Best Outdoor Adventures Asheville: A Guide to the Region's Greatest Hiking, Cycling, and Paddling

Best Outdoor Adventures Asheville: A Guide to the Region's Greatest Hiking, Cycling, and Paddling

by Johnny Molloy


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Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike, paddle, or bike ride? Best Outdoor Adventures Asheville details forty of the best hikes, paddles, and bike routes within an hour’s drive of the Land of the Sky (along with extra information on climbing and camping adventures), perfect for the urban dweller and suburbanite who may be hard-pressed to find great outdoor activities close to home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493048014
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 11/01/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,226,041
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Johnny Molloy is a writer and adventurer based in nearby Johnson City, Tennessee. His outdoor passion started on a backpacking trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park while attending the University of Tennessee. That first foray unleashed love of the outdoors that has led Molloy to spending most of his time hiking, backpacking, canoe camping and tent camping for the past three decades. Friends enjoyed his outdoor adventure stories; one even suggested he write a book. He pursued his friend’s idea and soon parlayed his love of the outdoors into an occupation. The results of his efforts are over 60 books. His writings include hiking guidebooks, camping guidebooks, paddling guidebooks, comprehensive guidebooks about a specific area and true outdoor adventure books throughout the eastern United States, including hiking guides to North Carolina’s National Forests, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Triad and the Triangle.

Molloy writes for varied magazines, websites, and is a columnist/feature writer for his local paper, the Johnson City Press. He continues writing and traveling extensively throughout the United States, endeavoring in a variety of outdoor pursuits. His non-outdoor interests include American history and University of Tennessee sports. For the latest on Johnny, please visit

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

How to Use This Guide xv

Map Legend xvii

Hiking Adventures 1

1 Big Fork Ridge Circuit 2

2 Mount Sterling Tower 8

3 Little Cataloochee Historic Hike 14

4 Max Patch Loop 20

5 Lovers Leap 26

6 Falls of Hickey Fork 32

7 Jerry Miller Loop 38

8 Art Loeb Trail Loop 45

9 Falls of Yellowstone Prong 51

10 Looking Glass Rock 57

11 John Rock Loop 63

12 Mount Pisgah 70

13 Avery Creek Falls and Twin Falls Loop 76

14 Bradley Creek Circuit 82

15 Waterfalls of DuPont Loop 88

16 Mount Mitchell State Park Loop 95

17 Crabtree Falls 102

18 Trails of Linville Falls 108

19 Linville Gorge Wilderness Hike 114

20 Lake James State Park Hike 120

Bicycling Adventures 127

21 French Broad River Greenway 128

22 Explorers Loop at Bent Creek 134

23 North Carolina Arboretum Ride 139

24 Point Lookout Trail 144

25 Wimba Loops at Lake James State Park 149

26 Tindo Loops at Lake James State Park 154

27 Oklawaha Greenway 159

28 DuPont State Forest Ride 165

29 Estatoe Trail and Greenway 171

30 Blue Ridge Parkway Ride 177

Paddling Adventures 185

31 French Broad River: Redmon Dam to Barnard 186

32 French Broad River: Westfeldt to Bent Creek 192

33 Lake Julian 199

34 Lakes James: Catawba River Arm 204

35 Lake James: Paddy's Creek Area 209

36 French Broad River: Pisgah Forest to Blantyre 215

37 French Broad River: Rosman to Island Ford 220

38 Lake Adger 226

39 Lake Oolenoy 232

40 Bear Creek Lake 238

Camping Adventures around Asheville 245

About the Author 254

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