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Want a Splashier Bathroom? Take Note of These Renovation Trends

Floating Vanity Bathroom TrendsCreating a bathroom that goes beyond the basics has become a big trend this year, with more and more homeowners seeking spa-like serenity in what was once a strictly utilitarian room. Following are a few renovations that combine form and function to produce bathroom beauty you’ll want to soak in.

Vanity affair

Floating your vanity – so that it is attached to the wall rather than standing on legs – frees up the space beneath, and gives your bathroom a larger, airier feel. Floating vanities come in all sizes and configurations, so that you can go with an entire unit – sink, countertop and cabinets – or separate components to fully customize the look.

Mirrors, in a new light

Replacing mirrors and medicine cabinets is an easy change to make, and one that can modernize your space. This is especially true with backlit mirrors and medicine cabinets. Embedded lighting offers a softer spotlight, and can stay dimmed for use as a nightlight or overall mood lighting. While you’re at it, consider a mirror that steers clear of the conventional right angles – a circular or otherwise uniquely shaped mirror with rounded features takes the edge off and creates a true focal point in the bathroom.

Large Tiles in BathroomsBig on wall tiles

Replace small mosaic tiles with larger wall tiles for a fresh, more modern look. Bonus: Fewer grout lines means they will be easier to keep looking clean. You can tile entire walls, or select sections like backsplashes or showers. Wallpaper is another popular option; use a bold pattern to accent a wall or nook. 

Bathing beauties

Tubs are veering away from the ornate, instead taking on sleek and simple lines. Consider a freestanding, flat-bottom soaking tub. Showers are also simplifying, with many renovations incorporating open showers free of doors and ledges. Such a design gives your bathroom a larger, more accessible feel.

Counters that are tops

A lavish bathroom includes lots of counter space. Consider swapping out an ageing countertop with one made from quartz or another durable, easy-to-care-for material.

Royal flush

Long the most underrated bathroom player, toilets are taking a star turn thanks to tech upgrades. Smart toilets are in high demand, and it’s no wonder: Features include self-cleaning, bidets, heated seats, overflow protection and built-in nightlights.

Warmth, from towels to toes

Homeowners are warming to the trend of heated floors and towel warmers, which add to the comfort of your bathroom in an energy-efficient manner. Radiant flooring offers uniform warmth, and can be customized. For a smaller budget, towel warmers are a luxurious accessory. They are easy to install, and come in a variety of styles, sizes and functionality.

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Get the Best Return on Investment With These Outdoor Home Projects

Outdoor Home Projects that Add ValueWhen making improvements to your Asheville home, it’s important to consider your return on investment. Will the things you add or change be worth the cost, either in energy savings or in added value to your home? Outdoor home projects, in particular, can be an easy way to add value without breaking the bank. Here are some things you can improve about your home’s exterior and landscaping that will give you the best bang for your buck.

Entertainment spaces

Enjoying the outdoors with family and friends is one of the benefits of living in Asheville’s temperate climate. That’s why adding a patio – think stone or brick for longevity and minimal maintenance – or wood porch can boost quality of life as well as home value. Consider including a fire pit for chilly evenings, or take the idea of outdoor entertainment spaces one step further and install a kitchen, complete with gas grill or cooking area and sink. Creating outdoor entertainment spaces allows you to extend your home’s usable space, an attractive addition with a good return on investment when the time comes to sell.

Landscaping upgrades

Good landscaping can be a relatively inexpensive way to boost your home’s value, as well as cut maintenance and energy costs. Placing fast-growing trees in strategic locations in your yard can produce home-cooling shade. Planting perennials, native plants, and quick-spreading groundcover will create an easy-care yard that often doesn’t require as much watering, and can ease erosion. And of course, landscaping adds to curb appeal, boosting your home in the eyes of potential homebuyers.

Yard Projects with Good ROIPrivacy screening is another relatively inexpensive upgrade to add to your yard: Anything from traditional wooden fencing to evergreen trees and tall shrubs will do the trick, creating separation while also adding beauty to your yard. Installing outdoor lighting, for safety or to spotlight particular features in your yard, is another easy and inexpensive way to increase value.

Exterior upkeep

As your home ages, various exterior components will need to be replaced, either for aesthetic reasons or for practical purposes. Upgrading shutters, switching out front doors or garage doors, or sprucing up your home’s exterior with a pressure wash or a paint job are all things that will surely reap a return on investment. If you have a bit more money to invest, consider switching from a wood exterior to a more durable siding: You’ll recoup the costs in the long-term, with less maintenance over time, and increased home value.

