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Asheville Wedding Venues & Reception Places

This unique event barn and the surrounding fields, located on a 500-acre conservation easement, offer a pristine setting perfect for a formal or casual wedding ceremony and reception year-round. Enjoy 360-degree views, farm animals and lawn games on a working farm, just fourteen miles from downtown Asheville.
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Mt. Mitchell Hike on Balsam Trail

Hike on the highest trail east of the Mississippi! The Balsam Nature Trail near the Mt. Mitchell summit is an easy 3/4-mile easy loop hike. Go to the top of the observation deck, and as you head back to the parking lot, look for the Balsam Trail on the right. The trails ends at the parking lot. Walk through a dense fir forest, and stop at information stations along the way to learn more about the environment atop Mt.
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Whaleback Swimming Hole

About 5.5 miles from the super popular Sliding Rock is a hidden, peaceful swimming hole deep in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. A refreshing cascade flows into the 40-foot long pool, surrounded by boulders. Above the cascade find some sunning rocks. Located on the Davidson River, it& 39;s named the the & 34;whaleback& 34; looking boulder in the middle of the pool.
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Grovewood Village & Gallery

This picturesque campus tucked away behind the legendary Omni Grove Park Inn is an hidden jewel with much to see. This must stop for art and history lovers is just 2.5 miles from downtown Asheville. Biltmore Industries began here in 1917 and became the largest producer of handwoven wool in the world by 1930.
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Heintooga Ridge Road & Balsam Mountain

To take a road less traveled, drive to Balsam Mountain via the Heintooga Ridge Road that starts at the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 458.2, just 11 miles from the south end of the Parkway. (Not to be confused with Black Balsam Knob, 38 miles north on the Parkway.) For the first four miles of this paved, two-lane road, you are still in the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park boundaries, complete with some nice high-elevation overlooks looking down on the mountain ridges.
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Deep Gap Trail & Mt. Craig, Mt. Mitchell NC

Mount Craig (altitude 6,647 ft.) is the second highest peak in the eastern United States, only 37 feet lower than neighboring Mount Mitchell, the highest peak. Mt. Craig is part of the Mt. Mitchell State Park, surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest. Located on the crest of the Black Mountains, the peak has a lot of exposed rock and is home to some very rare and endangered species of plants and animals that exist nowhere but the lofty elevations of the Black Mountains.
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