Asheville & The Blue Ridge Mountains - Adventure is Calling



nestled in the blue ridge mountains is a

gateway for adventure

north carolina is a state that has both

beaches and mountains

maybe that's why so many californians

are moving here

our theme for the last few months has

been getting back to nature

and no better place to do that than in

western north carolina floating down the

french broad river

in this video you will see many things

you have heard of like the blue ridge

parkway the appalachian trail

the biltmore estate but we will show you

many areas you may not be aware of

like marshall hot springs little


a couple of waterfalls

asheville is not only popular for its

nature but also its art

music architecture and beer

it is big enough to have good services

and entertainment

yet it still has a small town atmosphere

with under a hundred thousand in


while we are going to focus largely on

the tourist activities

what to do in asheville we are also

going to show you a couple of


asheville has been popular for retirees

but now the dominant group moving in

are 20 to 34 year old millennials and

young families with unc

asheville and western carolina

university as well as an era conducive

to the active lifestyle

it is popular for college-age people

asheville city limits has actually seen

its growth slow

a little in the last couple of years

however its four county region is

experiencing a robust growth

especially in waynesville and maggie

valley where you can get more home for

the money

yet still be 20 to 30 minutes from


now if you have the big bucks you can

move to the biltmore forest

wow how would you like to live there oh

and there's a tropical smoothie in

asheville a plus for

any city so no matter what your reason

is for coming to asheville

maybe to visit to live to hear some live


or maybe just to drink beer i think you

will enjoy our journey

so sit back relax and enjoy the ride as

we show you a land of soaring peaks

lush green valleys rushing streams by

drone by car

by bike and by helicopter asheville and

the blue ridge mountains

adventure is calling

we start our journey 53 miles northeast

of asheville at route 226

at gillespie gap after three miles we

enter the village of little switzerland

which features emerald village where you

can go on an underground mine tour and

pan for golden minerals

on saturday evenings in july and august

you can enjoy mountain music and square

dancing at geneva hall

these quaint a-frame cabins can hold

five guests two bedrooms one bath and

are generally around 250 a night with

taxes and fees

you get access to the resort amenities

like the chalet restaurant


another five miles down the parkway we

come to crabtree falls

if you put crabtree falls in your gps it

will probably bring you to the city of

crabtree falls

which is nowhere near the actual falls

the falls are just off of mile marker

339.5 on the blue ridge parkway you have

to hike or bike to 1.5 miles from the


and really most of it might be difficult

to bike with three sets of stairways

along the way and very rocky sometimes

wet path but it is worth the hike

as well as driving the blue ridge

parkway you can view it by helicopter

we recommend smoky mountain helicopters

which you can find in cherokee north


for filming we recommend sky shots

helicopters out of salem virginia

here we use the sci-flex v14 the same

camera used on

aerial america


the blue ridge parkway is america's

longest linear park

it runs for 469 miles from near

charlottesville virginia

shenandoah national park to the great

smoky mountains national park near

cherokee north carolina

it has been the most visited unit of the

national park service

for every year since 1946 with the

exception of four years

if traveling during late fall to early

spring be advised that many of the

tunnels are often closed due to weather


now back in the asheville metro let's

journey up the french broad river

a great way to begin your day of

adventure is having a vanilla latte from

high five coffee

right on the river in woodfin open from

9am to 4pm

a good stop as you float down the river

if traveling by car it's easy to miss

it is behind the attic salt theater

company a warehouse looking building

a half mile up the river woodfin

riverside park

woodfin is one of those ideal

communities around asheville that people

are choosing to call home this the

riverwalk community

beautiful middle class homes on a hill

with views of the river in the blue

ridge mountains

asheville is adjacent to eight national

and state parks

200 waterfalls and four rivers due to

its elevation the humidity in asheville

is milder than the rest of north


the weather allows for four seasons and

is temporary there are 15 wineries

within 50 miles of asheville


french broad outfitters offers tours

rentals of kayaks canoes

tubes stand up paddle boards with

shuttles available to pick you up or

drop you off

zen tubing has group rates for church

school or corporate groups

and facilities with picnic tables grills

to host birthday parties or special


did you know that several movies were at

least partially filmed in the asheville

area last of the mohicans the fugitive


patch adams forest gump and dirty



across the river the new belgium brewery

one of many asheville breweries that you

can take a tour of asheville is also

famous for its paddle boarding and the

best way to do that is to take a tour

with waimana paddle boat tours


the river arts district is an area of

former industrial buildings

converted to art studios galleries of

