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Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour

Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour

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Discover the vibrant fall colors of the Blue Ridge Parkway with a naturalist guide to show you the best vistas, photo spots, and waterfalls. With someone else to navigate the winding country roads, you can enjoy the fall colors from the moment the tour begins. Plus, this intimate, small-group tour has a maximum of six guests, making it easy to get to know your guide and learn more about the region.
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Asheville Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Asheville Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

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Explore the historic French Broad River in Asheville on a stand-up paddleboard during this guided, 2.5-hour, small-group tour. Float through the city’s calm, downtown waterway and learn about the history of the region while participating in one of Asheville’s most popular activities. Paddleboarding experience is helpful but not necessary. All equipment — paddleboard, paddle, personal flotation device, leash, river booties and dry bag — are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.48
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$82.48

Asheville Historic Downtown Guided Electric Bike Tour with Scenic Views

Asheville Historic Downtown Guided Electric Bike Tour with Scenic Views

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Discover Asheville’s noteworthy landmarks and architectural gems while covering plenty of ground. This 2.5-hour tour by electric bike lets you safely navigate Asheville’s hilly terrain. Follow your guide through city streets, greenways, and picturesque neighborhoods. At carefully chosen viewpoints, you’ll stop to hear the stories behind historical sites. Numbers are limited to seven riders per tour to ensure personalized attention.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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$66.67

Blue Ridge Parkway & Waterfall Hike - Private Tour From Asheville

Blue Ridge Parkway & Waterfall Hike - Private Tour From Asheville

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On these Private Waterfall Tours, you will get to enjoy the falls up close and with ease. We specializes in taking tours to hidden gems and locally-known waterfalls, uncluttered by foot traffic and crowds.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
Price varies by group size
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$150.00
Price varies by group size

Private - Mountaintop Yoga & Meditation Hike in Asheville

Private - Mountaintop Yoga & Meditation Hike in Asheville

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Take time for yourself, breathe deep, relax, and immerse yourself in the beauty of our lovely Blue Ridge Mountains! Enjoy a 2 mile round trip hike to a mountaintop with stunning views plus an hour of yoga for all levels at the summit. We’ll bring the mats. You bring your spirit of adventure! PRIVATE OPTION: Want a private yoga hike? Contact us to schedule your hike any day of the week. NEW! Sunset yoga hikes now available daily for private groups of 4+. Contact us for details. WANT MORE? Add a massage at your vacation rental, farm-to-table cooking class, group tarot reading, or one of dozens of other uniquely Asheville experiences to your day for a full, balanced adventure. Visit our website for details and options.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.34
Price varies by group size
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$53.34
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Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour with Transportation from Asheville

Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour with Transportation from Asheville

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Hike the best of the Blue Ridge Parkway on this guided day trip to three scenic waterfalls from Asheville. Take in views of the mountains as you tour the classic road in a comfortable van and hear stories about the area’s natural history and culture from your local guide. Watch for blooming laurels and rhododendron as you walk the easy to moderate trails through lush oak and hickory forests. Enjoy light refreshments along the way with plenty of time to relax by the falls before returning to Asheville.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.09
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$86.09

Guided Waterfall Hike with Expert Naturalist, FREE for kids and Covid-safe!

Guided Waterfall Hike with Expert Naturalist, FREE for kids and Covid-safe!