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Asheville Area Offers Up Plenty of Great Lake Escapes

Homes for Sale in Lake Lure NCAsheville and the surrounding areas are overflowing with public-access lakes perfect for lazing away an afternoon, enjoying water activities, fishing, hiking or camping. Here are a few favorites:

Lake Lure

Located 26 miles southeast of Asheville, Lake Lure offers the perfect spot for spending the day. Famed as the backdrop for the 1987 film classic “Dirty Dancing,” Lake Lure offers a large, sandy beach with water slides and water games, a change area with bathrooms and snacks, boat tours, and a lakeside greenway, all nestled in the scenic Hickory Nut Gorge. Discover Lake Lure Real Estate.

Lake Junaluska

Situated near Maggie Valley, this compact lake anchored by a spiritual retreat offers boat tours, hiking trails, lakefront hotels and cabins. It’s a quick 28 miles west of Asheville. Discover Lake Junaluska Real Estate.

Fontana Lake

A large lake in Bryson City with more than 200 miles of mostly undeveloped shoreline, Fontana (75 miles west of Asheville) boasts the tallest dam in the Eastern U.S. Visitors can drive or walk the Appalachian Trail across the dam. Boat and houseboat rentals, picnic and cookout areas are available.

Lake James NC Real EstateLake James

This state park near Linville Gorge is popular for its sandy beach, hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing and camping spots, including a boat-in campground. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent at the lake, which is 47 miles east of Asheville.

Lake Glenville

This reservoir near Cashiers (68 miles southwest of Asheville) offers tubing, skiing, paddle boarding, swimming and fishing, as well as a public beach. Pontoons and tritoons are available to rent. Three waterfalls are accessible from the lake.

Lake Santeetlah

Located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Nantahala National Forest, Santeetlah offers fishing and water activities, as well as a lakeside campground and beach.

Lake Jocassee

This S.C. destination in Devils Fork State Park, two hours from Asheville, boasts clear waters perfect for swimming and scuba diving. Lodging options include RV and tent camping, as well as boat-in camping and lakeside villas.

Steps to Beaver Lake TrailsLake Tomahawk

This nearby lake in Black Mountain (25 minutes east of Asheville) offers a walking trail, fishing, and a swimming pool onsite. Picnic areas and grills are also available.

And for in-town options, check out these spots:

Beaver Lake

This North Asheville lake five minutes from downtown Asheville boasts a partially shaded walking path and a bird sanctuary. While there is no swimming, boating permits are available, as are catch-and-release fishing permits.

Lake Julian

Ten minutes south of downtown Asheville, this Buncombe County park is perfect for boating (daily or annual fee). Visitors can also fish, or enjoy one of the picnic shelters.

Lake Powhatan

This lake and its campground, 20 minutes southwest of downtown Asheville, border Bent Creek Experimental Forest. There is a beach and swimming area (no watercraft of any kind permitted); trout fishing is a popular pastime at the lake. Glamping sites are also available.

For more information on real estate near public-access lakes, or anywhere in Asheville or Western N.C., please contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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Is Now a Good Time To Buy in Asheville?

Now a Good Time to Buy in AshevilleThe last few years have seen an influx of people to Asheville, drawn here by the area’s natural beauty, vibrant culture, and outdoor adventures. If you’re considering a move to the area, you may be wondering if now is a good time to buy in Asheville. According to Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura, it’s important to understand all the facets of Asheville’s real estate market before making a move.

Migration changes affecting the Asheville area

According to Figura, the country is undergoing major migration changes, driven by a few factors. One is how people work: Obviously, the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly changed the workplace, with many more people able to work remotely.  “This makes places like Asheville a lot more desirable than they have been pre-Covid, where careers were more place-based,” says Figura. 

Another factor is climate change. “There’s an old expression, when you’re in trouble, run for the hills,” says Figura. “What we’re seeing now is a lot of people moving to Asheville for safety and security and quality of life.”

Asheville offers a desirable mix of features that add to quality of life. “We have great restaurants, a music scene, great outdoor activities, and interesting, eclectic people who make it a vibrant city, and it’s no surprise that people are drawn to the area,” says Figura. “We seem to have the recipe for what a lot of people are looking for.”

