Fall Hiking in Asheville

The temperatures are getting colder here in the Blue Ridge which means that fall is officially here! One of the best ways to experience this incredible weather is to check out some of the local hiking trails that feature stunning mountain views. Check out a few of our favorite hiking trails around Asheville and get hiking!

Craggy Pinnacle

0.9 Miles (roundtrip) | Moderate | Pet Friendly
With its 360-degree views Craggy Pinnacle is hard to beat. Featuring multiple viewpoints along the way, beautiful vegetation and room to relax at the top, this is a must-do hike for anyone in the Asheville area.
*local tip: make sure to bring a jacket, as Craggy is usually significantly colder than Asheville!

“It is my all-time favorite [hike] to photograph and capture the beautiful colors of fall.” – Janet Blake, Senior Broker

Hooker Falls at DuPont

0.6 Miles (roundtrip) | Easy/Moderate | Pet Friendly
Located in DuPont State Park, this trail is one of the easiest waterfalls to find and enjoy. In addition to Hooker Falls, both Triple Falls and High Falls are all located within 20 minutes of each other.
*local tip: If you’re a Hunger Games fan, you may want to put this one at the top of your list.

“My favorite hike” – Stacey Klimchuk, Senior Broker

Shortoff Mountain

7.4 Miles (roundtrip) | Moderate/Strenuous | Pet Friendly
Get some great exercise and see gorgeous panoramic views of Lake James and the Linville Gorge and Linville River.  Linville Gorge is called the “Grand Canyon of the East”. 
*local tip: The trailhead can be a little tricky to find if you have not been before. You can find it 2.5 miles down a dirt/gravel road called Wolf Pit Road off of NC-126

“This is by far one of my best-loved hikes in Western North Carolina. ” – Rachel Alosky Stark, Elite Broker

Black Balsam Knob

Various Lengths | Easy/Moderate | Pet Friendly
Black Balsam Knob is one of the most popular Asheville hikes. With multiple hikes in the vicinity, there’s a hike and a view for everyone!
*local tip: Since most of the Black Balsam Knob area is not shaded, make sure to bring a hat, sunglasses and some sunscreen!

Catawba Falls

2.7 miles (roundtrip) | Moderate | Pet Friendly
Catawba Falls has been depicted in many paintings and murals around Western NC. This beautiful hike leads to a stunning waterfall.