Unique and Wild Outdoor Adventures in Asheville


The weather is beautiful in Asheville this week, and it's a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the Outdoors in Ashevillespringtime surroundings. On any given day there are plenty of outdoor activities to immerse yourself in during your Western North Carolina vacation. Fishing, canoeing, whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, ballooning... you name it, we've got it. With a setting like ours, it's no wonder people keep coming back for more and planning their return visits to the Asheville area.

Are you looking for a unique outdoor adventure in Asheville? Check out some of the events happening locally this weekend and throughout the season that will leave you with lasting, one-of-a-kind memories!

Learn to Grow Hops
Remember that Asheville is celebrating Beer Month all through the month of April. This is a great way to celebrate Beer Month in Beer City! Head on over to the Hop 'n Blueberry Farm on 24 Middle Mountain Road in Black Mountain.

Here you'll learn how to grow hops! Tour the seventh generation, 165-year-old Hop 'n Blueberry Farm and learn about its sustainable Hop n Blueberry Farmfarming practices that have been in use since the farm's inception. This tour is geared to give guests detailed information on how to grow hops and how to set up a hop yard. Also, learning to grow hops workshops are available.

The Learning to Grow Hops Workshop and Tour occurs this Saturday, April 13 at 1p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Hop 'n Blueberry Farm Tours run Saturdays from noon to 2p.m. from late May until the middle of October.

A Wild Foods Foraging Adventure
This weekend on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, Alan Muskat of No Taste Like Home hosts an outdoor foraging adventure. He takes you out to eat (literally) to discover nature's supermarket. Muskat is internationally known as the "epicure of the obscure" so be prepared for some wild adventures.

Food ForagingLearn to safely forage, identify and appreciate native delights including morels, chanterelles, ramps, paw paws, persimmons and more. If you're brave enough, try a bite! The forage also includes learning more about wild edibles, medicinals, dyeing (not dying!) with mushrooms, and Muskat's unique repertoire of stories, poetry, wit and wisdom.

Guests can opt to meet at Asheville's Zambra Tapas restaurant to enjoy their catch of the day for no extra charge. You never know what the chef will create from the day's hunting and gathering: wood nettle ravioli, sassafras root beer, tiger lily tamales, mushroom mocha ice cream? It's all in the realm of possibility!

The cost is $60 and registration as well as further information can be found here. Once registered, you'll receive an email with details on the location and directions. Cost includes an e-book of the day's adventures, so you don't have to take notes. Foraging adventures occur April through October.

These are only a couple of the unique and wild outdoor adventures you can have in the Asheville area. There are plenty more! You can find more here.

Have you had a unique outdoor experience in the Asheville or surrounding Western North Carolina area? If so, we'd love to hear about it in our comment section!


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