Demand vs. inventory

Asheville Home BuyingThe migration of people to the area is reflected in recent inventory numbers, a measure of how many homes are on the market relative to demand. “Second-quarter market analysis points to record-low inventory and record-low days on market,” says Figura.

According to Figura, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to build houses now to keep up with demand, thanks to a couple of factors. “One is high construction costs and labor shortages, and the other is we’re pretty land-locked: We’ve got the mountains that surround us, and building subdivisions like a lot of other places do to expand the housing stock quickly is very challenging and nearly impossible to do in Asheville,” he says. “So while we are adding housing stock, we’re doing it more slowly than demand is keeping up.”

Vacation rental growth in the Asheville area

Another factor affecting supply is a lot of Asheville’s housing stock is turning into vacation rentals. “We’re one of the most popular places for AirBnB and VRBO, and a lot of our longer-term rentals are turning into short-term rentals, which is putting pressure on the rental market as well as the for-sale market as we lose some housing stock,” says Figura.

Putting all these factors together means Asheville’s market should remain desirable for quite awhile, according to Figura. “While I always counsel people that housing prices fluctuate and there are no guarantees, it seems like the fundamental indicators are pointing to Asheville as a very solid investment for residential real estate in the time to come” he says.

If you’re ready to buy in Asheville or Western N.C., please contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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Asheville Neighborhoods Close to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Asheville Neighborhoods Near Blue Ridge ParkwayBeing close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling many neighborhoods around Asheville home. Here are some areas where you can be assured amazing parkway proximity.  

Haw Creek

In this East Asheville neighborhood, road cyclists can leave from their front door and be on the Blue Ridge Parkway in a matter of minutes. Or if you’d rather drive, there’s quick access to such popular parkway spots as the hiking destination of Haw Creek Valley Overlook (milepost 380) and the Folk Art Center (milepost 382).

When you’re not on the parkway, Tunnel Road – running along Haw Creek’s southern border and replete with restaurants and retail stores – affords commercial conveniences few other Asheville neighborhoods can offer. And it’s only a few minutes from the Asheville Mall and downtown Asheville, with quick access into the heart of the city via Tunnel Road or I-240.

Beverly Hills 

This hidden residential gem in East Asheville is nestled adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway in one of Asheville’s most lush urban forests. With stately 80-year-old oak trees lining the East Asheville neighborhood’s historic municipal golf course, and quiet streets crisscrossing the fairways, Beverly Hills offers not only amazing access to the parkway, but a wonderfully walkable, bikeable, reasonably priced neighborhood with a real sense of community. Bordered roughly by Tunnel Road to the north and Swannanoa River Road to the south and east, the area boasts a perfect balance of natural and retail amenities, just minutes to downtown Asheville.

Town Mountain

Asheville Neighborhoods Near TrailsIf you’re looking for perfect proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway with unparalleled mountain and city views in Asheville, Town Mountain is the place to be. What sets Town Mountain apart is the fact that it truly feels luxuriously remote, while at the same time being mere minutes from both the parkway and Asheville’s twinkling city center. 

The central neighborhood clusters along its main artery of Town Mountain Road, a meandering route of hairpin turns and switchbacks that winds up Beaucatcher Mountain from downtown toward the parkway. Dotting the hills are remarkable homes in a wide variety of styles – from gated communities to mountain estates to luxury condos – perched perfectly to maximize mountain enjoyment. 

Bent Creek

The neighborhood of Bent Creek is one of the most optimally positioned communities for parkway fans and outdoor adventurists alike. In addition to having quick access to the parkway, Bent Creek residents also have in their backyard the North Carolina Arboretum and the nationally renowned Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Add to that the fact that residents can be at a plethora of commercial amenities in mere minutes, and you’ve got the perfect spot to set up in Asheville.

Biltmore Forest

Just 10 minutes south of downtown Asheville, amid the lush backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, sits the town of Biltmore Forest. Residents and visitors alike are drawn to Biltmore Forest for its close proximity to the parkway as well as exhilarating outdoor activities, popular tourist attractions, and residential neighborhoods teeming with majestic mansions, historic rambling ranches and gated communities. 

