Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina

Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina

by Johnny Molloy

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Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina by Johnny Molloy

Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? Covering forty of the best hikes within an hour's drive of Asheville, North Carolina, this guide offers something for every hiker-from easy nature walks to strenuous day hikes. Known for spectacular summer weather, Asheville boasts an unbelievable variety of hiking trails ranging from short after-work jaunts to wilderness adventures for weekend exploring. Close to downtown Asheville, hikers can experience diverse landscapes such as mountaintop meadows, waterfall-strewn valleys, and richly wooded ridges, as well as view-laden lakes. Look inside to find: Full-color photos and maps, Comprehensive route descriptions, Thorough directions and GPS coordinates to the trailhead, At-a-glance information on distance and difficulty level, hiking time, canine compatibility, and fees and permits, Directional cues, Info on flora and fauna plus local lore

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493025640
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Series: Best Hikes Near Series
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 634,760
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Johnny Molloy is an outdoor writer who has camped more than one hundred nights in the wild each year since the early 1980s. The result is over 50 books, including hiking guides to Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee, as well as tent camping guides to Colorado, Wisconsin, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Georgia, and the Smokies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

How to Use This Guide 7

Trail Finder 9

Map Legend 13

Northwest 14

1 Big Fork Ridge Circuit 15

2 Boogerman Trail 21

3 Little Cataloochee Historic Hike 27

4 Mount Sterling Tower 32

5 Max Patch 37

6 Lovers Leap 42

7 Big Laurel Creek Hike 47

8 Falls of Hickey Fork 53

9 Jerry Miller Loop 59

10 Hidden Lake and Lower Higgins Creek Falls Hike 65

11 Nolichucky Gorge Circuit 70

12 Unaka Mountain Wilderness 76

Southwest 81

13 Middle Prong Circuit 82

14 Flat Laurel Creek Loop 88

15 Art Loeb Loop 93

16 Falls of Yellowstone Prong 99

17 Looking Glass Rock 105

18 John Rock Loop 110

19 Shining Creek Hike 116

20 Mount Pisgah 122

21 The Pink Beds 127

22 High Falls Hike 132

23 Avery Creek Falls and Twin Falls Loop 137

24 Bradley Creek Circuit 143

25 Cedar Rock Bridal Veil Falls Hike 149

26 Waterfalls of DuPont Loop 154

Southeast and Northeast 160

27 Blue Ridge Pastures 161

28 Bearwallow Mountain 166

29 Florence Nature Preserve 171

30 Hawkbill Rock via Snowball Trail 177

31 Cascade Fails and Douglas Falls 181

32 Rattlesnake Lodge Hike 187

33 Catawba Falls 192

34 Mount Mitchell State Park Loop 197

35 Black Mountain High Country Hike 203

36 River Loop with Setrock Creek Falls 208

37 Crabtree Falls 214

38 Trails of Linville Falls 220

39 Linville Gorge Wilderness Hike 226

40 Lake James State Park Hike 231

Hike Index 237

About the Author 238

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