Asheville NC Area Guide

Asheville, the largest city in western North Carolina, welcomes you!

Whether you’re planning a tour of local restaurants or a wild mountain adventure, Asheville is a city for you! If art is what you love, the Blue Ridge Parkway has so much to share. Films, camping, hiking, spas and retreats and beautiful parks in a kid friendly, pet friendly environment is the heart of Asheville. Historic tours, Art Deco buildings, Civil War history on the campus of modern day UNC, all wait for your attention.


Begun as a settlement in 1784, Col. Samuel Davidson and his family settled here, redeeming a soldier’s land grant. Although relatively untouched by the Civil War until early April 1865, the Battle of Asheville was fought on the present day site of the University of North Carolina.

Asheville prospered in the 1910’s and 1920’s and made famous by the novel Look Homeward, Angel and while progress has sometimes slowed, it has always moved forward. Good things have come from the slow times though, with one of them being Asheville having one of the most impressive collections of Art Deco architecture in the United States. Click here to learn more about Asheville and its history!



Asheville Historic Trolley Tours

Sightsee Asheville in style aboard our vintage touring trolleys.

The Manor Inn Reception Space

The Manor Inn and Cottages, a National Historic Site, has space available that is ideal for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and corporate and family events.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Click here for more information on Asheville's attractions and things to do!


French Broad River Park

One of Asheville's most beautiful parks, the park meanders alongside the tranquil French Broad River, and features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, a paved trail, a gazebo, picnic tables and grills, an observation deck, and a small playground. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in area made for exercising and socializing your pooch! (See more pet-friendly Asheville.) Located at Amboy Rd. and Riverview Dr. in west Asheville. To reserve the gazebo, contact 828-259-5738. Adjacent is Carrier Park.


Chimney Rock Park 

In one place, the best of the mountains. Here you’ll find a variety of hiking trails – fun for the whole family or a little time alone.

Carrier Park is one of Asheville's premier parks (near French Broad River Park) offers volleyball courts, a giant playground, a roller-hockey rink, a basketball court, a multi-use track, a lawn bowling court, a paved trail and a multi-use sports field for baseball and soccer.  

Richmond Hill Park is Asheville's largest wooded city park.

Azalea Park, Asheville’s newest park, along the Swannanoa River on Azalea Road in east Asheville. It’s dog-friendly, so remember the ball and leash!

For more about Asheville Parks and Recreation facilities, visit their website.

Annual Events

Montford Music and Arts Festival

The 7th annual Montford Music and Arts festival will be a day of great music and crafts in a historic neighborhood setting. Dancing by world famous Ira Berstein accompanied by John Hermann and oldies music by West Sound are just a hint of the quality entertainment free to everyone. Also there will be tasty food and family activities.

Garden Jubilee Festival

Garden Jubilee Festival May 29 & 30, 2010 / 10:00am - 6:00 pm Historic Downtown Hendersonville (Sixth Avenue-Caswell Street) Animals are Prohibited The 17th Annual Garden Jubilee Festival is a spectacular two day festival that celebrates the growing season in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The festival is held annually during the Memorial Day weekend in Historic Downtown Hendersonville.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

The crowd: Bagpipers, sheep herders, kilted wrestlers.

Art in Autumn

Art in Autumn is a juried show which showcases the diverse range of cultural heritage of our region.

Asheville Cinema Festival

The Asheville Cinema Festival welcomes filmmakers and film lovers to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains to celebrate four days of independent film.


Click here for more festivals and special events in the Asheville area—see you at where the fun is!  


Jan McClure
Jan McClure