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Neighborhoods With Integrated Nature Trails Abound in Asheville Area

Asheville Area Trails NeighborhoodsSurrounded by the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, N.C., is famed for its easy connection to nature. For many neighborhoods in the region, that translates to integrated trail systems. Everything from HOA-maintained paved greenways to resident-created natural trails through forests can be found in neighborhoods throughout Western N.C. Here are just a handful of the many Asheville-area communities boasting integrated trail systems.  

Asheville Neighborhoods with Trails 

Ventana – This private, gated community in Asheville boasts scenic trails amid native hardwood and rhododendron forests, on 100 acres of mountainside with dramatic views of downtown Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

Beaucatcher Heights - Though this is an Asheville city neighborhood, it has a distinctly outdoors feel. You often see people cycling up to the top of the neighborhood, and also there are hiking trails accessible from the neighborhood.

Neighborhoods with Trails East of Asheville

Falcon Ridge – Located a few miles from downtown in the Haw Creek community of Asheville, Falcon Ridge incorporates a scenic community walking trail into its 42 acres of home sites, boasting expansive mountain views.

Sovereign Oaks – Just 7 miles from downtown Asheville in Buncombe County, this community offers residents a community trail system with direct access to the 25 miles of trails surrounding the Warren Wilson campus. 

Riceville Forest - Located in the Riceville community in East Asheville, this neighborhood backs up to the Appalachian Trail for easy access to abundant hiking. 

Buffalo Mountain - This East Asheville neighborhood is located close to Warren Wilson College trails and the Shope Creek Trail system.

High Hickory – Situated 10 miles from Asheville in Swannanoa, this sustainable neighborhood offers trails through acres of preserved natural space, boasting long-range views.

Asheville Neighborhoods with TrailsBlack Mountain Area Neighborhoods with Trails

The Settings of Black Mountain – This private gated community offers walking and hiking trails on conservation land overlooking the town of Black Mountain and the Seven Sisters mountain range.

Creston - This 1100 acre community near Black Mountain and Old Fort has a trail club and miles of community trails adjoining national forest with over 500 acres of community land protected by conservation easement. 

Neighborhoods with Trails West of Asheville

Bent Creek and Bent Creek Preserve – These Asheville neighborhoods incorporate parts of Bent Creek Experimental Forest’s extensive trail system into their communities. Bent Creek's watershed contains a collection of trails for all kinds of hikes, as well as nearly 30 miles of doubletrack and singletrack mountain-biking trails.

Biltmore Lake – Trails circling this Buncombe County neighborhood’s lake connect to adjoining communities and beyond (with designated campsites along the way), extending through Pisgah National Forest’s 500,000 protected acres all the way to the North Carolina Arboretum in Bent Creek.

Neighborhoods with Trails South of Asheville

Avery Park - This Arden neighborhood has a few trails that provide connectivity to their many amenities and to Pisgah National Forest Trails.

Sprout – Located between Asheville and Hendersonville in Henderson County, this low-impact, conservation-minded community offers homes amid hundreds of acres of preserved land with winding, well-maintained trails.

Hickory Nut Forest – This Henderson County community in Gerton – combining land conservation, green-built homes and organic gardening – offers miles of hiking trails through forests, along streams, past waterfalls and up to rocky cliffs with spectacular scenic vistas.

Western North Carolina Neighborhoods with TrailsFairview Neighborhoods with Trails

Southcliff – Situated in Fairview (Buncombe County), this gated mountain community on the south face of Cedar Cliff Mountain has 6 miles of hiking trails connecting its neighborhoods to parks.

Drovers Road Preserve - This 190 acre Fairview neighborhood has both hiking and equine trails and plentiful mountain streams and forests.

Brevard Area Neighborhoods with Trails

Connestee Falls - This extensive neighborhood, located on Highway 276 headed out of Brevard towards the South Carolina border, has over 20 miles of hiking trails in addition to mountain lakes, waterfalls and an abundance of amenities.   

Glen Cannon – This neighborhood in Pisgah Forest near Brevard (first established as a golf community) boasts a trail system throughout 14 acres of green space, some meandering along Camp Creek.  

Haywood County Neighborhood with Trails

Balsam Preserve – A private, 4,400-acre residential golf and equestrian community in Sylva (Jackson County), Balsam Preserve boasts more than 42 miles of groomed hiking, biking and horse trails – and employs three full-time naturalists to help manage resources and provide guided hikes on the preserve’s trail system.

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