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Buncombe Outdoors Hikes

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Come out of hibernation and shrug off old man winter with outdoor adventures. Welcome warm spring and summer days with Buncombe County Recreation Services with its Buncombe Outdoors series of entry level community hikes. These hikes will offer some beautiful scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway and breathtaking views of all Buncombe County mountains have to offer. The Buncombe Outdoor hikes are a continuing effort to offer first-time experiences for residents who are new to outdoors in conjunction with our initiative to make outdoor recreation accessible to all residents regardless of experience.

We picked hike locations with moderate difficulty so that everyone can get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Western North Carolina. Participants will be led by an experienced guide and the pace will be set by the participants. Participants don’t have to fear being left in the dust and the hikes are family friendly (but keep in mind that children will be hiking 2-3 miles over varied terrain).

The hikes are all Saturdays and all will begin at 10 am. Rattlesnake Lodge Trail on April 14, Snowball Trail on May 5, Sleepy Gap Trail on June 9, Bent Creek Trail on July 21, and the Wolf Branch Trail on August 25.


Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

Distance: 2.8 miles

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Trail Description: https://www.hikewnc.info/besthikes/blue-ridge-parkway-section-4/rattlesnake-lodge

Estimated Duration: 2 Hours

Meetup Location: North End of the Tanbark Ridge Tunnel, Milepost 374 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Hike Leader: Buncombe County Recreation Services, 828.250.4260, parks@buncombecounty.org


Snowball Trail

Distance: 6 miles out and back

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate, Hilly, Some Obstacles

Trail Description: https://www.hikewnc.info/trails/blue-ridge-parkway-section-4/snowball

Estimated Duration: 4.5 hours

Meetup Location: Beetree Gap, Blue Ridge Parkway

Hike Leader:Buncombe County Recreation Services, 828.250.4260, parks@buncombecounty.org


Sleepy Gap

Distance: 3.4 miles out and back

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Trail Description: https://www.hikewnc.info/trailheads/short-hikes-near-asheville/

Estimated Duration: 3 Hours

Meetup Location: Walnut Cove Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway

Hike Leader: Buncombe County Recreation Services, 828.250.4260, parks@buncombecounty.org


Bent Creek Trail (Shut-in Ridge and Glen Bald)

Distance: 3 miles out and back

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

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Estimated Duration: 2.5 hours

Meetup Location: Bent Creek River Park

Hike Leader: Buncombe County Recreation Services, 828.250.4260, parks@buncombecounty.org


Wolf Branch Trail (Shope Creek)

Distance: 1 mile

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate, Gentle Grade, Some Obstacles

Trail Description:https://www.hikewnc.info/trailheads/shope-creek/

Date Of Hike: August 25, 2018

Meetup Location: Shope Creek Trailhead Parking Area

Hike Leader:Buncombe County Recreation Services, 828.250.4260, parks@buncombecounty.org


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