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Our tours have been featured in Southern Living Magazine and MSN News! Join are expert guides, all experienced naturalists, as we discover the stunning waterfalls and mountain views which make Asheville famous! On our tours, we share stories from history and even do some plant foraging, so you can eat along the trail! Note that guests often return to Asheville by way of the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, so our tours is a loop, and there is no need to backtrack! (Only during winter conditions with ice and snow will the Parkway be closed and we may have to return to our original starting place.)
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.00
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$59.00
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French Broad River Kayak Tour in Asheville

French Broad River Kayak Tour in Asheville

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Semi-Private guided tour with certified naturalist kayaking through the city of Asheville on the serene French Broad River. Includes peak-a-boo views of the Biltmore Mansion and Estate.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.00
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$55.00
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Biltmore Estate Stand-Up Paddleboard Guided Eco Tour in Asheville

Biltmore Estate Stand-Up Paddleboard Guided Eco Tour in Asheville

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Paddle 7 miles (11 km) with a private guide on the picturesque French Broad River. You’ll pass by Asheville’s massive Biltmore Estate and hear about its history. Learn stand-up paddleboarding tips and techniques from your SUP instructor and keep an eye out for native wildlife like turtles, herons, otters, and osprey. Enjoy the fresh air and exercise during a morning or afternoon.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.44
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$97.44

Electric Bike Brewery Crawl of Asheville

Electric Bike Brewery Crawl of Asheville

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Cycle to five of Asheville’s most popular microbreweries, enjoying a drink (or two) at each location. You’ll be riding a state-of-the-art e-bike, so the hills won’t be a problem. In addition to soaking up the local vibe and great scenery, you’ll sample some of the best craft brews in town. If you like beer and bikes, you'll love this tour.
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  • 4 hours
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$74.00
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$74.00

Hiking Tour of Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls from Asheville

Hiking Tour of Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls from Asheville

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If you love chasing waterfalls, this tour is for you. With a local guide, visit four scenic waterfalls along the Blue Ridge Parkway. All hikes to the falls are very beginner-level and can be done by most people with ease. Don’t forget your camera and waterproof footwear. Drinks and snacks are provided.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.31
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$132.31

Asheville Guided Bird Watching Tour

Asheville Guided Bird Watching Tour

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The guides from Ventures Birding Tours are friendly, knowledgeable and patient. We will take our time exploring and pointing out the local bird life. Whether you're a seasoned birder or just trying out this fascinating hobby for the first time, you will be promised an interesting time.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.24
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$41.24
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Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea & Fern Forest

Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea & Fern Forest

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Horseback riding through the Blue Ridge Mountains is a beautiful way to explore the area’s natural attractions. Trot through fern groves, past rows of wild flame azaleas, and into a white pine forest on well-trained, gentle horses. This tour includes a safety training, too, making it a good choice for beginner horseback riders and children.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.26
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$92.26
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Private Family-Friendly Guided Waterfall Tour with Transportation from Asheville

Private Family-Friendly Guided Waterfall Tour with Transportation from Asheville

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The greatest family experience in Asheville! Our Private Family Waterfall Tour allows you to see some of the most beautiful waterfalls around Asheville! Our guides are permitted, licensed and trained to make sure your family is safe and has the greatest possible experience! AND we donate 10% of every dollar we make to help end human trafficking.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.00
Price varies by group size
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$125.00
Price varies by group size
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Blue Ridge Mountains Guided Hiking Tour with Local Guide

Blue Ridge Mountains Guided Hiking Tour with Local Guide

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Discover the scenic views, mountain trails, wildlife, and plants of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a local guide to lead the way. With so much to see in the region, nature lovers can get overwhelmed deciding where to go and what attractions to prioritize. By traveling with a guide you don’t have to worry about the logistics and can rest assured you don’t miss any of the highlights.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Asheville Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Asheville Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Solve clues, complete challenges, and race against competing teams while checking out top Asheville sights on this self-guided Asheville scavenger hunt. Follow the guide on your smartphone to reach historical attractions, outdoor art, and essential Asheville sights, all with your self-chosen team of two to five people. Because this tour is all from your phone, you can complete it on your own schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.52
Price varies by group size
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$20.52
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Half-Day Hike with Long Range Views from Asheville

Half-Day Hike with Long Range Views from Asheville

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Your guide is a certified naturalist who is knowledgeable of the flora and fauna of the area. You will learn tree and flower identifications as well as any wildlife you may see during your activity.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Mountain Top Sunrise & Coffee

