Corporate Group Tours, and Larger Group Hiking Tours
*Note on Covid-compliance: guides practice safe social distance protocols on group tours, and transportation is not offered at this time. Guides are currently not riding in group tour vehicles or charter buses.
Looking for a fun, bonding experience for a large group (up to 48 guests) that shows off the beauty of western North Carolina? Look no more! We have multiple years of experience organizing professional and scenic tours. We can provide up to 3 guides to accommodate larger groups, and can stagger groups along the trail to keep the experience intimate.
Asheville Hiking Tours customizes tours of natural attractions outside of Asheville, including scenic areas of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Dupont State Forest. From waterfalls to wildlife, nature to adventure, we connect people with the natural world, creating an inspiring group experience. At Asheville Hiking Tours, we believe that the best way to experience the Appalachians is through inspirational excursions that engage guests with the natural world. Our guides weave together scenic hikes with stories on ecology and history, creating meaningful experiences in a beautiful landscape. We identify trees and wildflowers and discuss their valuable properties as used by the Cherokee and early settlers.
Tour Option 1: Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Tour
Guests experience the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway with stunning panoramic mountain views of Appalachia. We appreciate the ability to see across the entire state of North Carolina, from the Smokies in the west to the foothills in the east! We head towards the “Land of the Waterfalls” in Pisgah National Forest to visit 3+ waterfalls, including the must-see Looking Glass Falls and a natural waterfall slide, Sliding Rock. We visit at least one additional waterfall on a wooded hike that shows off older trees and trout streams. This area is abundant in waterfall hikes, so we choose trails based on the ability of the group and time constraints (generally either Moore Cove Falls or Daniel Ridge Falls, both easy and around 1.5 miles). We may also choose a moderate to advanced mountaintop hike, if guests prefer additional views. When a picnic lunch is included, there are multiple convenient picnic areas with vehicle and restroom access. This is a favorite tour, because you get the best views and most waterfalls with little highway driving! (Driving time for this activity, coming from downtown Asheville, approximately 12 minutes to Blue Ridge Parkway, and 1 hour of scenic driving along Parkway to waterfalls. Not suitable for buses. 15-passenger vans permitted. This area is subject to afternoon crowds, so we encourage a morning tour, or we adjust the route in the afternoon to visit alternate waterfalls besides Looking Glass and Moore Cove Falls.)
Tour Option 2: Folk Art Center and Blue Ridge Parkway Hike
On a drive along the historic Blue Ridge Parkway, we ascend the Craggy Mountains north of Asheville. On route, guests have the option to visit the cherished Folk Art Center, home to an arts and crafts museum and store full of ceramics, quilts and wooden pieces. We continue our journey to Craggy, where we capture long-range views that overlook the Smoky Mountains. On a 2-mile round-trip hike (rated easy to moderate), we discover the magical high elevation forests, full of blueberries in late August. The hike includes a scenic gazebo, a historic picnic shelter constructed by the CCC and finally a high elevation field with panoramic vistas. Guides share with the guests the history of the area, from the Cherokee and early settlers to more recent Blue Ridge Parkway construction. If a picnic lunch is included, guests use the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area which has access to the parking lot. This is a favorite tour, because you get the best views with the least overall driving time! This tour can also be shortened to 3.5 hours. (Driving time for this activity, coming from Asheville = approx. half hour each way)
Tour Option 3: Scenic Waterfall Hike at Dupont State Forest
Guests visit the southern edge of the “Land of the Waterfalls” on the well-maintained trails of DuPont State Forest. Experience a stunning 2-mile, downhill hike (rated easy). We view at least 2 gorgeous waterfalls, including High Falls, Triple Falls (and Hooker Falls, time-permitting). This area has some of the tallest and most impressive waterfalls in Appalachia. Guests appreciate the steep cascades broken up by periods when we walk alongside a meandering trout stream. If a picnic lunch is included, guests bring a backpack to carry lunch to a large covered picnic area, with a view overlooking High Falls (or staff bring lunches to the High Falls picnic area ahead of time). If guests can be patient during the drive, the trail pays off! (Driving time for this activity, coming from Asheville = approx. 1 hour 10 minutes of highway driving each way. This drive is subject to afternoon traffic issues, so we strongly encourage a morning tour.)
Additional tour details
- Tours generally conducted over 4-5 hours with extra time to greet and return with guests
- Includes permit fees and multiple insured, permitted and CPR-certified guides
- Recommended morning departure to avoid traffic on roads and trails
- 50% deposit charged to reserve the day of the tour
- 2 guides assigned to 16-28 guests; 3 guides assigned to 29-48 guests
Pricing (transportation not included)
31-48 guests: $39/person
21-30 guests: $49/person
16-20 guests: $59/person
15 and fewer guests: please see pricing under Private Tours