Thrill Seekers and Sports Enthusiasts Find a Home in Asheville
Asheville residents enjoy being active by taking advantage of the city's parks and recreational outlets. The area's natural beauty – including mountain streams and rolling hills – and its moderate climate draw locals outdoors. Here's a look at some of the sports and recreation amenities Asheville has to offer:
Float or Stroke
There are two ways to enjoy Asheville's rivers and streams. For those looking to relax, try an afternoon of lazy river tubing with Zen Tubing. Want more action? Turn up the excitement and join a whitewater rafting crew on the French Broad River or kayak solo down the rapids.
Enjoy the Mountain Air
See Asheville from the treetops on a zipline tour with the Navitat Canopy Adventures, the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park or Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours. First-timers and experienced adventurers alike get a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful North Carolina mountains while having a lot of fun.
With a comfortable climate, unique terrain and scenery, Asheville is a favorite among mountain bikers too, especially with riding groups like the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club.
Stop to smell the roses and enjoy the crisp mountain air at the North Carolina Arboretum, and then enjoy a stroll down the Buncombe Greenways and the French Broad River Trail. Take the whole family out to enjoy some of Asheville's parks, including Carrier Park, Harvest House Center, Montford Complex and Mount Mitchell State Park.
Don’t miss your tee time at one of Asheville's many golf courses, like the Crowne Plaza Resort, Biltmore Forest Country Club and The Cliffs. Enjoy an afternoon of hiking, family-friendly playgrounds and athletic fields at one of the many city parks. Go exploring in more than 400 acres of gardens nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains at the North Carolina Arboretum.
After experiencing all the sports and recreation that Asheville offers, join other health and adventure enthusiasts at the Mountain Sports Festival every summer. This three-day celebration of all things active in Asheville is packed with fun for the whole family, including demonstrations, trail runs and tournaments sure to excite adventurers of all ages.
Asheville is a favorite host city for sports tournaments including the 2013 Southern Conference Basketball Tournament.