If you’re looking for a hike near Asheville, look no further than in Madison County! Madison County is home the Appalachian Trail and has hundreds of miles of trails both on the AT and in the Pisgah National Forest for hikers to enjoy. Below are some of our favorites that accommodate all fitness levels and distances.

Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

1.7 miles – Easy

Max Patch is a popular and iconic stop on the Appalachian Trail that provides stunning 360 degree views west of Spring Creek. Find out more

1.7 miles – Moderate

Lover’s Leap is a short and popular hike in the Pisgah National Forest that offers breathtaking views of Hot Springs and the French Broad River. Find out more

3.3 miles – Moderate

North of Mars Hill, Sam’s Gap to High Rock is a hilly and shady hike that boasts a dramatic view at the perch along the Appalachian Trail. Find out more

5 miles – Moderate

This low-trafficked, 5 mile out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail has spectacular 360 degree views of the mountains atop a restored firetower near Hot Springs. Find out more

4.5 miles – Hard

North of Marshall, the hike at Big Firescald Knob is a beautiful  and challenging hike that showcases stunning 360 degree views of the Appalachian Mountains and long range views of Tennessee. Find out more

13 miles – Hard

Just north of Mars Hill, Sam’s Gap to Big Bald is a strenuous 13 mile out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail with amazing 360 degree views at the summit. Find out more

Other Favorite Hikes

1.1 miles – Easy

The Betty Place Trailhead is located northwest of Bluff and is a tranquil and quiet hike that takes hikers through rich cove forests and passes tumbling creeks. Find out more

1.6 miles – Easy

In western Madison County, in the Spring Creek community, The Spring Creek Nature Trail is a beautiful and easy trail that runs along the peaceful Spring Creek. Find out more

2.4 miles – Moderate

In the remote Shelton Laurel area of Madison County, the trail to Hickey Fork Falls is a peaceful, out-and-back hike that crosses creeks and takes hikers to a spectacular, veiled waterfall. Find out more

7 miles – Easy

East of Hot Springs, The Laurel River Trail is a relaxing out-and-back trail that follows the breathtaking Laurel River on an old railroad bed. This trail is great for the whole family. Find out more