167 J.F. Robinson Lane , Mars Hill, NC, US, 28754
- Phone: (828) 689-9000
- Fax: (828) 689-2366
Take a guided tour that explores the architecture, people and historical places of Asheville's past. Visit 30 stations downtown that depict local artworks and represent the town's historical significance. Listen as you learn how the Grove Arcade was the first indoor mall in the southeast, where the Thomas Wolfe angel was created, and much more.
Whether you're an experienced mountain climber or just curious, this indoor/outdoor climbing gym will provide a couple of hours of fun and exercise for all ages. The facility, located on historic and charming Wall Street, offers cracks, overhangs, lead walls roofs and boulders with a 225-foot traverse and gravity-defying cafe. There is also a 40-foot competition wall.
Pack Place sits in the very heart of downtown, across the bustling street from the Vance Monument. This $14 million facility is home to four wonderful museums and the Diana Wortham Theater. From The Health Adventure, which brings educational activities to children of all ages, to an abundance of glorious art for patrons to view and ponder, a wealth of activity and fun awaits all guests. Admission is charged and varies depending on which activity you attend. Multi-museum passes are available.
Kid boredom has a cure: it is The Health Adventure located at Pack Place right in the heart of Asheville. Exhibits, science camps, and much more, The Health Adventure strives to combine fun and learning for kids of all ages. Group visits are welcome and can be scheduled by calling the main office.
The Appalachian Trail is a marked walking trail that begins in Maine and ends in Georgia and is used by anyone looking to take a short, intermediate or long hike. Trailbooks can be purchased in local bookstores such as Malaprop's in downtown Asheville. A popular trip is to Clingman's Dome, the second highest peak in the area which rises 6,643 feet and is located long the state-line ridge of North Carolina and Tennessee. You can drive close to this point and then walk the last half-mile.
Asheville has its abundant wildlife and trout infested streams and Asheville Drifters offers amazing packages to suit your fishing needs all over North Carolina and Tennesse. Choose between a float fishing trip, small mouth bass fishing trip and a wade fishing trip, or just opt for trout angling in winter as recommended. Arrange a corporate fishing trip with your colleagues or just attend the fly fishing school if it is your first time. Rates range from $250-$350, depending on your requirements. Asheville Drifters will provide transport to and from the fishing spot, gourmet lunch, rods, waders, flies and other tackle. Make sure you carry your rain gear, sunscreen, camera, hat and yes, your fishing license.
Kids can spend the day at this nature center learning and having fun! Along with deer, foxes and bears, the most recent additions are the red and grey wolves and the bobcats and cougars. More recent improvements also include the "hands on" Nature Lab and Educational Farm where kids can pet a corn snake or even hold a turtle.
Want to try white water rafting? Are you hesitant because you're a beginner? Then here is the opportunity you've been waiting for. Huck Finn Adventures is a small outfitting company that takes special care to make sure rafting trips are safe and fun. Spend a half day (3 hours) or full day (5 hours) rafting down the French Broad River. Float trips, sunset tours and overnighters are also available. Open seven days a week, Mar 1 through Oct 31, but reservations can be be made anytime of the year.
For an invigorating and refreshing getaway, grab friends and family and prepare for a hike up Mount Pisgah Trail, which is part of the Appalachian Mountain Range. This is a steep, three-mile trail with incredible views from the top. You'll be able to sight the Gothic Spires and the Shining Rock Wilderness of North Carolina. A perfect weekend hike and picnic spot.
Closest whitewater rafting outfitter to Asheville, Blue Heron Whitewater offers a variety of trips on the scenic French Broad River. The minimum age for whitewater trips is 8 years old and for Float Trips is 4 years old. You can always choose to go in a raft with a guide. Water levels permitting, the adventurous can opt to paddle single person inflatable kayaks. On the river you are no longer a spectator!