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Top 5 Spring Hikes to Take Near Asheville

Top 5 Hikes to Take This Spring

Photo Credit: Reid Northrup

Looking for those sweeping views you've been missing? Now that the weather is warming up, we're lacing up our hiking boots, packing our picnics and planning out where to go this season to find that perfect panorama.

Here are our top 5 favorite hikes to take during the spring months.

Black Balsam Knob
Photo Credit: Malee Oot
Where: Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 420
Length: 1-10 miles, moderate
One of our favorites, Black Balsam Knob offers sweeping 360-degree views while you hike across the bald mountaintops of the Southern Appalachians — above 6,000 ft. there are almost no trees to be seen. You only have to hike a half mile to reach the first bald mountaintops, but you can hike as far as you want since Black Balsam Knob is actually part of the 30-mile Art Loeb Trail.
Craggy Pinnacle
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Where: Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 364.1
Length: 1.4 miles round-trip, strenuous
A popular hike near the Asheville area, Craggy Pinnacle attracts visitors year-round. But the 360-degree mountain view absolutely takes your breath away once spring comes around. Once you reach the 5,892-ft. peak, you won’t ever want to leave.
Looking Glass Rock
Photo Credit: Evergreen Girls
Where: Pisgah National Forest
Length: 6.5 miles roundtrip, strenuous
While Looking Glass Rock is a great winter hike, it’s an even better hike in the spring. Once you reach the top of this iconic summit — about 1,700-ft higher from where you began — you will be treated to spectacular 180-degree views.

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