Don't like to hike alone? Join a guided or group hike in the North Carolina mountains and meet fellow hikers that love the outdoors. Here are some places to find guided hikes near Asheville:
Guided Group Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains
See breathtaking vistas, waterfalls, historic homesteads and much more tucked away in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Classic Hikes of the Smokies Series. The hikes feature trail interpretation, history and information about park projects that donations to Friends of the Smokies support. Carpools are available from Asheville and Waynesville. The guided day hikes are $20 for members. New members may join Friends of the Smokies and hike for a total of $35. Donations benefit the Friends’ Smokies Trails Forever program. For info and registration, go to the Friends of Smokies Website.
Guided Hikes by Swannonoa Valley Museum
Swannanoa Valley Museum in Black Mountain has two hiking series that have been a local's favorite for many years. The challenging Rim Hike Series explores the peaks of the Swannanoa Valley, while the more moderate Valley History Explorer Series revisits the past of local communities across the Valley.
The Rim Hike Series has 11 hikes that explores sections of the 31-mile long Swannanoa Rim. They take place every third Saturday from January to November. Participants register in advance and meet at the Museum (223 W. State St. Black Mountain) to depart at 8 AM. The hikes are led by veteran hikers who share their knowledge about the history, topography, and ownership of the land. Each hike ranges from three to eight miles over elevations ranging from 2,316 to 6,462 feet. Many of the hikes are strenuous and are recommended for experienced hikers.
The eight hikes in the Valley History Explorer Hiking Series delve into the unique history of the small communities that shape the Swannanoa Valley. These hikes are both informative for natives seeking a connection with their heritage and newcomers hoping to gain insight into the region’s past. Each hike, led by an experienced guide, is approximately three miles long over moderate terrain. The hikes are held every second Saturday from March through October, departing from the Museum.
Go to their Web site for upcoming hikes and details. For hike reservations: call (828) 669-9566 or register online.