Asheville Outdoor Dates for the Summer

Our mountain views are the envy of many, and partaking in activities outdoors is the best way to really take advantage of them. These dates require you to be fully present in what you’re doing and disconnect from any digital distractions. Whether you’re into craft beer, fitness, or love art, we have a few ways to elevate your typical date night while basking in our awe-inspiring views.

Discover Hiking Trails

Disconnecting from our everyday stress is something we all could use more of and the NC Arboretum is such a great way to achieve that. Whether you’re an avid hiker or a beginner, this botanical gem is the perfect location for plant lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and couples seeking that quality time together.

Endless trails to explore the outdoors at NC Arboretum.

The Arboretum is conveniently located on the outskirts of Asheville, a short 15-minute drive from downtown. If easy trail access and breathtaking scenery is what you’re searching for, look no further, the Arboretum has it all. Events, workshops, garden exhibits, and hiking trails are just some of the many ways to explore this lush Asheville landscape.

So many options to choose from!

The photo opportunities are priceless and the backdrop will have you swooning for years. The Arboretum is one of the best ways to spend time with your family, where your children can roam safely and free. Family dates are crucial in this busy modern world and encouraging our little ones to disconnect and discover their surrounds will always be the best way to get them to sleep at night. Am I right?

Sure you can hike in from the trails leading from Bent Creek but if you’re a local resident, you may want to consider a membership at the Arboretum, where the benefits are endless and the purpose is truly important. By becoming a member, as so many Ashevillans have done, you are supporting sixty-five acres of cultivated gardens with great purpose. What are some of the advantages to becoming a member? Seasonal and discounted exhibits, educational workshops and complete access to ten miles of well-established hiking trails which are perfect for an easy stroll any day of the week. Looking for a unique gift for that special someone? Surprise them with a Gift membership giving them a full year access to everything the Arboretum has to offer. Feel good gifts are the best!

North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 665-2492
Hours:
Everyday 8 – 9pm

Explore Waterfalls, High Peaks and The Appalachian Trail

Blue Ridge Hiking Company

Jennifer Pharr Davis and company have been exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains with guided tours for more than ten years. Blue Ridge Hiking Company offers a variety of ways to experience the trails leading to waterfalls, high peaks and large sections of the Appalachian Trail. Their mission is “To Make the wilderness enjoyable and accessible.” And, “The trail is there for everyone at every phase of life.”

Whether you are wanting to book a hike for you and your sweetie, a large group or just you alone, Blue Ridge Hiking Company will make your adventure fun, safe and educational. When booking a day hike with Blue Ridge, you have multiple options.

Blue Ridge Hiking headquarters right in the heart of downtown Asheville.
Private Half Day: Cost $175/1-3 hikers, $35 for each additional hiker. 3-5 hour tour.

Spend the morning or afternoon exploring some of the best trails near Asheville. Most half-day hikes are 3-5 miles and appropriate for beginner and intermediate hikers. You will venture to see waterfalls, hike the Blue Ridge Parkway trails, a section of the Appalachian Trail with big views, lush forests, meanwhile, history is the topic of discussion. Price includes guide and snacks.

Group Half Day: Cost $100/person for up to 6 guests. 4-5 hour tour.

Trips are scheduled Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings from April through October. Price includes guide, transportation, and snacks. These hikes will visit colorful wildflowers, roaring waterfalls, ruins from historic buildings, or panoramic views. Average hiking distance is 2-5 miles.

Private Full Day:  Cost $275/1-3 hikers, $50 for each additional hiker. 6-8 hours tour.

Choose from trips ranging 5-10 miles with a choice of scenery, difficulty, and terrain for an impressive full day on the trail. Witness multiple waterfalls, top out at the summit of some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi with some of the most unforgettable views of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail…experience the best of the Blue Ridge! Price includes guide and lunch.

Group Full Day: Cost $135/person up to 6 hikers. Approximately 4-5 hour tour.

The next group full day hike will be on June 22, 2019. This hike accommodates up to 6 guests and includes guide, transportation, and lunch.

Sunset Hikes: Cost  $100/person for group hikes. Private trips $275/1-3 hikers, $35 for each additional hiker.

Travel to a west-facing peak near Asheville for a short hike. This hike is strenuous and will take place partially in the dark. Private sunset hikes are also available. Price includes guide, transportation, snacks, and a headlamp for you to use during the trip.

Experience a Waterfall Tour

Cost: 2 Hour Tour: $55/person
There are two waterfall tours to choose from, depending on how active you want your date to be. The 2-hour tour where you’ll hike approximately 3 miles round trip while learning about the Pisgah National Forest and you’ll even catch a glimpse of the Appalachian river. For this tour, you’ll meet your guides 25 minutes east of Asheville where you’ll begin a hike towards a breathtaking waterfall. You can also bring your four-legged friends as long as they are on a leash.
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Gorgeous view of Craggy Gardens by Asheville Hiking Tours.
Cost: Tours start at $75/person
For a longer adventure, Tumblestone Tours offer a waterfall tour where you’ll visit 3 waterfalls, 2 protected forests, and enjoy the mountain view while riding along the Blue Ridge Parkway (pending the parkway is open). During your tour, you’ll also do some exploring on foot, with your hike being about 3 miles in length at a comfortable pace with stops along the way to take in the air and of course, the views. Tour duration is between 4.5-5.5 hours and includes transportation within 5 miles of the city center, drinks and snacks.
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Waterfall captured by Tumblestone Waterfall Tours.

Bike It Up

Hop on a Pubcycle Tour

Cost: Pubcycle Full Tour $25/person; Nomad Tour $15/person
Most activities are only improved when you add beer or wine, and this is a perfect example of that. These BYO Beer/Wine tours meet at either the Aloft Asheville Downtown (51 Biltmore Ave.) or Renaissance Downtown Hotel (33 Woodfin St.) so be sure to check your departure spot when you book online. There are two tours to choose from, the Pubcycle Full Tour and the Nomad Tour. The Full Tour lasts around 1.5 hours and will make 1-2 stops at local favorites including Asheville Brewing, Hi-Wire/Ben’s Tuneup, and Pack’s Tavern among others. If you and your honey want to hop on a tandem bike, Tandem tours are also available. They depart from the Renaissance Hotel, last approximately 1.5 hours and include only one pub stop. For all guidelines regarding the different tours, visit their FAQ page.
asheville pubcycle
Photo Credit: The Amazing Pubcycle
Cost: ½ day up to 4 hours: $200/person; full day or up to 8 hours: $300/person; bike rental is not included.
Hop on your mountain bike and get your blood flowing! Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures offers ½ day and full day private tours that take place in Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Recreational Forest. Both tours include a snack and lunch, however, your bike rental will be additional. Your tour guides can take you on an easier or more challenging route will be based on your skill level.
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Exploring PIsgah forest with Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures

Enjoy Art in the Outdoors

The 3rd annual art festival will take place in Pack Square Park during the fourth of July weekend. Beginning on Saturday, July 6th from 10 – 5:00 pm and Sunday, July 7th, 10 – 5:00 pm. The cost is free admission and the festival will feature sculptures, painting, jewelry and other hand-crafted pieces of art from local, national and regional artists. Not only is this a wonderful way to browse and support local art, but the fun is never-ending.
Love music festivals? Check out our Three Months of Asheville Summer 2019 Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss here.
asheville art festival
Photo Credit: Asheville Festival of Arts

 


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