My favorites are:

Pisgah: Do Looking glass falls, sliding rock, and Looking Glass Rock Hike

Looking Glass Falls

Looking Glass Rock Hike

Dupont State forest waterfalls Dupont State Forest

Craggy Gardens (beautiful drive there on the parkway) Craggy Gardens

Greybeard & Seven Sisters (in Montreat) Greybeard

Mount Mitchell Mount Mitchell Trail

Black Balsam Area Black Balsam Trails

Chimney Rock/Lake Lure area: I love to take a day and do all three of these, Bearwallow Mountain Hike on the way there (from Asheville), onto Chimney Rock State Park, and finally a swim in Lake Lure.

Bearwallow Mountain Hike

Chimney Rock State Park

If you want a quick hike, you can stop anywhere along the Blue Ridge Parkway and hop on the Mountains to Sea trail (marked by a white dot); Nice winter views and easy access from AVL.

The picture below is the Snowball Mountain trail which is just off of the Mountains-to-Sea trail in the Craggy Gardens Picnic area.  Go to what looks like a cul de sac and park.  Trail is to left – only 2 miles to lookout but very challenging!


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