With the Blue Ridge Parkway slicing the southern end, Hendersonville Road bordering the east, downtown Asheville and I-40 to the north, and the Biltmore Estate running along the western border, Biltmore Forest is perfectly positioned for optimal living and playing. The town of Biltmore Forest provides a full range of services including police, public works, water, zoning and sanitation. 

For more information on homes close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, or anywhere in Asheville and Western N.C., please contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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What Asheville-Area Home Buyers Are Looking for in 2021

Walkable Areas Asheville Real EstateIf you’re seeking to sell your Asheville property, there are a number of things you can do to draw buyer interest, either by highlighting your home’s existing, desirable qualities, or by making key improvements based on market trends. Mosaic’s agents know what buyers are looking for in 2021, and have the knowledge and experience to position your property in the best way possible, boosting appeal and creating a standout listing. Here are some of their top tips:

Highlight your home’s desirability

Is your property close to a park or greenway? Does it offer walkable proximity to restaurants and cafes? Are hiking and other outdoor adventures just a short drive away? These are the things buyers in 2021 are looking for, especially in the Asheville area. With a huge majority of primary-home buyers moving to Asheville from out of state, it’s important to highlight these attractive characteristics specific to the city.

Mosaic agents are also seeing a growing number of second-home buyers, with many seeking either homes boasting big mountain views with lots of privacy, or ease-of-living condos in the heart of Asheville’s cuisine and cultural hubs. Playing up these features will place your property in prime focus.

Add to or reconfigure your home

With a shift toward more time spent at home, whether for work or play, certain improvements can translate into big draws for buyers, according to Mosaic’s agents. Because so many are moving here drawn by the lifestyle Asheville offers, creating an attractive listing based on those trends is key.

Asheville Area Real Estate Outdoor RoomsWith a continued focus on outdoor, at-home gatherings, having hospitable open-air spots is a boon to any Asheville property. Screen in a porch to create a three-season “room,” allowing for more space for entertaining. Or add a welcoming backyard patio with a fire pit or built-in bar and grill.

Because more and more relocating buyers are bringing their work with them, a home office is an attractive feature. Even if your property doesn’t have an official office, it’s easy enough to re-think an extra bedroom, tucked-away nook, or even a corner of the living room as a spot to set up an attractive workspace. With the telecommuting trend taking hold, high-speed Internet is imperative.

If you’ve got the space and a bigger budget, certain additions are sure to bring in buyers. Mosaic agents are seeing an uptick in clients seeking garages. While certain established Asheville neighborhoods, especially in more densely populated sections, don’t typically have garages, builders are finding creative ways to incorporate them to meet the growing demand.

Another desirable feature for many Mosaic clients is homestay potential or other revenue-generating space – think accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or separate long-term living quarters. Make sure to check with local ordinances before adding such a feature, as there are different rules governing such spaces based on downtown, city and county addresses. 

For more information on how Mosaic’s agents can position your Asheville home to take advantage of current market trends, please contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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The Asheville Area Abounds With Kid-Centric Adventures

Asheville Area Kid AdventuresThe Asheville area is brimming with exciting activities to keep kids happily engaged. From kid-centric museums to factory tours to adventure courses, there’s an array of experiences aimed at the young – and the young at heart. Following are a few to check out:

Asheville Museum of ScienceThis museum, in the heart of downtown Asheville, features the Colburn Hall of Minerals, STEM lab, dinosaur skeleton and fossil displays, Southern Appalachian Forest tree climb, and other exhibits supporting experiential science learning, discovery and exploration.

Asheville Art Museum – Every Friday, this downtown Asheville museum’s Art PLAYce space features kid-focused events in a sensory-rich environment, inviting exploration of art via fun activities as well as unique interactives created by regional artists.

Hands On! Children’s Museum – This colorful children’s museum in downtown Hendersonville is famed for creative hands-on exhibits, as well as events, programs and classes.

Adventure Center of Asheville– This in-town center has it all for the outdoor adventurer in your kid. KidZip is a unique zipline course designed for kids 4-10 featuring nine ziplines and four climbing elements. Its Treetops Adventure Park is an aerial challenge course with 77 unique climbing, rolling, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges specific to different ages (4 and up) and experience levels. Kolo Bike Park offers 4 miles of purpose-built mountain bike trails, two pump tracks for beginner and experienced riders, and even a Littleville bike playground for the youngest shredders.

