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Laurel River Trail

Marshall, North Carolina

7.23 mi / 1447 ft gain

Rich Mountain Tower

Madison County, North Carolina

5.45 mi / 2106 ft gain

Pump Gap Loop via Appalachian Trail

Hot Springs, North Carolina

3.34 mi / 1004 ft gain

Hike the Lovers Leap Loop Trail

138 Silver Mine Road, North Carolina

5.0
1.8 mi / 472 ft gain

Lovers Leap Loop Trail

Hot Springs, North Carolina

1.58 mi / 430 ft gain

Appalachian Trail: Hot Springs to Max Patch

Hot Springs, North Carolina

19.25 mi / 6703 ft gain

Camp at Rich Mountain Fire Tower

Hot Springs, North Carolina

5.0

Appalachian Trail: Garenflo Gap to Hot Springs

Hot Springs, North Carolina

6.02 mi / 1109 ft gain

Big Bald via Appalachian Trail

Mars Hill, North Carolina

6.72 mi / 2382 ft gain

Places to stay

Harmon Den Horse Campground

Clyde, North Carolina

Harmon Den Horse Campground

Asheville West KOA Holiday

Candler, North Carolina

Asheville West KOA Holiday

Asheville East KOA Holiday

Swannanoa, North Carolina

Asheville East KOA Holiday

Lake Powhatan

Arden, North Carolina

Lake Powhatan

Big Creek Horse Camp

Newport, North Carolina

Big Creek Horse Camp

Big Creek Campground (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

Newport, North Carolina

Big Creek Campground (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

Guides and stories

Appalachian Trail - First 5%

Appalachian Trail - First 5%

Cody Markham

 5 Awesome Trail to Town Adventures Near Asheville, NC

5 Awesome Trail to Town Adventures Near Asheville, NC

Erin McGrady

Part II: Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway Near Asheville - South

Part II: Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway Near Asheville - South

Erin McGrady

Part I: Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville - North

Part I: Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville - North

Erin McGrady

6 Urban Parks in Asheville, North Carolina

6 Urban Parks in Asheville, North Carolina

Erin McGrady

Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway on the Way to Asheville, NC

Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway on the Way to Asheville, NC

Clayton Getsinger

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