BREWS & VIEWS

Appalachian Brews & Views

Highlights

  • The best hikes and breweries in North Carolina
  • Ecologically diverse forests, streams, and ecosystems
  • Mountain summits with BIG views
  • Amazing waterfalls
  • Incredible Appalachian views
  • Accommodations in the popular mountain town of Asheville
  • A variety of breweries throughout the region


Description

Our 4-Day Appalachian “Brews & Views” Adventure combines the best hiking and craft brewery hotspots of North Carolina into one relatively short, purely Appalachian outdoor vacation. You'll challenge yourself and experience some of the best hikes, diverse forests, waterfalls, towns, and breweries the Appalachian region has to offer. We've meticulously hand-picked the lodging, hikes, and breweries to make your week as unique and memorable as possible! This tour includes 3 nights of premier lodging, all local transportation (including designated driver shuttles after visiting breweries), sensational hikes, trail snacks, all meals, and 1 pint or flight of beer at each brewery.
Each day we set out on challenging and fulfilling hikes through the historic and towering Blue Ridge Mountains. Each evening we'll take you to a hand-picked brewery where you can enjoy a selection of craft beers and exceptional Appalachian cuisine.
Give us a call today at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) to request more information or book a spot on this trip!
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests


 

Photos of Blue Ridge Mountains

Trip Itinerary


Day 1

Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Accommodations: Hyatt Place Hotel (or similar equivalent in Asheville, N.C.)


This hiking tour begins with rendezvous at our hotel in Asheville (the Hyatt Place) at 3 P.M., where once our whole group has arrived we head to the Sierra Nevada Brewing compound. We will enjoy a tour of the brewery and sit down to sample their fabulous, award winning brews and enjoy dinner. Over beers and dinner we will talk about the next 3 days, answer questions, cover safety information, and review the itinerary. After our fun-filled first evening we will head back to Asheville for a good night's sleep in preparation for our first hike.


Day 2

Shuttle to Trailhead: appx ~2 hours
Hiking Mileage: ~8.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: ~2,000 feet
Brewery: Highland Brewing Company
Acccommodations: Hyatt Place Hotel (or similar equivalent in Asheville, N.C.)


Our 2nd day will start with a hearty breakfast and scenic drive from Asheville, NC to the amazing views and waterfalls near Linville Gorge in the Pisgah National Forest. Our first stop will be at the Linville Falls Visitor Center, where we will start a 1.6 mile round trip hike to 3 different viewpoints of this outstanding waterfall.

After returning to our vehicle we will again shuttle through the amazing Blue Ridge Mountains to our next hike, a challening one up Table Rock Mountain for huge, sweeping views of the spectacular Linville Gorge. After a tasty picnic lunch on the summit, we descend to the river far below and enjoy dipping our feet and possibly more in its cool mountain waters.

After refreshing ourselves in the river we’ll head to Highland Brewing Company on our way home. Here we will visit one of the region's original breweries started in 1994. Highland has long been thought of as a pioneer in the Asheville craft beer movement. Their flagship beer – Gaelic Ale – is a staple of the Asheville beer scene and a must-try! After enjoying some brews we’ll head back to Asheville to our lodging to clean up. Dinner tonight is in one of downtown Asheville’s wonderful restaurants.


Day 3

Shuttle to Trailhead: ~1 hour
Hiking Mileage: 6.4 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: ~1,650 feet
Brewery: varies
Accommodations: Hyatt Place Hotel (or similar equivalent in Asheville, N.C.)


After breakfast, today's objective is the summit of one of the most iconic landmarks in the region: Looking Glass Rock. Looking Glass is also one of the most fantastic hikes in the Pisgah National Forest. The hike is a fun, challenging one that rewards our efforts with stunning views. We'll enjoy an amazing picnic lunch prepared by your guide on the summit. 

After lunch we’ll descend back to our vehicle and head to the spectacular roadside waterfall, Looking Glass Falls, to shoot pictures and dip our feet. After the waterfall we drive home by way of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the way we will stop at some roadside areas for even more sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.

After showering up, our evening will be filled with walking to some of downtown Asheville’s best breweries and checking out some of the unique cuisine from our local food trucks. After we eat you are welcome to explore the downtown area as long as you would like, just remember our best and longest hike starts tomorrow morning!


Day 4

Shuttle to Trailhead: 1 hour
Hiking Mileage: 10 miles miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,300 feet
Shuttle to Asheville: 1 hour


To start the last day of our Appalachian “Brews & Views” Adventure we’ll again enjoy a fantastic Appalachian breakfast, then head to today's trailhead just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We then begin our hike to the summit of one of the most unique geological features in the region, Shining Rock. The hike to the summit starts out along the Art Loeb Trail and takes us over multiple mountain summits and saddles. After reaching the summit our efforts are rewarded by huge, sweeping views and a picnic lunch prepared by your guide along the anomalous, white quartzite cliff bands that cap Shining Rock. This is a truly remarkable area. 

After enjoying our lunch-with-a-view, we’ll descend back to our vehicle by way of the Ivestor Gap Trail for some different views and a bit easier hiking. Our short journey home back to Asheville brings us to the end of our memorable 4 days of outstanding brews and views.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 3 nights of lodging in Asheville, NC
  • Breakfasts and picnic lunches prepared by your guide, and trail snacks
  • 3 dinners and 1 pint/flight at 3 breweries (days 1, 2, 3)
  • Brewery tours where/when available
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Appalachian hiking guide
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour originating and concluding in Asheville, NC (including designated driver shuttles after breweries)
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Alcoholic beverages after 1 pint or flight on days 1, 2 and 3
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This tour features a combination of restaurant/lodge breakfasts and dinners, and picnic lunches prepared by your guide.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee. Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent, lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group at the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Asheville at 3:00 PM the first day of the tour. The first night's lodging is included in this tour.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

This tour rendezvouses at 3 PM on Day 1 at the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Asheville. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on Blue Ridge Mountains hiking tours is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum group size of 9 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • All guests must be 21 years old or older to join this tour


Weather in the Appalachian Mountains

The weather in the Appalachian Mountains varies greatly by time of year. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in for low elevations in the Appalachian Mountains:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
Low Elev
High Elev
 
 
hi
low
hi
low
 
 
January
51°
28°
35°
19°
 
 
February
54°
29°
35°
18°
 
 
March
61°
34°
39°
24°
 
 
April
71°
42°
49°
34°
 
 
May
79°
50°
57°
43°
 
 
June
86°
58°
63°
49°
 
 
July
88°
59°
65°
53°
 
 
August
87°
60°
64°
52°
 
 
September
83°
55°
60°
47°
 
 
October
73°
43°
53°
38°
 
 
November
61°
33°
42°
28°
 
 
December
52°
28°
37°
21°