Winter is an exciting season to enjoy the great outdoors in the mountains of North Carolina. You don’t have to worry about dealing with insects or running into cobwebs, and the trees have shed their leaves, opening up gorgeous views for miles through the crisp air. The air may be brisk, but that’s perfect for winter hiking in western North Carolina! Prepare to encounter frozen waters, roaring falls, panoramic views, and towering mountaintops.
Read on to learn more about the best winter hiking experience. Then, request a free copy of our Vacation Guide for more information on the best things to do in the area.
3 of the Best Destinations for Winter Hiking in Western North Carolina Near Asheville
1. Waterfalls Hikes
Some favorite trails winter hiking in Western North Carolina lead you straight toward breathtaking waterfalls. Trails leading to the falls are available for all levels of hiking experience. A favorite waterfall destination is Pearson’s Falls. This property is expertly maintained and open every month out of the year besides January by the Tryon Garden Club, so you never have to worry about fallen branches or debris showing up in the trails. The hike is short, easy, and will lead you to a gorgeous 90-foot cascade!
2. Experience Gorgeous Views from Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock State Park is an iconic part of North Carolina that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery. The hiking here varies from easy to strenuous, but there are multiple trails to choose from based on your experience level. You won’t be disappointed with any of their views! The highest elevated and most challenging hike is the Skyline Trail. This will bring you 2,480 feet in the air! Can you imagine the awe-inspiring vistas you would see?
3. The Popular Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a gorgeous place to drive as well as hike. Take a scenic drive through this magnificent part of the mountains, then pause when you get to a trail of your choosing. There are tons of paths along the way, all with tremendous views spanning over the mountainside. One of the best views off of the Blue Ridge Parkway is the Craggy Gardens. It’s an easy 30-minute hike that will give you expansive, 360-degree views!
Additional Winter Activities to Enjoy in Western NC Near Asheville
- Venture out to an ice skating rink
- Don’t forget to check your winter packing list
- Hit the slopes for a ski adventure
- Attend a Dickens Dinner at The Orchard Inn
- Visit Biltmore Estate to see the holiday decorations
- Ring in the New Year in Asheville
- & so much more!
Enjoy Your Winter Stay at Orchard Inn
After you do some winter hiking in western North Carolina, come back and warm up at Orchard Inn. Our cozy bed and breakfast has everything you could need for a stay in the North Carolina mountains. Choose from comfortable rooms or private cottages to create your perfect visit! Then don’t forget to join us in the morning for a delicious breakfast to get your ready for your next day of adventures. We look forward to seeing you this winter season!
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