Mountain Top Sunrise & Coffee

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You will get to see an amazing Asheville sunset from our favorite "secret" spots. Our founder grew up in Asheville and has found the greatest places to catch a sunrise!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Elijah Mountain Gem Mining Experience Admission Ticket

Elijah Mountain Gem Mining Experience Admission Ticket

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It can be hard to find something fun and different for your kids to do while in the Asheville area. Travel outside the city just 30 minutes to Hendersonville’s Elijah Mountain Gem Mine. Guarantee your visit for the whole family by booking ahead, and choose from multiple packages to find which one is best for your budget.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Private Paddleboard Raft on the French Broad River from Asheville

Private Paddleboard Raft on the French Broad River from Asheville

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The French Broad River winds 117 miles from western North Carolina to Tennessee, passing right by Asheville along the way. Paddle down a 4-mile section of the scenic waterway on this private paddleboard tour, which can accommodate your group of three to six people and offers three departure times throughout the day.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$307.70
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$307.70
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Guided Horseback Riding on the Fern Forest Trail

Guided Horseback Riding on the Fern Forest Trail

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Follow your guide on a 45-minute horseback riding adventure at Arrowmont Stables and Cabins outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Choose from a variety of departure times, and ride the beautiful Fern Forest Trail, traveling through a dense forest on relatively flat terrain at 4,000 feet. This gentle trail, situated in the Nantahala National Forest, is suitable for all skill levels. Guided safety training plus a ‘test drive’ and helmet (mandatory for those under 18) are provided.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.03
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$61.03
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Guided Waterfall Hike

Guided Waterfall Hike

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Join us for a waterfall hiking tour and see some of the Western NC's famous waterfalls! Your guide will meet you at our downtown Asheville location then drive you to the trailhead. You'll enjoy a 3-5 mile hike, featuring one or more waterfalls (depending on the location). Our tours are designed for beginner to intermediate hikers, but are beautiful enough that even the most seasoned hiker will have a great time! Your hike could be in Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Forest, or Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Your guide will select the best hike for the day based on factors like weather, trail conditions, and participant fitness level. All of our guides have extensive hiking and backpacking experience, and all hold CPR and Wilderness First Aid (or higher) medical certifications.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.57
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$102.57

Introduction to Outdoor Climbing in Pisgah National Forest

Introduction to Outdoor Climbing in Pisgah National Forest

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Want to learn to rock climb and have a great time? Then this is the perfect class for you! After a moderate warm-up hike, you will approach one of the most beautiful rock walls in the world--Looking Glass Rock. And after a brief introduction, you will start exploring the vertical world--one exhilarating hold at a time. The higher you climb, the better the view. Along the way you will learn the rudiments of rock climbing. Let our AMGA certified instructors design a day of climbing to thrill and inspire you!
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$208.12
Price varies by group size
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$208.12
Price varies by group size

Slate Rock Trail Running Tour

Slate Rock Trail Running Tour

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Pisgah National Forest is the oldest of its kind in the eastern US. With over 500,000 acres and 1,600 miles of trail, some of the best overlooks and waterfalls are often overlooked. We will meet at Ecusta Brewing, then you will follow me to the trailhead, a ~30 minute scenic drive including a bit of dirt road. 2-wheel drive vehicles will have no problem, the road is well-maintained. Starting at the trailhead, we will run a ~7 mile loop with 1,400' of vertical. The run parallels a beautiful mountain stream with several cascades, then climbs its way up to one of the best overlooks in the forest - Slate Rock. Towering over the Pink Beds Valley, the overlook includes views of nearby Pilot Rock and the distant high peaks of the Great Balsam Range. I would argue that the views are far better than John Rock, Cedar Rock, or even Looking Glass Rock. Its limited popularity is due mostly to its remoteness and difficulty to navigate due to several unmarked trails along the way.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00

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