10 Things To Do In Asheville This Summer

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Mountain Biking-Bent Creek

Bent Creek Experimental Forest is home to a collection of trails for mountain bikers of all skill sets.  Zip through these Pisgah Forest trails at your pace and take in the surroundings, including the NC Arboretum!

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Bent Creek Experimental Forest


Navitat Canopy Adventures offer the largest zipline tours in the Asheville area.  What makes these tours unique are the long distances and the speed!  With a hands-free, automatic breaking system, you get to enjoy mountain top views with exhilaration and ease.  They even offer Gopro rentals to capture your adventure!

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Nantahala Canopy Adventures

Asheville Summer Events & Festivals

Asheville has no shortage of festivals!  Check out our Asheville Festivals & Music page for unique, family-friendly festivals in Asheville this summer.


Asheville has mastered the art of outdoor adventure. But who doesn’t love putting their feet up by a campfire and roasting marshmallows? Here’s a list of some of our favorite places to go camping in Asheville. Check out our list of Camping Around Asheville.


Maybe we’re partial, but locals and tourists alike love tubing on the French Broad River. It’s a fun experience, family friendly and you can even pack your own cooler with beverages and snacks! See our FAQ on tubing in Asheville and plan your trip!

Girls Day on the River @ Zen Tubing

Swimming holes

Searching for places to swim in the mountains can be a challenge for those visiting. It’s usually a local’s secret and rarely shared! However, some of these secret swimming holes have made it through the grapevine! Here’s a comprehensive list.

NC Arboretum 

New at the NC Arboretum is Arbor Evenings! Held every Thursday, April – October, from 6 to 9 pm, this after hours series invites you to relax and unwind. Visitors will see the Arboretum’s gardens come to light after dark while enjoying delicious food and tasty beverages, including beer and wine.…

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Arbor Evenings @ NC Arboretum

Hikes with a View

There are trails throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains offering all kinds of picturesque scenery. Do you enjoy a long hike up the mountain or would you prefer to have easy accessibility? Here a great list of hikes that pay off with some 360 degree views!

Max Patch

Ice Cream

Grab a cone and stroll downtown Asheville. Cool ice cream spots such as Sunshine Sammies conveniently located downtown Asheville behind the Orange Peel, The Hop or The Hop WestUltimate Ice Cream is just a few steps away from the Grove Park neighborhood off Charlotte Street, and Kilwins Asheville.

Sunshine Sammies

U-Pick Farms 

U-pick farms are a fun and delicious way to spend a summer day.  Enjoy Cloud 9 Farm in Fletcher, Dogwood Hills Farm, Green Hill Urban Farm Asheville, Obermiller’s U-pick strawberries in Hendersonville, Flying Cloud Farm in Fairview, Coston Farm & Apple House in Hendersonville, Zimmerman’s Berry Farm in Marshall, Imladris Farm Fairview