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Blue Ridge in a Day Day Hike Tour
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Blue Ridge in a Day Hiking Tour
Blue Ridge in a Day Day Tour
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Blue Ridge in a Day Tour

Highlights

  •   Stunning Appalachian waterfall
  •   Two iconic Blue Ridge summits
  •   Viewpoints & history on full tour
  •   Amazing natural and cultural history
  •   Top-shelf backpack & trekking poles
  •   Tasty trail snacks & picnic lunch

Description

The Blue Ridge Parkway is justifiably famous for it’s winding roads, scenic Appalachian scenery, amazing views, waterfalls, and deep forests. On this day trip we explore over 40 miles of scenic views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, summit 2 different 6000’ peaks in a 5 mile loop hike, enjoy other views off the Parkway in multiple spots, and enjoy an amazing waterfall, Looking Glass Falls, all in one unforgettable day!

We start our day by driving to the Parkway through the entrance to the Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, North Carolina. We’ll stop at the visitor center and a breathtaking roadside waterfall, Looking Glass Falls. Once we reach the Parkway it is a short drive to our first hike, which is a loop hike allowing for new scenery throughout. Our first views come early after only 1 mile as we reach the summit of Black Balsam Knob (6,214’). We'll soak up the endless view of ridges and valleys that the Appalachian Mountains are known for. Our next summit is on Tennent Mountain (6056’), where more massive views await. Our hike brings us in and out of Balsam Fir groves and along grassy meadows full of blueberry and blackberry bushes. Our turn around spot is on the edge of the amazing Shining Rock Wilderness at Ivestor Gap. Here we’ll enjoy a rest and a nutritious lunch prepared by your guide, before heading back along another route to our vehicles.

We'll top off our day with stops at several amazing viewpoints and shorter hikes along the Parkway. We’ll even check out the highest elevation in the entire Pisgah National Forest at Richland Balsam (6,410’). We’ll eventually head back toward Asheville along an extremely scenic 40-mile stretch of the Parkway - what a day it's been!

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

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Private Day Hike Tour
Difficulty:
Solitude:
Asheville, NC
April-December
8-10 hours
7mi / 11.3km
1100 ft gain/loss
$145-$245

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Day Hike Rates

Private Day Hike Rates:

  • 1 person: $495
  • 2 people: $245 per person
  • 3 people: $215 per person
  • 4-5 people: $175 per person
  • 6-7 people: $145 per person
  • 10 and younger: $105 per person
Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include guide gratuity


How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Day hike reservations are made through our Adventure Consultant team. You can click here 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 make your payment.

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


Trip Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour (pickup and drop off in Asheville, NC)
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you'd like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you'd prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

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.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

We will pick you up at your hotel in Asheville, NC. Your guide will be in contact approximately 7 days prior to your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous. This is a 3/4 day tour - the pickup time will be between 6 and 8 AM, and ending times can vary but are often between 4-6 PM.


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.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 6 guests and 1 guide. 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:
  • 12 and older to join daily departures (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval determined on a case by case basis


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°
 

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