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5 Unforgettable Family Excursions for Asheville Locals & Visitors


Living in the picturesque city of Asheville, North Carolina offers residents a wealth of natural beauty and exciting attractions right at their doorstep. However, there are times when a change of scenery is necessary for families to create lasting memories and embark on new adventures. If you're an Asheville resident seeking a family excursion to escape the daily routine, look no further. We've compiled a list of the best family getaways just a short drive away from your beloved city. And if you're a visitor, you'll soon understand why we love where we live!


Long range view of Great Smokey Mountains



Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Situated only a couple of hours away, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Gather your family and embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of nature. Hike scenic trails, spot wildlife, enjoy breathtaking waterfalls, and take in panoramic views from Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the Smokies. Whether you choose a leisurely picnic or an invigorating hike, the Smoky Mountains provide an idyllic backdrop for quality family time.



Roaming the Biltmore Estate:View from the terrace at The Biltmore Estate

A visit to Asheville isn't complete without experiencing the grandeur of the Biltmore Estate. Take a short trip to this magnificent chateau nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Explore the opulent mansion and marvel at its exquisite architecture and impressive art collection. Let your children roam through the stunning gardens and enjoy the variety of outdoor activities available, such as bike rentals, horseback riding, and river float trips. The Biltmore Estate promises a day filled with history, beauty, and fun for the whole family.



Unleashing Creativity at the Folk Art Center:

For a culturally enriching family outing, head over to the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here, you'll discover an array of traditional and contemporary Appalachian crafts, from pottery and textiles to woodwork and jewelry. Engage your children in hands-on workshops where they can learn age-old crafts and create their own masterpieces. Don't forget to browse the museum's shop for unique souvenirs and gifts to take home.




Man lifting woman from water on Lake Lure, Dirty Dancing styleEmbarking on a Water Adventure at Lake Lure:

Stunning Lake Lure, located just an hour from Asheville. The picturesque lake offers a range of water activities for the entire family. Rent a kayak, paddleboard, or pontoon boat to explore the tranquil waters and soak in the breathtaking surroundings. For all you Johnny and Baby lovers, coming up in September is The Lake Lure Dirty Dancing Festival. However you spend your lake days, Lake Lure promises a day of sun, fun, and unforgettable family memories.




Discovering the Fun of Sliding Rock:

Nature's waterpark awaits you at Sliding Rock, an exhilarating natural waterslide located in Pisgah National Forest. Just a short drive from Asheville, this unique attraction offers an exciting adventure for all ages. Slide down the smooth, sloping rock face into a refreshing pool of mountain water. Watch as your kids giggle with delight while experiencing the ultimate rush. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying this natural wonder, surrounded by the lush forest scenery.

1st person view of sliding down Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest




Asheville residents are privileged to call this vibrant city home, but the desire for a family getaway is universal. Thankfully, the area surrounding Asheville is teeming with incredible destinations just a stone's throw away. Whether you prefer exploring nature's wonders, immersing yourselves in history and culture, or indulging in water adventures, the options are plentiful. Pack your bags, round up your loved ones, and embark on one of these fantastic family excursions. Unforgettable memories are waiting to be made, just a short drive away




Mary Noble Braden and Shayne Hollifield, owners of Noble & Company Realty


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