Traditional gyms abound across the country, but Asheville and the surrounding areas are special for being home to a host of mountain-themed gyms and workout facilities – think climbing, white water, and mountain biking – which means you have plenty of opportunities to do something cool while getting your sweat on.
For over 29 years, Cultivate Climbing has provided climbers of all abilities access to indoor terrain and instruction. Cultivate offers everything from adult and youth programs to community events. Its indoor and outdoor climbing facilities feature bouldering, lead-climbing and top-rope for all skill levels. Day, youth and monthly passes are available, as well as extended membership options. Equipment rental is also available at this gym, located adjacent to the French Broad River on Amboy Road in West Asheville. https://cultivateclimbing.com
This multifaceted facility, located in Mills River, offers something for everyone. The Riveter Climbing Gym boasts over 16,000 square feet of climbing terrain, with a lead climbing cave, 14 autobelays, and 68 rope lanes. Its boulder area features 60 boulder routes. There’s also a dedicated kids climbing cove. Riveter Bike Park offers a variety of lines with features such as rollers, jumps and wall rides. There’s also a warm-up pump track for younger riders. Bikes, helmets and pads are available for onsite rental. In addition, there’s a Sweat Studio for yoga and strength classes, and a Fitness Studio with state-of-the-art equipment. Riveter offers everything from drop-in passes to punch cards to monthly memberships. https://www.riveternc.com/home
Ride Kanuga, located in Hendersonville, is a mountain bike trail center featuring beginner to advanced level downhill trails. The trails are accessed by a climbing trail to the top, with several descent options and about 500 feet of drop. Ride Kanuga has annual, monthly and daily passes, and a variety of e-bikes for rent. If you want to make a weekend of it, lodging, including historic cottages, inn rooms, primitive camping, and guest houses, is available within 1 mile of the park. Included in Kanuga accommodations is access to 20 miles of hiking trails and swimming, boating and fishing on a 30-acre lake, in season. https://ridekanuga.com
Kolo Bike Park
Adventure Center of Asheville’s Kolo Bike Park offers 4 miles of purpose-built mountain bike trails and rolling-terrain features, all in the heart of Asheville. The park, designed for all rider levels, boasts pump tracks, a skills park, and a dirt jump zone, featuring singletrack trails with dirt/wood berms, rollers, skinnies, bridges, small and big tables, and many other features. A range of pass options and bike, one-wheel, and safety gear rentals are available. http://ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/kolo-bike-park/
Woodfin’s Whitewater Wave, years in the making, is planned for a site adjacent to Riverside Park and the new Woodfin greenway. The Whitewater Wave will be a world-class river wave, created for a broad range of kayakers and surfers, from intermediate to advanced skill levels. It will be created from a carefully designed and engineered ledge, made from natural rock and concrete, to be installed in the riverbed. Still in the planning stages, the Whitewater Wave could see completion sometime in 2024.
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