Summer is right around the corner, and there is no better place to be than in Asheville! Make the most of your free time by enjoying all that the mountains have to offer. Kick off the celebrations at the Mountain Sports Festival over Memorial Day Weekend, right here in town at Carrier Park. Volunteer, race, partake in food, music and demonstrations. This family friendly event has something for everyone, and is free!
When the days grow too hot to be outside, head north on the Blue Ridge Parkway for Mt. Mitchell State Park, where temperatures are on average 10 – 30 degrees cooler! It makes sense when you learn that this is the highest point east of the Mississippi, and it’s right in our backyard. Bring a layer and your raincoat, enjoy the 360 degree views, and pack a meal or bring food to grill at one of their many picnic sites. Access is free and offers hikes ranging from beginner to advanced. Locals know, avoid the crowds and hit this popular park on weekdays.