Pinball and arcades – Rainy days don’t have to drown out the fun: Downtown’s Asheville Pinball Museum offers 75 pinball and classic video games to play for a flat admission price. West Asheville’s Retrocade features video games, pinball, billiards, Skeeball and Foosball for flat-fee indoor fun (and both boast bars for the adults!).

Childrens Activities Asheville AreaClimbMax – This climbing gym has two in-town locations featuring varied indoor terrain, along with expert instruction and equipment. The downtown location, with numerous top rope and auto-belay features, is well-suited to younger climbers.

The N.C. ArboretumThese gardens offer plenty of opportunities to learn about nature in a fun, immersive environment. Among the activities are TRACK Trail, which explores the Natural Garden Trail through the eyes of Shelly, the Arboretum’s resident eastern box turtle; and Rocky Cove Railroad, which highlights the entry of trains into Western N.C. in the early 1900s via an intricately detailed garden-scale model railroad and trains.

Biltmore House and Grounds – Kid-centric activities abound at this famed destination. Offerings include: a kids’ audio guided tour of the house; a model train exhibit meandering through the gardens; guided bird walks and falconry experiences; horse-drawn carriage rides; kids’ lagoon fishing with instructor and equipment provided; and Antler Hill Village, featuring Pisgah Playground, the Farm with hens, goats, lambs and calves, and the Barn with blacksmith, broom-maker and woodworker demos.

Sweet factory tours – Visitors to the River Arts District’s French Broad Chocolate Factory can take a tour of the facility to learn about the journey of the cacao bean, from farm to factory; the Hop Ice Creamery in West Asheville offers three different tours highlighting the history of ice cream and the Hop.

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198 Alpine Ridge Drive in South Asheville Offers Convenience and Mountain Views

198 Alpine Ridge Drive AshevilleINFO

198 Alpine Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28803

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

1,385 Square Feet

MLS #3765271 

Explore 198 Alpine Ridge Drive, Asheville

Low-maintenance living awaits! Like-new, end-unit townhome in a super convenient south Asheville location. Welcoming living room with gas-log fireplace and laminate wood flooring. Open dining/kitchen has access to a back deck for grilling and enjoying the great outdoors. The nicely designed kitchen has granite countertops and a gas range. Off the kitchen there is a laundry room (washer & dryer do not convey) with storage and convenient half bath. On the upper level there are three light and bright bedrooms and two full baths. Spacious primary suite with adjoining bath and double closets. Attached main-level garage with storage. Gas tankless hot-water heater. Mills Creek is a Pet-friendly community with low HOA fees that cover Asheville 198 Alpine Ridge Drivelawn maintenance. View of green space across the street. Long-term rentals allowed (no rental cap). Amazing south Asheville shopping and dining are moments away, and downtown Asheville and the Asheville airport are only a 15-minute drive.

FEATURES • Like-new, end-unit townhome in a super-convenient south Asheville location • Small, pet-friendly community with low HOA fees • Well-designed floor plan with a great open layout • Living room with cozy, efficient gas log fireplace and laminate wood flooring • Dining area is open to kitchen and has access to a deck • Kitchen with granite countertops, a four-burner gas range, and great storage • Tile flooring in dining area and kitchen • Three light and bright bedrooms and two full bathrooms on the upper level • Spacious primary bedroom with ensuite bathroom and double closets • Primary bathroom features a large vanity • Main-level laundry room with storage • Convenient powder room off kitchen• Gas tankless hot water heater • Attached single-car garage with storage on the main level • Additional guest parking in the neighborhood • HOA fees cover lawn maintenance • No rental cap for long-term rentals • Amazing location with great south Asheville dining and shopping options • Short drive to downtown Asheville or the airport

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155 Lexington Avenue: A Paragon of Downtown Asheville Living

155 Lexington Avenue AshevilleINFO 155 South Lexington Avenue, #305B,

Asheville, NC 28801

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

1,163 Square Feet

MLS #3757895

 