hundreds of artists

we now move across the river to take a

bike ride on the french broad river

greenway which goes through the french

broad river park to carrier park this is

part of a major urban waterfront

development plan

across the street from the greenway is

upstreamway luxury vacation rentals

if you are looking for an extended stay

in asheville with a family or a group

asheville is heaven for the outdoor

enthusiasts with wilderness hiking

bike trails river kayaking tubing fly


and several zipline experiences


next door to carrier park is the

asheville outdoor center

as well as rentals for tandem kayaks


rafts they have a large facility to host


with a shaded pavilion grills a musical


you can play cornhole basketball

volleyball ping-pong

and even go mining for gyms

next door to asheville outdoor center is

wilson's rv

park right on the river

we now head three miles north to the

adventure center of asheville

a group of multiple adventure parks

where there is fun for the serious

thrill seeker

as well as kids first colo bike park

with four miles of purpose-built trails

on our rolling terrain

next door is treetops adventure park a

challenge course

in the trees with over 77 unique

climbing rolling

walking jumping swinging ziplining and


challenges anchored to over 30 trees and

towering posts

tucked into a wooden park i wish they

had stuff like this when i was a kid

all i had was the marine corps obstacle

course with someone yelling at you

all the time


there are 113 buildings in asheville

that are listed on the national registry

of historic places

downtown known for its southern

hospitality with arts craft

music festivals shopping and dining

like the posanna restroom

or the mellow mushroom


off the wagon dueling piano bar


we take patton avenue as we head towards

pack square park the neo-gothic jackson

building was north carolina's tallest

building at 140 feet when it opened

in 1924 pack square park

with a large pavilion for events and


the neoclassical revival buncombe

courthouse building opened in 1928

in the same year the city hall an

eclectic art deco masterpiece

was completed if you love art in history

walk the asheville urban trail a 1.7

mile walking tour through the streets of


asheville known for live musicians like

tommy k and the cush

we had lost a bag on the road while we

were shooting and tommy k

and his friend richard kingston called

us to let us know and we were able to

get it back

typical of the good honest people who

call asheville home


the biltmore estate is the largest

privately owned house in america at 175

000 square feet that's four acres for

just the house it boasts 33 bedrooms

43 bathrooms 65 fireplaces

250 rooms total besides the house

there is also the biltmore gardens the

antler hill village

and winery more than 20 miles of hiking

and biking trails you can also go


rafting and horseback riding you

certainly may need more than a day to

really experience the biltmore estate

see for more info


we are now going to head north outside

of asheville and get back into the rural

part of western north carolina

the historic town of marshall is 20

miles north of asheville

situated between the french broad river

and the rocky cliffs amidst lush green



main street marshall has great coffee

homemade desserts excellent food and


music a great place if you want to


small town america see romantic

asheville dot com

slash marshall


on this part of the french broad river

it's not just floating down the river

but it's time to have some real fun at

french broad adventures

located in marshall which has something

for the serious adrenaline junkie

with white water rafting ziplining

waterfall climbing


the appalachian trail won the longest

marked trails in the world at 2185 miles

it travels from georgia to maine going

through 14 states

hot springs is at mile marker 273

north of the south end of the trail and

the only town on the trail that passes

directly through

town in north carolina as a result hot

springs is popular for the full trail

hikers to spend a day or two in town to

do laundry eat a good meal

hot springs is named for its warm

mineral springs it is surrounded by the

pisco national forest

as well as hiking hot springs is popular

for white water rafting

mountain biking horseback riding or just

soaking in the mineral water at the hot

springs resort and spa

for info see romantic asheville dot com


hot underscore springs



as we head back to asheville for a blue

ridge mountain sunset

we are going to take old marshall road

which runs right along the river

there are a few good riverside parks

along this scenic drive

this is alexander river park excellent

for watching the sunset due to the


of the river the daily struggles the


the city life can sometimes get your

mind to focus on all the negatives

and blow them out of proportion nature

might be calling

you to spend some time in the blue ridge


to challenge yourself with some of the

adventures of this region

meet the friendly mountain people of

western north carolina

and you just might gain a whole new

perspective of life

there is something about the blue ridge

mountains that can clear your mind

if looking for a place to stay this

ramada inn on river ford road was

great it is in a new community the rates

were very reasonable highly recommend it

coming up next we are going to the other

side of the mountains

to tennessee gatlinburg pigeon forge

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thank you for watching asheville and the

blue ridge mountains

adventure is calling