There are several great mid-summer hikes near our neighborhood that can help you and your family beat the heat. In this article and the next, we will talk about several cool hikes near Arden, NC.
1) Mount Pisgah
Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, around and hour south of Arden, Mount Pisgah stands over a mile-high. The television tower at the top of the mountain can be seen from Asheville and areas throughout the French Broad Valley. The top of the mountain can be as much as 20 degrees cooler than downtown Asheville. When you finish hiking, stop by the Pisgah Inn for great food and additional views.
Difficulty: Moderate, due to the elevation gain and a few rocks.
Length: 3.2 Miles
Elevation Gain: 757 Feet
Type: Out and Back
Location: 408 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Canton, NC 28716
2) Rainbow and Turtleback Falls
Rainbow and Turtleback Falls share the same out-and-back trail. Located just an hour from Wellington Estates, this trail follows a river to the spectacular Rainbow Falls. Once you pass Rainbow, just a short distance ahead, you reach Turtleback Falls, a popular and entertaining swimming hole.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Length: 4 Miles
Elevation Gain: 869 Feet
Type: Out and Back
Location: 976 Grassy Ridge Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747
3) Hooker and Triple Falls
Located in Dupont State Forest, Hooker and Triple Falls trails are kid-friendly hikes featuring two of North Carolina’s most popular and spectacular waterfalls. You can park in the Hooker Falls parking area, hike the Triple Falls – High Falls loop, then cross the river and finish the hike at Hooker Falls. This trail is just 40 minutes from our neighborhood.
Length: 3 Miles
Elevation Gain: 500 Feet
Location: 210 Staton Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28739
4) Max Patch
Near Hot Spring, in Madison County, Max Patch is one of the great bald mountains in western North Carolina. The relatively short trail from the parking lot to the summit is a steep climb that brings you do a grassy expanse. This is a great place to picnic, throw a frisbee or football, fly a kite, and hang a hammock. Furthermore, though the trail is short, it intersects the Appalachian Trail at the summit, providing access to numerous other area trails. Max Patch’s parking area just over the Tennessee border, about an hour and a half from Wellington.
Length: 1.5 Miles (with the option to add many more miles)
Elevation Gain: 325 Feet
Location: “From Hot Springs, NC: Travel south on SR 209 5 - 6 miles turning right onto Meadow Fork Road. Travel is a few miles to Long Brand Road turning right and following signs.” - https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/north-carolina/max-patch-trail