Hiking trails are ubiquitous in our area. While staying at AS IF Center, you can step out of the Lodge or Yellow House and walk up to the top of Ellis Knob, or just explore several miles of trails at High Cove. For longer adventures, the area boasts many high elevation trails, waterfalls, and areas with rare or endemic plants. There are trails that take you to beautiful vistas and some that take you through rich coves. There are (relatively) flatter trails, and those that are more challenging. Here are a few favorites:
Longer Hikes – (make them as long or as short as you’d like)
Trails at Roan Mountain (including Appalachian Trail)
Trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Trails in the less populated Greenbrier/ Cosby and Balsam Mt. / Big Creek / Cataloochee areas are about 2 hours away – good for a day trip.
Short Waterfall Hikes
Crabtree Falls (access Blue Ridge Parkway from Spruce Pine)
Linville Falls – Erwins’ View