Weaverville-area attractions and activities range from the elegant to the exhilarating. What’s your pleasure - wet,wild river tubing, daylong hikes in the mountains, or a calm outing on a world-famous golf course? Winter and summer, spring and fall, fun adventures are always waiting for you in the Western North Carolina mountains surrounding Weaverville.
Hiking enthusiasts flock to the Appalachian Trail, and experienced hikers are equally dedicated to the Mountains to the Sea Trail that runs to the Carolina seacoast.
Family fun ranges from whitewater rafting in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the summer to skiing our downhill slopes in the winter. Take a leisurely drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visit the internationally renowned Biltmore Estate. Learn how pioneers lived at the Vance Birthplace, a state historic site nearly two centuries old. The nearby cultural centers of Asheville and Hot Springs offer entertainments ranging from Shakespeare in the Park to a renowned annual Bluegrass Festival. Whatever you prefer –antiquing or horseback riding, learning about traditional mountain crafts or contemporary painting at numerous art galleries, attending outstanding professional theater or mountain dance and music, or just creative loafing while taking in the fall colors – you’ll love your mountain vacation in Weaverville.
From skiing in winter to summertime kayaking and tubing, the WNC mountains offer outdoor recreation activities of every sort. Mountain sports enthusiasts will love Weaverville’s easy access to countless hiking trails including the Appalachian Trail, Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and numerous other loops and distance hikes ranging from beginner to expert level. Rock climbers will enjoy Shining Rock and other wilderness climbs, while mountain cyclists and horseback riders will find riding areas throughout the region. For those seeking less strenuous activities, there’s no shortage of fly-fishing streams, golf courses and communities, and bicycling opportunities. Outfitters and excursion specialists can prepare you and your family for the mountain vacation of your dreams.
And don’t forget to take advantage of the region’s cultural options. The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre at Mars Hill presents professional theatre all summer long, while the Brevard Music Center brings internationally acclaimed musicians to its stages. Museums and historical sites abound, and family-friendly activities range from Civil War reenactments to mountain clogging workshops.
Some of the most ancient river waters in the world flow down the slopes of the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Just a short drive from downtown Weaverville you can reach icy mountain streams filled with mountain trout, smallmouth bass, and other game and food fish. Take a professionally guided fly-fishing tour to the right spot for your experience level, or enter the Olympiad Fly-Fishing Masters every spring.
Upper Madison County is an especially rich area for mountain trout streams, but a guide is almost a must - its a densely forested area to be wandering about alone.
If you need help with your casting, spend an afternoon with a guide and trainer and learn tips to tying great fishing flies, laying down your line, and all the other secrets of great mountain fly-fishing. Those who prefer non-piscatory water sports will enjoy family fun adventures such as tubing, whitewater rafting, kayaking mountain streams, and waterskiing WNC’s spectacular high country lakes.
Golfing in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains will be one of the unforgettable treats of your Weaverville area vacation. Some of the most spectacular Western North Carolina golf courses range across the surrounding mountain peaks and valleys and offer exciting tee-offs overlooking lush mountain scenery; others are nestled in gentle valleys, surrounded by gentle rolling hills.
Become a day member of any of many exclusive golf communities in the region or take in the friendly ambience of the renowned Municipal Golf Course in nearby Asheville. You can even enjoy a temporary guest membership at some clubs, so at the end of your golf outing you’ll enjoy relaxing at the 19th hole with new friends.
The nearby Reems Creek Golf Club, less than four miles from downtown Weaverville, is considered one of the finest in WNC. The course is rated four stars by Golf Digest - it was designed by the Oxford, England firm Hawtree and Sons. The stunning mountain views alone in Reems Creek Valley are worth a round on this course.
While vacationing in Weaverville, you will find no shortage of businesses and services for health and fitness. You’ll find fitness clubs, health foods, massage, spas, herbal remedies, and of course plenty of opportunities for healthy exercise right in the town of Weaverville. Additional services such as acupuncture, meditation and yoga, Chinese medicine, and all forms of the healing arts are close by.
Mountain sports enthusiasts will love Weaverville’s easy access to the countless hiking trails throughout the Blue Ridge, Black, and Great Smoky Mountains. Take a short drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi, and the beautiful Craggy Gardens, a historic mountain-top meadow covered with rhododendrons and mountain laurel. Trails rated from easy walks to strenuous all-day hikes abound: Graveyard Fields, the Appalachian Trail, Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and numerous other loops and distance hikes will bring out your inner hiker.
Graveyard Fields Trail
Hike the scenic – and “easy” rated – Graveyard Fields Trail and enjoy the streams and waterfalls, and abundant wild blueberries in the fall. Accessible by the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 418.8. Distance: 3.2 miles. Attractions and Considerations: This is a popular family hike because of its beauty and ease. A map at the parking area shows the Graveyard Fields trail system.
Enjoy guided llama trekking through the Great Smoky Mountains without carrying a backpack! Let a gentle and well-trained Llama Trekking Team do all the work as you enjoy a safe, authentic and rewarding wilderness hiking experience.
Mountain Biking & Road Biking
The winding Blue Ridge Parkway, the Tsali Trail, and the many NC Scenic Byways offer cyclists countless opportunities for casual family bicycle outings or strenuous mountain biking.
North Carolina has an abundance of amazing rock climbing areas and draws climbers from beginners to experts to its rock faces year round. A scenic drive to the Great Smoky Mountains and Pisgah National Forest will bring you to routes for all levels at the Looking Glass, Cedar Rock, and Whitesides climbing areas.
