If you're visiting the Asheville area and want to know the ideal place to go that meets your needs and desires, I can help. I'm originally from Mitchell County and have lived in Asheville for 15 years. I've found all sorts of places on and off the beaten trail - some that are flat and well maintained while still packed with beautiful views, some that are steep and offer big payoffs at the top of a mountain. From Old Fort, Montreat, Black Mountain, Swannanoa to Brevard, Table Rock and beyond... plus everywhere in between.
Let me know the features you want on your hike:
Do you have anyone in your party with disabilities that would make most hiking difficult? There are still many trails in the area that are likely to accommodate them. On the other hand, if you're up for some pain with a huge payoff in the form of a mountain panorama as your reward I can get you there, too. Just let me know the ages and abilities of the people in your party.
What general area will you be visiting, and how far of a drive do you want to your hiking destination? If you need to find something nearby because you only have a little time and want to get the most out of it while you're here, I can put together an awesome outing that you can complete in under 3 hours.
Also let me know:
Do you want a steep, moderate, or mostly flat hike?
Do you want a trail that is mostly clear and well maintained, or are occasional puddles, roots, rocks and uneven footing okay?
Do you prefer a shady hike under the tree canopy?
Or are mountain balds with 360 degree panoramas more your style?
Loop trail or bust? Or is an in and out okay?
Got a love for hiking alongside rivers?
Really want to see one or more waterfalls?
Do you like seeing impressive natural features, like coves, caves, huge rock formations?
Want a place to cool off in the water along the way?
Or a swimming hole deep enough to jump into from 10+ feet above?
Prefer quiet trails without many people?
Or bustling trails with people of all ages and abilities?
Don't like to share the trail with mountain bikers?
You name it, there's a place that offers it, IF you know where to go!