Asheville is known for its food, art, and culture, but you would miss a huge part of what makes this area special if you didn't explore the outdoors. Spring is a beautiful time in the mountains and what better way to see what all the buzz is about than to take a hike through the forest.
Here are some of my favorite hikes in a range of difficulty levels that are a short drive from downtown.
What this hike lacks in sweeping summit views, it makes up for with historic artifacts. After a good number of switchbacks and a few rocky outcrops, you’ll encounter the former site of the Rattlesnake Lodge, which was built in 1904 and gets its name from the now-defunct living room that was covered in rattlesnake skins.
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