Being close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the forests of Western North Carolina is a major advantage to calling many neighborhoods around the Asheville area home. Pisgah National Forest, a half-million-acre swath of forest land in Western North Carolina, and the Blue Ridge Parkway area are home to miles of hiking and biking trails, whitewater rivers, scenic waterfalls, and some of the highest mountain peaks in the eastern U.S. Here are some neighborhoods bordering the parkway and forests, where you can be assured amazing access right outside your door.
Bent Creek and Bent Creek Preserve
The community of Bent Creek is one of the most optimally positioned for enjoying Pisgah National Forest, thanks to the fact that in its backyard stands Bent Creek Experimental Forest, part of the Pisgah Ranger District. This part of Pisgah Forest contains a collection of hiking trails, as well as nearly 30 miles of doubletrack and singletrack mountain biking trails. Bent Creek Preserve is a newer community with trail access adjacent to the Experimental Forest.
Biltmore Forest and The Ramble
Just 10 minutes south of downtown Asheville, amid the lush backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, sits the communities of Biltmore Forest and The Ramble. With the Blue Ridge Parkway slicing the southern end, Biltmore Forest and The Ramble enthrall residents and visitors alike with their close proximity to exhilarating outdoor activities. The area boasts popular tourist attractions amid residential neighborhoods teeming with majestic mansions, historic rambling ranches and gated communities.
East Asheville is home to a number of popular neighborhoods, including Haw Creek, Sondley Estates and Beverly Hills, which are nestled next to the Blue Ridge Parkway in some of Asheville’s most lush urban forests. From these neighborhoods, you have direct access to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail or the parkway, either by foot or by bike. Or if you’d rather drive, you can quickly reach such popular parkway spots as the hiking destination of Haw Creek Valley Overlook (milepost 380) and the Folk Art Center (milepost 382).
If 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. 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. Farther up, where Town Mountain meets the parkway, neighborhoods such as Webb Cove are just steps from popular hikes like Craven Gap Trail.
Marshall is home to a range of Pisgah Forest adventures. A short 28-minute drive from Asheville, the neighborhoods in this idyllic town in Madison County boast easy access to trails along the French Broad River, as well as an ideal stretch of whitewater for an afternoon of rafting. The nearby Laurel River Trail is a pleasant 7-mile round trip that follows Big Laurel Creek in Pisgah.
For more information on homes close to the Blue Ridge Parkway or Pisgah Forest, 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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