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Asheville Real Estate Agents Share Their Favorite Summer Adventures in WNC

As the Asheville area settles into summer, unique adventures are heating up. Here are some favorite late-summer activities from Mosaic Realty’s Asheville-area real estate agents.

Catch an Asheville Tourists baseball game – Fun’s in full swing as Asheville’s minor league team continues to bring the baseball excitement to Lewis McCormick Field in Asheville’s South Slope. The season stretches through August, so there are plenty of opportunities to take in a game, with promotional evenings – think Dollar Dog, Thirsty Thursday, and firework nights – ramping up the fun factor.

Asheville City Soccer ClubCheer on the Asheville City Soccer Club – Mosaic Realty and its agents are big supporters of Asheville City Soccer Club, and with good reason. The men’s and women’s teams offer edge-of-your-seat action the whole family can enjoy. For Mosaic agents Craig Severance and Stacey Enos, summer and Asheville City Soccer go hand-in-hand. Says Enos says of the matches: “Bring out your drums and your team spirit, and cut your kids loose (with some cash in pocket!).” For Severance, there’s nothing better than “a local pint and the best fan base ever.”

Mountain Biking Bent CreekSwim, bike and hike nearby – Asheville offers quick and easy access to some of the best mountain biking, hiking and natural swimming options in the region. For a late-summer treat that’s close to home, Mosaic broker Stephanie Caldwell suggests hitting the mountain biking trails at Asheville’s Bent Creek Experimental Forest, hiking at Jones Mountain in Swannanoa, or taking a dip in Marshall’s Laurel Creek. Mosaic broker Travis Price says, “We like riding bikes in Bent Creek in the evening when there's less folks and swimming at the lake around dusk. It's so relaxing and serene mid-week at night.”

Tubing Adventures - Another favorite of Mosaic broker Craig Severance is going tubing on the Green River. There are a few outfitters to choose from, and this creek is way more flowing and fun than the French Broad. Craig says, "we typically rent tubes from an outfitter that are a little more beefy. Another fun tubing option is at Deep Creek where you walk up the side of the creek to put in near the top, then float back to the parking lot. If it hasn't rained in a while you do a lot of bootie scooting at Deep Creek, but it's still fun."

WNC Swimming HolesPick some wild blueberries – Head to the higher elevations outside of Asheville to get in on wild blueberry gathering. The sweet berries are primed for mountaintop picking around the first week of August. Popular blueberry-gathering spots along the Blue Ridge Parkway include Craggy Gardens, Black Balsam and Graveyard Fields.

Spend a day at Lake James – This popular lake destination an hour east of Asheville is where Mosaic’s Mike Figura finds fun and serenity. “Whether it’s paddleboarding or renting a boat, it’s easy to enjoy this beautiful lake with its gorgeous mountain views. There are two state parks on the lake, with excellent hiking and easy biking trails at Fonta Flora State Park.”

Lake James NC Real EstateRun the Asheville Half Marathon – This late-summer race – a favorite of Mosaic agent Laura Moye – draws runners from all over the region for a challenging yet exhilarating course, complete with steep climbs, flat stretches, and everything in between. This year, the race (which also includes a 5k and a 10k) is set for Aug. 24.

Paddleboard along the French Broad – There are many water activities to enjoy around Western North Carolina, but for a hands-on experience that immerses you in the surrounding summer beauty, try paddleboarding along the French Broad River. Whether in-town or in the more remote reaches of our region, there are plenty of outfitters that provide paddleboard rentals (or guided tours and lessons if you’d like) for a great way to soak up some late-summer fun.

Bikeable Asheville Area HomesPedal your way to art and coffee – A leisurely bike ride along Asheville’s greenways is an easy way to envelop yourself in nature while taking in the sights, but sprinkle in some art and treats and you’ve got a unique late-summer activity the whole family can enjoy. With the River Arts District’s Wilma Dykeman Greenway running adjacent to the scores of art galleries and studios dotting the neighborhood, it’s easy to incorporate a stop to see some truly breathtaking creations. Afterward, take a break for a bite and a beverage at one of the neighborhood’s locally owned coffee shops.  

Asheville Area Real Estate AgentsCheck out the new Catawba Falls hike - Mosaic broker Lacey Power says, "I hiked Catawba falls this weekend. It was a tough hike but it’s very well done. In my opinion the trick is to go early to beat the crowd."

Keep your cool at Splashville – Let your little ones make a big late-summer splash at Splashville, downtown Asheville’s popular interactive splash pad. The Pack Square destination, nestled amid the city’s picturesque art deco buildings, is the perfect spot for cooling off, whether you’re spending an afternoon in the park or simply making a pitstop in between seeing sights. 

For information about real estate in Asheville and Western N.C. near all these spots and more, please contact us at, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556. 

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