Outdoor Activities near Beaufort House Inn
Asheville, NC is a mecca for those looking for a North Carolina travel adventure, and our lodging near the Blue Ridge Parkway is the ideal home base for your vacation. There is an endless array of outdoor activities in the area for participants or observers. Activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, golfing, white water rafting, rock climbing, etc. Below is just a sampling of some of those activities.
- Blue Ridge Parkway and Visitors Center – the BRP is the longest and most visited National Park in the country with 469 miles of breathtaking scenic vistas. The BRP goes around and thru Asheville and climbs from 2000 feet of elevation to over 6,600 ft in the local area.
- Appalachian Trail – the AT is a national treasure hiking trial that passes near Asheville on its way from Georgia to Maine on part of its almost 2200-mile journey up the eastern US Appalachian mountain chain.
- NC Arboretum – The NC Arboretum is a 434-acre public estate of gardens and trails, which is the fulfillment of the dream of Fredrick Law Olmstead the father of modern forestry ( and the designer of Central Park in NYC)
- Hot Springs – HS is a rustic town on the Appalachian Trail about 45 min from Asheville. It is known for its quaint restaurants and shops and its hot mineral spring baths.
- Chimney Rock State Park – Chimney Rock State Park is a paid attraction that includes 1000 acres of hiking trail and a magnificent rock monolith for which the park is named. It is located just 25 miles from Asheville near Lake Lure.
- Mt Pisgah – Mt Pisgah is a 5700 ft peak about 15 miles SW of Asheville on the BRP. It is also the location of the Pisgah Inn and Restaurant, which is open 6 months a year and is run by the National Park Service.
- Grandfather Mountain – GM is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge range and is known for its beautiful vistas and as a well-known Biosphere Reserve.
- Craggy Gardens – Craggy Gardens is a high elevation summit located at MP 364 on the BRP about 45 minutes drive from Asheville on the BRP. It is known for its spectacular floral displays and vistas in all directions.
- Lake Lure – Lake Lure is a 720-acre lake with 21 miles of shoreline, just 25 miles from Asheville. It is known for its beauty and the variety of outdoor activities that are available.
- Dupont State Forest – DSF is a beautiful and popular 10,000 acre forest preserve, which is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails and its spectacular waterfalls, many of which are several stories high. This forest has been the site of several movies including “The Hunger Games” and “The Last of the Mohicans.”
- Smoky Mountain National Park
- Nantahala Outdoor Center – An extensive facility with zip lines, whitewater and a variety of outdoor adventures, 1 hr 20 min from Asheville
- Mountain Adventure Guides – Whitewater rafting / rock climbing and more
- Brews Cruise – take a guided tour of some of the twenty microbreweries in the Asheville area
- Great Smoky Mountain Railway – Based in Bryson City, NC it provides a variety of scenic excursions in the mountains of Western NC
- The Grove Park Inn Golf – A dynamic Donald Ross Resort course located 1 mile from the inn
- Black Mountain Golf – A beautiful mountain municipal course located 20 min from the inn
- Etowah Valley Golf Club – 27 holes, on a beautiful mountain course at a semi-private club
- Asheville Municipal Golf Course – Designed by Donald Ross