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Stevie Patrick

Locale: Adirondacks
Help me plan a trip near Asheville, NC. on 08/07/2012 09:17:11 MDT Print View

I'll be in Asheville for two weeks early in September and I'd like to spend 3 or 4 nights hiking and camping. Does anyone have any recommendations on any spots or trails?

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Near Asheville on 08/07/2012 09:46:58 MDT Print View

Lots of great opportunities around. The Roan Highlands section of the AT is really nice. Best views in the East I have seen. Plenty of other good AT sections south to the Smokies too.
Linville Gorge is nice and about an hour away. Its steep going down and back out and lots of beautiful terrain.
Shining Rock, Art Loeb trail area is not far; I have hiked only parts but I think that whole area is nice.
The Smokies. Great access for you out of Big Creek allow you to quickly access some high ridges. Mt. Cammerer tower is worth going up to. Plenty of connecting trails down to Big Creek and over to Mt. Sterling so you can make a loop. You could also hike from Big Creek all the way to Newfound Gap and get a shuttle back. Really edless options in the Smokies.
You'll probably like Ashville too. Spend some time in the old neighborhoods.

Tyler Johnson
(riemannia) - F

Locale: Northeast Georgia
Art Loeb +1 on 08/08/2012 00:10:18 MDT Print View

I love the Art Loeb trail; a friend of mine and I yo-yo'd it MLK day weekend earlier this year and loved it. Should be beautiful in September as well (and a bit less cold). There's also lots of wonderful camping and day hikes in that area off the Blue Ridge parkway (my favorite camping spot is one in Graveyard Fields - blueberry and blackberry bushes galore). Additionally, there's some nice little loops in Shining Rock Wilderness (in which half the Art Loeb resides). has maps and descriptions for lots of good hikes in the area; I plan on frequenting it over the next couple of months myself.

The section of the AT in the Smokies is also lovely, you really should check it out if you haven't before. In March I hiked a nice little loop from Newfound Gap along the AT to the north end of the park and then back around the north-northeast border of the park back through the Mt. LeConte area.

edit: Newfound Gap, not Newfoundland Gap...

Edited by riemannia on 08/08/2012 00:11:17 MDT.

Latham Farley
(LathamFarley) - F

Locale: Midwest
Go to the Smokys! on 08/08/2012 06:46:25 MDT Print View

I agree with the AT comments. Last year my wife and I hiked Newfound Gap to Davenport Gap and there were some great views especially around Charley's Bunion. As noted above, Mt. Leconte is in that area as well and I highley recommend it.

Stevie Patrick

Locale: Adirondacks
Re: Help me plan a trip near Asheville, NC. on 08/08/2012 22:08:14 MDT Print View

Thanks for the recommendations! I'll be checking these out.