5 Outdoor Activities to do in Asheville in the Summer


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The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and it’s officially summertime in Asheville! There are so many outdoor activities to enjoy in Western North Carolina. There are plenty of places for al fresco dining. It’s the perfect time to hike, bike, or swim! Here are 5 ideas for summertime outdoor activities in Asheville!

  1. Take a hike to waterfalls and swimming holes in Western NC

There are quite a few areas to hike to a waterfall or swimming hole not far from Asheville. Lower Falls in the Graveyard Fields area in DuPont Forest has a small swimming hole and wading area at the base of the gorgeous falls with boulders to perch. There’s a small rock to jump from. It’s an easy hike and fun for the children or dog. Not far from there you have Skinny Dip Falls, another swimming hole with spots to sit or wade and a rock to jump from. While Hooker Falls only has a 12 foot waterfall, the swimming and floating area is bigger. There plenty of flat rocks to sit on. Read more suggestions of some outdoor spots to visit near Asheville.

  1. Float or Paddle the French Broad River

Pass by the French Broad River on a hot day and you’ll see many people floating or boating. You’ll see kayaks, paddleboards, and the occasional air mattress. Don’t worry if you don’t own a floating device, there are places to rent them like Zen Tubing, French Broad Outfitters, or Wai Mauna SUP. There are quite a few spots to put in, depending on how long you want to float. You can put in at Carrier Park for about a 3+ hour float or at the River Arts District for a shorter trip. Wave at everyone at New Belgium Asheville as you float by! For more fun in the sun, hop out at The Bywater and enjoy their outdoor seating and yard games and fare from a local food truck.

  1. Zipline Canopy Adventure

For an exciting day in the treetops, book a zipline canopy tour at one of the multiple locations in the area. The Adventure Center of Asheville is in Asheville or you can check out Navitat outside of Asheville. Cool off on a warm day as you zip through the trees! It’s fun for kids and adults alike.

  1. Live Music at Downtown After Five

For some evening excitement and live music, the Asheville Downtown Association hosts Downtown After Five on the third Friday of the month starting in May. DTA5 is a series of concerts on Lexington Avenue after 5 pm. You’ll also find local food, craft beer, and more. After the concert, you can enjoy the nightlife of downtown Asheville.

  1. The Color Run 5K 

The Color Run is the “Happiest 5K on the Planet!” Walk or run this colorful paint run that makes its way to Asheville each summer. Wear a white shirt so you can color yourself throughout the race as you run through the color throw stations. Some people even get wacky with their outfits. Be prepared to be covered in paint and/or glitter, and to have a blast!

What fun outdoor activities are you planning to do in Asheville this summer?