Hey guys it’s Kennedy! Before I Die, you will see me hiking and exploring more. Asheville is a city pinned on many traveler’s GPS as a pitstop while driving to their destination. Well, that is of course, if Asheville itself is not the destination. Here, our city is known for having the Biltmore House, our Downtown and Arts District and for our mountains. Many travelers passing through typically find themselves up on the Blue Ridge Parkway admiring the many overlooks and amazing views.
Personally, I myself have been to many hiking spots and trails here in the Asheville-Brevard area. Although I tend to spend the majority of my free time watching Netflix (hey, I’m not complaining!), I also try to get out as much as I can. It’s definitely much more difficult to do the activities you want when you don’t have your license. July 6 can’t come soon enough (if I pass of course…)!
One of my favorite trails was one I hiked with my mom and brother at Looking Glass Rock.
Looking Glass Rock is a strenuous, 6.5 mile round trip hike. Although it is on the more challenging side, the breathtaking +180° view makes the trip well worth your while. Trust me, if I can make it, anyone can!
Another one of my favorite hikes is over at Black Balsam Knob. Although I’ve only been once, it was a memorable trip when going with two of my best friends, Ellie Phillips and Ashlyn Blakely! We might not of made it all the way around, but we sure did burn a couple calories.
If you are one that wants to escape the crowd, steer away from the main tourist attractions, and have the land to yourself, there are many side trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway you can explore also. When the Parkway was closed during the winter of 2017, a couple friends and I managed to make it a little ways down the Parkway just before hitting the road block signs and the gates themselves. Frustrated with our original plans not working out, we decided to explore a small side trail and ended up spending the whole day there, having a blast!
Although the name of the trail is forgotten and we may never be able to find it again with so many out there, this day will always be a memorable one! Come July, my Netflix sessions will be greatly reduced and you will definitely see me up on the Parkway just searching for a new trail to explore. Before I Die, I will definitely be hiking and exploring more.
If you are ever stumped (pun intended) on where to adventure, here is a link on a couple favored places in Asheville to get you started:
Thanks for reading! See you soon!