Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:51

12 Things to Do With Kids in Asheville During Spring Part 1

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Though the calendar says it is still winter, spring has essentially sprung in western North Carolina. Families will begin filling their schedules with garage sales and spring cleaning, but there is plenty of great outdoor activities for you and your children, once the chores are finished.

In this post and the next, we will discuss eleven excellent activities for families and children during spring in Asheville, NC.

1) Take Your Kids for a Walk or Hike

Our neighborhood, Wellington Estates, is surrounded by hundreds of world-class hiking trails. From short, scenic loops, to multi-day adventures, Asheville is renowned for its walking and hiking adventures. Though your little ones might not be ready for intense backpacking, there are a number of excellent, kid-friendly hiking trails and systems in Asheville.

Great Kid-friendly Hikes in Asheville:

  • Linville Falls: An hour and a half from Wellington Estates, this famous hike features spectacular views of Linville Falls and Linville Gorge. It is only four miles altogether, but there are shorter options as well.
  • Clingmans Dome: A mile and a half hike that with 360 degree views at well over a mile in elevation.
  • Mount Mitchell: Even though it is the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi, the hike to the peak of Mount Mitchell is only half of a mile from the parking lot.
  • Craggy Gardens: Also over a mile high, Craggy features some of the most spectacular views in the state. On a particularly clear day, you can see the skyline of Uptown Charlotte. Located a little over an hour from Asheville, Mitchell and Craggy are mountainous neighbors.
  • Biltmore Estate Trails: Though there is a cost to enter the estate grounds, Biltmore has several stroller and training-wheel friendly walking trails, as well as mountainous hikes with stunning view.

This list is just a sampling of the numerous, impressive hiking opportunities in the Asheville area. In a future post, we will discuss kid-friendly hiking trails in greater depth.

2) Take Your Kids Fishing

Though Asheville is not necessarily known for fishing, fly-fisherman travel from all over the state to enjoy our rivers and streams. In additional to the Swannanoa, Ivy, and French Broad Rivers, Lake Jullian is mere minutes from Arden and Wellington Estates. If you do take the family fishing, make sure you stop by your local hardware store or Walmart for a fishing license.

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3) Take Your Kids to the Arboretum

Just twenty minutes from our neighborhood, The North Carolina Arboretum features many of the region’s most unique plant species. There is something new in bloom almost every day. With perfectly manicured walking and biking trails, the Arboretum is a grace place to spend time together, while learning valuable botanical lessons.

4) Take Your Kids to the Western North Carolina Nature Center

From mountain lions, to elk, to owls, to rattlesnakes, there is an animal for everyone at the WNC Nature Center. The kids will love it so much, they will not even realize they are learning.

There are more things to do in Asheville during Spring than one article can contain. In our next article, we will discuss four more exciting spring activities. To learn more about how you can affordably own your own home in our neighborhood, contact us