Outdoor Adventures Near The Cove at Fairview

Asheville and surrounding areas are known for their great food and shopping. Just down the road, you can find great restaurants and treats. Here are some of our favorites!


Golf Courses Nearby

There are many places to play Golf in the Asheville Area.  Play at Broadmoor Golf Course, a well-known links style course, Apple Valley Course or Bald Mountain Course at Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure.  Asheville Municipal Golf Course is a Donald Ross course less than 15 minutes away.  The course at Reems Creek Country Club has Scottish influence.


Hiking in Western NC

The Blue Ridge Parkway – North  (Seasonal) – We are only 10 minutes from an entrance to The Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Marker 384.7. On your way North on the Parkway, stop at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center (Mile Marker 384) for more information.  Also, stop by the Folk Art Center (Mile Marker 382) to visit the small museum and shop for crafts by artisans in the Southern Highland Craft Guild.  

I recommend going North on the Parkway to hikes with mountain overlooks.  (The Mile Markers descend as you go north).  Go North to Craggy Gardens (Mile Marker 364.4) or Mt. Mitchell (Mile Marker 355.4), which is the highest peak in the Eastern USA. 

Not feeling like a hike?  Drive North to check out the views at overlooks; including, Haw Creek Overlook at Mile Marker 380, Craven Gap Overlook at 377.4, and Tanbark Overlook at 376.4.

Chimney Rock State Park – There are several hiking trails at Chimney Rock State Park.  Climb 499 stairs or take a 32 second elevator ride up to Chimney Rock for breath-taking views.  Café on site.  For the adventurous at heart, Exclamation Point Trail ascends 200 ft. and has stairways and switchbacks.  Hike Hickory Nut Falls trail to a 404-foot tall waterfall.  This hike is 1.4 mile round trip.  

Children love meeting Grady the Groundhog and other woodland animals at the Animal Discovery Den.  There is a short, family friendly hike with educational information.

Contact us for ticket information! chimneyrockpark.com

Asheville Botanical Gardens – Walk this flat trail by a river and through native plant gardens.   No fee.  Take 240 West, take the Merrimon Exit, go right and travel 1.5 miles, turn left at traffic light onto Weaver Blvd.,  pass the entrance to University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) at the traffic circle, Botanical Gardens is .2 mile on the right.  828-252-5190 ashevillebotanicalgardens.org

The North Carolina Arboretum. – This family-friendly facility features gardens, wooded trails, a Bonsai Exhibition Garden, a small museum, a gift shop, and a café.  Parking fee of $12 per vehicle. Heading west on I-40, take Interstate 26 East. Take Exit 33 (marked Blue Ridge Parkway-Brevard Road-Hwy 191). Turn left (South) onto Hwy. 191. Travel South on Hwy 191 for approximately 2.1 miles (pass Biltmore Square Mall). Look for brown signs for Blue Ridge Parkway and NC Arboretum. Turn right at light and entrance to The North Carolina Arboretum, main entrance is ahead on right.

Hickory Nut Gap Hiking Trails – Several nearby challenging hiking trails.  Hiking trails 10 miles away.  Take a left onto Highway 74-A  (Charlotte Highway).  Trailhead is in Gerton.

Hike to a waterfall.

The Blue Ridge Parkway – South (Seasonal) – We recommend going South on the Parkway to hikes with waterfalls.  Graveyard Fields (Mile Marker 418) is beautiful hike, which has small waterfalls at the beginning of the hike and Upper Falls, another waterfall, later down the trail.  3-4 Mile hike.

Looking Glass Falls – From I-40 West get onto I-26 East. Continue on I-26 East to Exit 40 for Highway 280 (and the Asheville Airport). Take a right onto Highway 280 West and go 16 miles toward Brevard. As you enter the Brevard area, you will see a big shopping center on the right (with Wal-Mart). Just past the center, turn right onto US Highway 276 North to enter the Pisgah National Forest.  Looking Glass Falls will be on your right.   Steps lead down to the bottom of this 60 foot waterfall.

DuPont State Forest – Take I 40 to exit 46A for I 26 East towards Hendersonville. Take I 26 east to Exit 40. Turn right off Exit 40 onto NC 280. Take NC 280 south 16 miles to US 64. Turn left onto US 64 and go 3.7 miles to the stop light. Turn right onto Crab Creek Rd and go 4.3 miles to DuPont Road. Turn right onto DuPont Rd and go 4.2 miles. Note that DuPont Rd becomes Staton Road.  There is one waterfall immediately on the trail, and two others further along.  There is Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls. dupontforest.com

Graveyard Fields – Please call 828-298-5330 or stop by the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center (Mile Marker 384) for updated information on Parkway closings.  Go South on the Parkway to hike Graveyard Fields (Mile Marker 418) a beautiful hike, which has small waterfalls at the beginning of the hike and Upper Falls, another waterfall, later down the trail.  3-4 Mile hike.

Chimney Rock State Park – Hike to a 404-foot waterfall on Hickory Nut Falls Trail.  This trail is a 1.4 mile round trip.  See above for more details about Chimney Rock State Park.

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