Consider the great places to explore on foot. The Alps. Venice. Perhaps the rhododendron-shaded trails of Southern Appalachia should be added to your list? Indeed, few besides the locals have heard of Pinnacle Mountain or Carrick Creek Falls, and few "outsiders" can imagine the great hikes that await here. We won't tell if you won't.
1 Journey to Paris Mountain State Park, developed during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps and now on the National Register of Historic Places Meander along a creek through mixed pine and hardwood forests up to Mountain Lake and its historic dam Savor the beautiful surroundings and elegant atmosphere of the Mediterranean-style Hotel Domestique.
2 What's your pleasure—a lovely creekside loop through an oak, hickory and hemlock forest to Carrick Creek Falls? Or a challenging climb up to Table Rock Mountain for stunning views of forests and the Blue Ridge Mountains? Perhaps you'll choose to hike both.
3 Today's walk through pine and hemlock woodland in DuPont Forest is all about waterfalls —four postcard-perfect cascades that range from 8 to 120 feet Later in the day, catch your breath at the sight of French-inspired Biltmore Estate, which still reigns as America's largest privately owned residence, and one of the world's most opulent properties Asheville welcomes you with an appealing blend of Jazz Age sophistication and bohemian eccentricities.
4-5 Soak up the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with stretch-forever vistas of valleys, mountains, woodland, waterfalls and historic sites Hike amid luxuriant rhododendron and rocky granite crags to some of the most stunning panoramic views Treat yourself to a tasting at Antler Hill Village and Winery Join a private tour of the Biltmore Estate before gathering for a farewell lunch.