For generations fine artists in every medium have chosen to live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Here you’ll find galleries that show and sell paintings, pottery, ceramics, art glass, sculpture, and textile arts created by talented masters inspired by the beauty and drama of the mountains and their people.
A stroll along Weaverville’s Main Street will take you to several galleries showing locally designed artworks and craft masterpieces. And artists abound in the close-in region with a welcoming standing invitation to come, visit and observe their handiwork and craftsmanship.
The Asheville Art Museum’s permanent collections range from 19th-century classic art to the most contemporary exhibits. The Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum traces the wide range of precious and semi-precious gemstones and valuable minerals that helped develop the early WNC economy.
On the drawing board is the Moogseum, an interactive site dedicated to the late electronic music giant Robert Moog and his still-thriving Asheville business, Moog Instruments. The River Arts District nestled along the banks of the French Broad includes scores of sculptors’, painters’, and potters’ galleries, many of them open to visitors.
Music in the Mountains means many things to Western North Carolina residents and visitors.
In Weaverville enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, fine food and drink at Blue Mountain Pizza right in the center of town on Main Street. Live music of all types and "open mic" nights will bring a smile and a laugh or two - its a bright highlight in Weaverville's hot spots!
Further afield it is the classical performances of the Asheville Symphony, Asheville Lyric Opera, and Brevard Music Center, and it is the 80-year-young Mountain Dance & Music Festival honoring renowned native Bascom Lamar Lunsford and celebrating bluegrass and other traditional formats.
The LEAF Festival brings together everything from flutists to performance poets, and the Keowee Chamber Concerts and Asheville Chamber Music Society offer classical and contemporary music for small ensembles. Those who enjoy a traditional jam session will want to drop by Mrs. Hyatt’s house any Thursday evening to hear some of the region’s most accomplished fiddlers play with guitarists, bassists, and toe-tapping dulcimer artists.
Dine at the Fiddlin’ Pig while a gospel quartet plays, or enjoy Caribbean and African American specialties during the Goombay Festival each August.
Your playcation in the WNC Blue Ridge at Weaverville can include every sort of family-fun excursions or mountain adventures for adults and children alike. Area outfitters can guide you in your quest for challenging rock-climbing, hiking, mountain biking tours, camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, whitewater excursions, and every other adventure travel. Take a llama trek or raft the rapids, well-equipped by professional adventure guides.
When you choose charming Weaverville for your Blue Ridge Mountain vacation, you’ll find dozens of family-friendly attractions easily accessible in every direction.
History buffs can visit such sites as the Vance Birthplace, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, and Asheville’s storied Riverside Cemetery and Smith-McDowell House. Watch – or even participate in – a Civil War battle reenactment, and take a bus ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway’s historic Cades Cove to watch elk and black bears in their natural habitat.
Craftspeople and artists will invite you into their studios to watch them blow glass, weave baskets, shape wrought iron, paint, and sculpt, or you might prefer to follow the Handmade in America guidebook leading you to private studios throughout the region. Ride the electric trolley to learn about Asheville’s architectural gems, including two of the most magnificent domed structures in the South, Rafael Gustavino’s Basilica of St. Lawrence (Catholic) and Douglas Ellington’s First Baptist Church.
The adventurous can choose walking tours, scenic bike tours, river rafting excursions and dozens of other activities for your family’s Weaverville playcation, and the culturally inclined will want to take in an evening of free Shakespeare in the Park with Montford Park Players or attend a mountain dance and music festival. Satisfy the naturalist in you with visits to the North Carolina Arboretum at Bent Creek and the Botanical Gardens at UNC-Asheville.
Western North Carolina is blessed with two grand mountain ranges, the Blue Ridge and the Great Smokies. Both have spectacular sub-alpine ski runs, with slopes designed for experts and for novices. Whatever your level of skill or expertise, there are winter sports opportunities your family will love during your Weaverville winter visit.
Easily accessible nearby ski resorts include family-friendly resorts for skiing as well as snowboarding, snow-tubing, and even snowshoeing the mountain trails!
Within a short drive from Weaverville, NC, are numerous year-round and seasonal live entertainment options. Live theater, music, dance, have given Asheville the nickname of the Paris of the South, and the influence of the arts reaches deep into the WNC mountains all around. From formal theater spaces to exhibition halls, from alternative dance spaces to intimate West Asheville pubs, you’ll find the entertainment option that’s perfect for your Weaverville experience.
Asheville Community Theatre will celebrate its 65th anniversary season in 2010, and Montford Park Players has been offering free Shakespeare since 1975. The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre has presented a summer repertory season in Mars Hill, a few minutes to the north, for almost 35 years, and Haywood Arts Repertory Theatre (HART) in nearby Waynesville is thriving during its second decade.
Other acclaimed companies include Asheville Lyric Opera, the NC Stage Company, and the Brevard Music Center, and the outdoor drama Unto These Hills has played to enthusiastic audiences near Cherokee for more than half a century. Club venues range from Blue Mountain Pizza on Main Street with live local music to the Orange Peel Social & Pleasure Club in downtown Asheville, while a variety of exciting performances are on the schedule at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (Asheville Civic Center), the warm and inviting Diana Wortham Theatre (Pack Place, Asheville), and the unique YMI Cultural Center, America’s oldest African American community center.