• The Bilmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
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  • Blue Ridge Mountains Walking & Hiking Tour

Blue Ridge Mountains Walking & Hiking Tour

The Carolinas from Asheville to Greenville

  • Stroll the expansive grounds of opulent Biltmore Estate and luxuriate at the estate's elegant inn
  • Explore the breathtakingly beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, with spectacular waterfalls and endless vistas
  • Travel amid the pristine beauty of deep gorges, granite rock domes and peaceful woodland
  • Discover enchanting hiking trails along creeks and through forests that few "outsiders" know about
  • Booking 2017? Please note that the itinerary differs. See the Detailed Itinerary or call us at 800-462-2848.

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. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Asheville welcomes you with an appealing blend of Jazz Age sophistication and bohemian eccentricity | Meander through the North Carolina Arboretum, which boasts an extraordinary native plant collection | 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 | Take a private tour of the luxurious family home of George and Edith Vanderbilt.

Day 2 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 stunning panoramic views | Treat yourself to a tasting at Antler Hill Village and Winery.

Days 3-4 Our walk through pine and hemlock woodland in DuPont Forest is all about waterfalls—four postcard-perfect cascades that range from 8 to 120 feet | Tackle a challenging climb up to Table Rock Mountain for stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains or choose a lovely creekside loop through an oak, hickory and hemlock forest to Carrick Creek Falls | Savor the beautiful surroundings and calming atmosphere of the Mediterranean-style Hotel Domestique.

Day 5 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.

Even the best photographer could not capture the amazing experience of this trip! Each hike had its own personality and challenges. Each lodging was exquisite in its own way. A wonderful trip all around!
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Asheville, North Carolina/Greenville, South Carolina

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All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners included


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Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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Inn on Biltmore Estate

Inn on Biltmore Estate

Asheville (2 nights)

Savor turn-of-the-century elegance and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at this gracious inn, nestled on Biltmore's majestic estate. (pool, spa)

Hotel Domestique

Hotel Domestique

Travelers Rest (2 nights)

Set amid the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, this stylish boutique hotel is the brainchild of 17-time Tour de France competitor George Hincapie and his brother Rich. (pool)

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Even the best photographer could not capture the amazing experience of this trip! Each hike had its own personality and challenges. Each lodging was exquisite in its own way. A wonderful trip all around!

 
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Perfect June trip!

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from Ohio

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Truly got what I wanted out of this trip: lots of walking, more luxury in which I usually partake. Friendly, most accommodating guides. Loved the Biltmore days, the meals, all of it!

 
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Awesome organized very well, exceptional staff and accommodations and food!
As a first timer I was a little anxious initially however the staff made it all wonderful.
Go enjoy you will not regret it!!

 
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Very good balance of types of hikes throughout the 5 days. Nice to have options. Excellent accommodations. Extraordinarily well-organized from snacks to daily agendas; exceptional attention to detail.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 5 700 7 900
2 6 1300 8 1900 10 2700
3 6 600 8 900 11 1300
4 5 700 6 1100 9 1600
5 4 100
Biltmore House Guided Tour (1.5 Hours)
 

Note: The terrain on this trip ranges from level walks to rocky and uneven forested trails and mountain paths.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in North and South Carolina

Walk Trails Worthy of a Country Tune

We get you to the very best hiking and walking routes in this beautiful stretch of the Appalachians – thanks to a Trip Expert who's a North Carolina native and has been hiking in the mountains her whole life. We also know where the perfect trail should lead: Backroads is the only active travel company to stay at the acclaimed Hotel Domestique, where you can soak in the pool while taking in gorgeous views of nearby vineyards and the Blue Ridge peaks beyond.

The Best Leaders in North and South Carolina

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in North and South Carolina, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our North and South Carolina trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings North and South Carolina has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

More Leaders to Support You

On our North and South Carolina trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in North and South Carolina live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in North and South Carolina that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $2,898 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,198 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $2,898 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,398 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ

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