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Parks & nature in Asheville

Arts & Crafts Store
“A museum and gallery of Southern Appalachian art with a big variety, featuring hundreds of artists' work.”
95 locals recommend
Zoo
“This is a great place to go with kids to see lots of different kids of animals. ”
56 locals recommend
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“Big playground, velodrome, river access and lots of greenway for walking or riding. ”
73 locals recommend
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“Float the French Broad River! There’s no whitewater in town (but some downstream), so it’s easy. See my Brewery by Kayak tour:)”
40 locals recommend
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“Friday late afternoon drum circle is a popular tourist activity -- people watch, bring your drum and join the locals in a huge drumming love fest, Asheville-style! ”
44 locals recommend
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“Kayaking during the summer. Live music and bar at night. It is right by the river. It is very close to the Biltmore and sometimes on weekends you can see fireworks from the Biltmore.”
10 locals recommend
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“The Asheville Urban Trail is a free, self-guided walking tour of downtown Asheville. It highlights the unique architecture, people, and historic events of the city. The Urban Trail is divided into five distinct eras, each of which has a symbol. These symbols are carved into pink granite blocks placed in the sidewalk along the way for you to follow. All street crosswalks for the trail are marked. Enjoyed in its entirety, the walking tour requires approximately two hours to complete. For detailed information on the trail stations, including an audio tour, printable or interactive map, and a video outlining the history of the trail itself, visit Explore Asheville: www.exploreasheville.com/urban-trail”
5 locals recommend
Historic Site
“It has MILES of hiking/walking trails, creeks running through it, a lake all in addition to its gorgeous formal and informal gardens. It has two buildings with rest rooms, one has a café (simply menu of good sandwich/salad choices). These structures have gallery exhibits - unique and well done, always changing. Take a bicycle there and ride the bike trails. Plan a whole day there.”
3 locals recommend
Mountain
“Just 4 miles from my house, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers visitors a short, medium or long drive with amazing vistas and great fall color. Must See! I know all the trail sections + have map for you.”
6 locals recommend
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1 local recommends
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“Up the hill behind our house (ask us for directions) is this little piece of nature in the city. Hike to the radio tower on the top for awesome Asheville views!”
2 locals recommend
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“This cool Mountain biking park is located just 5 minutes from our house! I haven't been but Jay said it's a lot of fun and very well priced! I'm pretty sure they rent bikes and helmets if you don't wanna bring your own! ”
3 locals recommend
Antique Shop
“This is such a unique space, and there is an awesome bookstore-Common ground, attached.”
26 locals recommend
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“The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is a place unlike any other on Earth, where ancient landscapes enchant the eye and age-old traditions warm the heart. The distinctive landscape of the North Carolina mountains and foothills combined with the region’s living traditions of craft, music, agriculture and Cherokee heritage create a wealth of natural and cultural treasures unmatched in our country. Heritage region is known for its many recreational & cultural activities, from nature walks to museums. (16 miles from our Airbnb)”
2 locals recommend
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“Stroll acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. From the beauty of the Italian Garden to the breathtaking trees in America’s first managed forest, Biltmore’s lush landscape is a living tribute to Olmsted’s genius. Their horticultural experts continually work to preserve the original vision for the gardens and grounds, including our Rose Garden that features more than 250 varieties. (8.5 miles from Airbnb)”
1 local recommends
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“A great dog park just over the river in West Asheville and a great place to take your pup, especially if they've been on the road for a while and need some canine companionship. The people there are friendly but beware - it can smell a little if the wind is blowing the wrong way off a nearby sewage plant. It's not overwhelming, but also not for people with sensitive noses. I bet the dogs love it though!”
2 locals recommend