Asheville is the beating heart in the center of the spectacular Western North Carolina mountains.
Camping near Asheville is easy thanks to the numerous national forests and state parks. Pisgah National Forest surrounds the Asheville area with 500,000 protected acres of wilderness bliss. Some of the best camping sites in the Blue Ridge Mountains lie in Pisgah. If hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail appeals, head to Max Patch. The 4,600-foot bald mountain deep in Pisgah Forest is ideal for backpackers. It also offers some of the best 360-degree views in North Carolina. Once you reach the grassy knoll, several of the trails lead to prime camping spots. The Blue Ridge Parkway has four first-come, first-served developed campgrounds in the Asheville area. They’re open from May through late October, weather permitting. But even if you don’t plan to camp, take the scenic drive. Roadside picnic tables with breathtaking vistas provide respite for city-weary souls. Milepost 355.4 of the Parkway holds Mount Mitchell. It’s the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi at nearly 7,000 feet. Drive 4.6 miles to the top where an observation deck rewards with 85-mile views. Mount Mitchell State Park offers a year-round nine-site family campground for tent camping. Don’t leave WNC without exploring the River Arts District (RAD). This enclave near downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate boasts 200 artists in 22 buildings. Watch fine art creation unfold in converted warehouses along the French Broad River. Last stop: Sierra Nevada’s massive brewery in South Asheville. Your inner beer geek will freak. There are over 23 craft beers on tap in the showpiece restaurant to choose from. Best of luck!