Dupont State Forest photo posted by Tripleblaze member Yosef Mudslogger
RomanticAsheville.com has selected the top 10 Asheville, NC area hiking trails and the list is a pretty good one (though I don’t know how romantic any of these treks are ).
1. Gorges State Park
2. Mt. Mitchell
3. Craggy Gardens
4. Point Lookout Trail
5. Dupont State Forest
6. Max Patch
7. Cold Mountain
8. Graveyard Fields
9. Black Balsam Knob
10. Urban Trail
I’ve hiked a few of these trails so I thought I’d add my 2 cents. Mount Mitchell is, of course, the highest point east of the Mississippi River and is a must-hike for any serious east-coast hiker.
Dupont State Forest west of Asheville is a unique hiking spot due to the exposed granite surface along many of the trails. Dupont also offers some great waterfall views and well marked trails for hikers and mountain bikers.
Max Patch is accessible via the Appalachian trail and it’s really not a far hike from I-40 as I recall. This area is a rare “bald” which means there are no trees on top to obstruct your views of the surrounding mountains.
If you’re heading up to western North Carolina this summer, take this list along and check out these great hikes!