13 Fun and Easy Family-Friendly Hikes Around Asheville

There are kid-friendly hikes near Asheville for everyone, for big-city or local families looking forward to introducing themselves to hiking trails.

Here's a list of kid-friendly hikes near Asheville and within the city limits. There is a mix of tracks with scenic views and waterfalls, riverside hiking, state park visits, and urban trails.

But, you know it, “the journey is the destination,” and what’s important is that you all made it out there.

Craggy Gardens Pinnacle Trail

Craggy Gardens Pinnacle Trail is a 1.2-mile trail in the Blue Ridge Parkway and one of the best hikes near Asheville to access fantastic views quickly.


Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville is a go-to place for locals and visitors to spot everything from wildflowers to butterflies and learn about the ecosystem.


Easy Pink Beds Loop Trail

This is one of the most popular kid-friendly hikes near Asheville. It’s flat, there are wildflowers, and it offers fun bridges.


Bearwallow Mountain

Located at 4,232 feet above sea level, the trail is approximately one mile each way. You can also use a gravel fire road back to the parking area for a 1.7-mile loop hike.



The property has 5 miles of trails ranging from easy to moderate and features ponds, the peaceful rounded summit of Glassy Mountain, and rare rock formations.


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