail: Strenuous - 5.6 Miles

For those seeking a more challenging Asheville hiking trail adventure, the Mount Mitchell Trail is a must-visit. At 5.6 miles round trip, it's a strenuous hike that leads to the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. The reward? Spectacular views and a true sense of accomplishment. The hour and a half drive from our North Carolina resort is well worth it for views like these!

Linville Falls Trail: Easy - 1.6 Miles

Linville Falls Trail is perfect for those looking for a shorter, easy hike. With a 1.6-mile trek along Erwin's View Trail, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the Linville Gorge and the iconic Linville Falls. This North Carolina hiking destination is an ideal spot for a peaceful picnic, and it’s only an hour away from Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley!

Graveyard Fields Loop: Easy to Moderate - 3.3 Miles

Graveyard Fields Loop is a well-known destination for hikers and a popular spot for blueberry picking in the summer. The 3.3-mile loop takes you through fields of wildflowers and alongside waterfalls. It's an easy to moderate hike suitable for all ages. This trail is some of the best hiking in North Carolina, and a two hour drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway will bring you here from our Camp-Resort!

Looking Glass Rock Trail: Strenuous - 6.4 Miles

Looking for a strenuous challenge? The Looking Glass Rock Trail offers a 6.4-mile round trip adventure, leading to the iconic Looking Glass Rock. This strenuous climb is rewarded with breathtaking views of Pisgah National Forest! These breathtaking Asheville hiking views await just an hour and a half from our North Carolina campground.

Dupont State Recreational Forest: Easy to Moderate - Varying Distances Up to 10 Miles

Dupont State Recreational Forest provides a diverse range of hiking options. With various trails offering distances of up to 10 miles, this is the perfect place to explore waterfalls, forests, and beautiful landscapes at your own pace. Journey an hour and a half from Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley to visit this North Carolina hiking destination!

John Rock Loop: Moderate - 5.5 Miles

Located less than two hours from our North Carolina campground, the John Rock Loop is a 5.5-mile hike known for its exceptional views of the Pisgah National Forest. It's a moderate trail suitable for hikers looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Appalachian wilderness. Enjoy some of the best hiking in North Carolina with this hiking trail near Asheville!

Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain: Moderate - 5 Miles

Explore the stunning vistas from Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain with this 5-mile loop. The moderate difficulty level makes it accessible for many hikers, and the 360-degree views will leave you in awe. This stunning North Carolina hike is well worth the two hour drive from Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley.

Rainbow Falls: Moderate - 3.9 Miles

The 3.9-mile round trip to Rainbow Falls is an ideal choice for those seeking a moderately challenging hike. This scenic hiking trail takes you to a stunning waterfall, offering the perfect backdrop for a rest and some photos. Take in the beauty of Asheville hiking with this trail located two hours from our North Carolina campground.

Max Patch Loop: Easy - 1.4 Miles

Max Patch Loop is a 1.4-mile easy loop that leads you to one of the most iconic views in the region. This grassy bald offers 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains and is perfect for a peaceful and scenic walk. Drive about two hours from Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley for beautiful hiking near Asheville, NC.


What are you waiting for?! It's time to explore one, multiple, or all of these Asheville hiking trails to top off your family getaway. Don't forget to bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and snacks!