Asheville, North Carolina, offers much in the way of outdoor recreation – case in point, the French Broad River Greenway to New Belgium Brewery Trail. From beautiful gardens to explore to waterfalls and trails, it would be difficult to run out of things to do in the Land of the Sky. When you’re ready to pair your love of hiking with your passion for craft brews, then Asheville has you covered with one of the most unique hikes in North Carolina that leads straight to one of the best craft breweries in the South.

At a nice, slow walking pace, the French Broad Greenway Trail should take a little over two hours. Have you discovered one of the most unique hikes in North Carolina yet? Ever been to New Belgium Brewery? We’d love to hear about your experiences! Learn more about the trail from our friends over at, and don’t forget to sign up for AllTrails+ for perks such as offline map access and so much more. Check out the brews available at New Belgium Brewery on the brewery’s official website.

Have you ever been to Clingmans Dome? After seeing the views in this video by us at OnlyInYourState, you’ll want to plan a trip ASAP. (And when you do, Backcountry has you covered with hiking gear essentials like clothing, footwear, backpacks, water bottles, and more.)

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Best Hikes In North Carolina

What are the best family-friendly hikes in North Carolina?

The best family-friendly hikes in North Carolina include:

Clocking in at less than half a mile long, this short and easy trail leads to (and through) its namesake covered bridge that was built in 1911. It's perfect for kiddos and history buffs alike!

  • Cascade Trails near Deep Gap

This lovely little trail is also under half a mile in length and boasts a stunning waterfall that is sure to leave hikers of all ages awestruck. Just watch your step - the trail does have some rather steep stairs that can get slippery from rain or ice.

Just 1.2 miles is all that stands between you and the 50-foot waterfall on the Moore Cove Falls Trail. It's no secret why people flock here from all over the state!

Where can I hike to a cave in North Carolina?

If you love cave hikes in North Carolina as much as I do, you'll want to add these trails to your bucket list right away:

Hanging Rock State Park has a little bit of everything: waterfall swimming holes, camping...and an epic cave that dates to the American Revolution. You can explore Tory's Den at the end of a short and sweet trail within the park.

This five-mile trail in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains leads to a natural cave that is rumored to have been used by both soldiers and Native Americans as a hiding place.

You can visit the cave where Daniel Boone's family spent their first winter in present-day North Carolina way back in 1751 when you embark on this roughly .7-mile loop trail.

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