1) Check out the Solar Eclipse
You have certainly heard about the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse and the immense buzz surrounding it. On Monday, August 21st, a Total Solar Eclipse will pass through western North Carolina. For a 70-mile wide swath of our southern mountains, the moon will briefly cover the sun 100%. Even in our neighborhood, we will have nearly 100% coverage. If you take in the eclipse with your family, make sure you follow proper safety precautions:
- Wear approved eclipse glasses or level 14 welding goggles
- Do not stare directly at the sun with your naked eye
- Always drink plenty of water when outside – it is still summer
- Be aware of crowds of people
- Be prepared for cell phone outages, heavy traffic, and an influx of people
2) Go for a Mountain Hike
Our area is home to thousands of miles of hiking trails with widely varying terrain. From steep mountain adventures, to waterfalls, to wildflowers, there is more to explore than one could do in a lifetime. Before school returns, take the children for a fun hike. Some kid-friendly trails include:
- Linville Falls, Gorge, and Caverns: North Carolina’s “Grand Canyon” features waterfalls, caves to explore, and trails for all ages.
- Crabtree Falls: Mountain views and a picturesque waterfall, combined with a large swimming hole make this hike an Asheville favorite.
- Dupont State Forest: Dupont itself has several hikes, ranging from a few miles to 20+. Dupont has waterfalls, big views, and a beautiful covered bridge.
- Brevard, NC: Turtleback, Rainbow, Sliding Rock, and Skinny Dip are just a few of the waterfall hikes located near Brevard, in Transylvania County.
3) Go for a Bike Ride
Regardless of your biking skill level, there is plenty of road and mountain biking in our area. There are hundreds of mountain biking trails in the Bent Creek, Dupont, and Fontana Lake systems, many of which are beginning and intermediate level. If the greenways are more of your pace, check out the French Broad Greenway at Amboy Road and Carrier Parks. At Carrier, the old Asheville Speedway is now available for you and the kids to race around on your bikes.
4) Go Tubing or Whitewater Rafting
With several rivers and creeks, there are numerous options for tubing and whitewater rafting. Whether you want a lazy river ride, or a true adventure, our area has every option imaginable. Of course, always check the weather and talk with experienced rafters and tubers before heading out. In Buncombe, Madison, Henderson, and Transylvania counties, there are several reputable companies that can help you out on your excursion.
Our affordable, modular home neighborhood provides the opportunity for Asheville and Arden residents to own their own homes, build equity, and enjoy all of the natural resources for which western North Carolina is famous. If you are ready to own your own home in our neighborhood, check our listings and give us a call.