FEATURES • Downtown Asheville condo, steps from the heart of the culinary and music scene • Desirable third-floor unit with west-facing balcony in Lexington Station — not directly above the ground-floor retail spaces, and not as subject to the heat as the fourth-floor units • Enjoy Asheville’s galleries, museums, popular South Slope breweries, and events all within an easy walk or bike ride • Secure entry opens to lobby and elevator access • Condo offers privacy and quiet — first right-side unit off lobby doors to the left hall; no condo unit on one side • Beautiful, light-filled condo offers a split-bedroom floor plan, eat-in kitchen, large windows, crown molding, and hardwood floors throughout • Entry flows to kitchen and living area • Spacious and bright, the living room Asheville NC 155 Lexington Avenuehas room for ample seating and a small dining nook • Glass door in living room opens to balcony • Updated kitchen has breakfast bar, granite counters, recessed lighting, glass tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances  • Private primary suite features a large walk-in closet and elegant bathroom with double-sink vanity, walk-in shower, and soaking tub • Second bedroom is spacious, with large windows and closets • Full guest bathroom has granite-top vanity and tub/shower • Convenient laundry closet with washer/dryer and room for storage • Start your morning with coffee — or end your evening with a cocktail — on the covered balcony • Balcony faces scenic, tree-lined Church Street (one-way traffic only) and has a pretty view of a rare downtown green space • Secure underground parking with elevator access to third floor

 

155 Lexington Avenue Downtown AshevilleUPDATES • Entire condo professionally painted (walls, ceilings, trim) with Benjamin Moore paint • Kitchen cabinets professionally refinished and painted; new kitchen faucet • Installed Pottery Barn curtain rods/rings in living room and both bedrooms; four-panel IKEA linen drapes at all three triple-hung windows in living room and both bedrooms • New pulls on all cabinetry in the kitchen and both bathrooms • New HVAC system installed by White and Williams 2016 • New deck railing installed 5/21 • New garbage disposal installed 6/21 • Subway backsplash tile professionally installed in kitchen • Upgrades in both bathrooms include new mirrors and new lights over them; new towel racks; and new toilets — all professionally installed • Primary bathroom also has the following professional upgrades: new glass shower surround; new shower head; electric wallmount towel warmer; wall storage cabinet above toilet • Guest bathroom has new shower rod • All plumbing throughout condo was professionally cleaned in August 2016 by Nesbit Plumbing • New recessed lights over breakfast bar; new ceiling fans in living room and both bedrooms, all with integrated lights and operated by light switch and/or fan remotes • Wood floors throughout have been professionally buffed and revarnished

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The Pinnacle of Mountain-Biking Adventures Awaits in Asheville

Asheville Area Mountain BikingAsheville and the surrounding area of Western North Carolina are renowned for mountain biking. Whether it’s a local spot to get a quick after-work ride in, or a nearby destination offering an all-day mountain-biking adventure, the Asheville area doesn’t disappoint. Here are a few favorites:

Richmond Hill Park

Located 3 miles from downtown Asheville, this park is popular with mountain bikers thanks to 5 miles of trails on both old road beds and built paths twisting along hilltops, through a disc golf course, and past creek bottoms. It’s a unique, easily accessible biking experience.

Bent Creek Experiential Forest

This popular expanse just 20 minutes from downtown Asheville boasts about 30 miles of mountain-biking trails. Nestled next to the North Carolina Arboretum near the Blue Ridge Parkway, Bent Creek offers a range of trails for all riding abilities, which makes it great for those just starting out. Expect everything from wide gravel roads to technical climbs to thrilling downhills.

DuPont State Forest

Located 50 minutes south of Asheville, this recreational forest offers more than 80 miles of trails, from easier roads to challenging single-tracks, with scenic views sprinkled throughout. Bikers (who share the trails with horse-riders and hikers) can climb to stunning rocky summits, breathtaking waterfalls, and even an old airstrip!

Asheville Area Mountain Biking KitsumaPisgah National Forest

This expansive forest encompasses more than half a million acres across Western North Carolina, and includes trails surrounding Asheville (Bent Creek is part of this network). Popular trailheads in Pisgah included Mill Ridge, Big Ivy, Heartbreak Ridge and Davidson River.

There are also opportunities to mountain-bike (for a fee) at groomed facilities and purpose-built trails both in-town and a short drive away. The in-town Kolo Bike Park (part of the Adventure Center of Asheville) has about 4 miles of purpose-built trails and rolling terrain suitable for all levels. Ride Kanuga (in Hendersonville) is a mountain bike trail center offering everything from beginner to advanced trails accessible by a climbing trail that branches into several descent options. The Biltmore Estate offers 20 miles of biking trails, access to which is included with ticket price. Or take a drive to Beech Mountain (80 miles northeast of Asheville), where during the summer months you can ride a chair lift up and mountain bike down.

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