Blue Ridge Brews & Views

Asheville, NC
4.9 (13 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Amazing Hikes
  • Hand-picked Breweries
  • BIG Appalachian Views
  • Mountain Summits
  • Diverse Forests, Streams & Ecosystems
  • Stunning Waterfalls
  • Accommodations in Asheville

Description

Our 4-Day Appalachian “Brews & Views” Adventure combines the best hiking and craft brewery hotspots of North Carolina into one relatively short, purely Appalachian outdoor vacation. You’ll challenge yourself and experience some of the best hikes, diverse forests, waterfalls, towns, and breweries the Appalachian region has to offer. We’ve meticulously hand-picked the lodging, hikes, and breweries to make your week as unique and memorable as possible! This tour includes 3 nights of premier lodging, all local transportation (including designated driver shuttles after visiting breweries), sensational hikes, trail snacks, all meals, and 1 pint or flight of beer at each brewery.

Each day we set out on challenging and fulfilling hikes through the historic and towering Blue Ridge Mountains. Each evening we’ll take you to a hand-picked brewery where you can enjoy a selection of craft beers and exceptional Appalachian cuisine.

Please Note: this trip can be a fun choice for 2021. The breweries we visit have outdoor patios where we can enjoy beer tasting and physical distancing at the same time. Tours of the breweries are not operating, but the hiking and beer tasting are as great as they’ve always been!

Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests

4 Days
$1385 Per Person
$375 Single Supplement

$375 Single Supplement

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-8 Guests
Trip Length: 4 Days
Distance: 27MI / 43KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
10 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
6-13 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
2600 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
2600 feet
Quality of Trails:
Well maintained
Additional:
This trip requires days of significant elevation gain/loss and moderate to long distances (up to 12.5 miles).

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 8-12 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 10-pound backpack

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Appalachia hike a solitude. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time while hiking.

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TRAVEL TO ASHEVILLE

All Blue Ridge Mountains trips begin and end from Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville has an airport served by Allegiant Air, Delta, United, and US Airways. One can also fly into Greenville, South Carolina or Charlotte, North Carolina and drive to Asheville. It is a 1.5-hour drive from Greenville to Asheville and a 2-hour drive from Charlotte on good roads.

FROM ASHEVILLE AIRPORT
Asheville Airport Express (http://www.ashevilleairportexpress.com, 1-828-691-1121) runs shuttles to and from downtown. Also a number of taxis are usually available on the curb in the Arrivals area.

FROM GREENVILLE/CHARLOTTE
Asheville Airport Express also runs daily vans from Charlotte and Greenville to Asheville. Cost per shuttle is $235 from Charlotte and approximately $120 from Greenville.

CAR RENTALS
Avis: 800-331-1212; Hertz 800-654- 3131; National: 800-227-7368; Thrifty: 800-367-2277; Alamo: 800-327-9633

Private Trips

Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.

Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Brewery: Sierra Nevada
  • Accommodations: Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Asheville

This Appalachian hiking tour begins with rendezvous at our hotel in Asheville (the Hyatt Place) at 3 P.M., where once our whole group has arrived we head to the Sierra Nevada Brewing compound. We will enjoy a tour of the brewery and sit down to sample their fabulous, award winning brews and enjoy dinner. Over beers and dinner we will talk about the next 3 days, answer questions, cover safety information, and review the itinerary. After our fun-filled first evening we will head back to Asheville for a good night’s sleep in preparation for our first hike.

Day 2

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: appx ~2 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: ~8.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: ~2,000 feet
  • Brewery: Highland Brewing Company
  • Accommodations: Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Asheville

Our 2nd day will start with a hearty breakfast and scenic drive from Asheville, NC to the amazing views and waterfalls near Linville Gorge in the Pisgah National Forest. Our first stop will be at the Linville Falls Visitor Center, where we will start a 1.6 mile round trip hike to 3 different viewpoints of this outstanding waterfall.

After returning to our vehicle we will again shuttle through the amazing Blue Ridge Mountains to our next hike, a challening one up Table Rock Mountain for huge, sweeping views of the spectacular Linville Gorge. After a tasty picnic lunch on the summit, we descend to the river far below and enjoy dipping our feet and possibly more in its cool mountain waters.

After refreshing ourselves in the river we’ll head to Highland Brewing Company on our way home. Here we will visit one of the region’s original breweries started in 1994. Highland has long been thought of as a pioneer in the Asheville craft beer movement. Their flagship beer – Gaelic Ale – is a staple of the Asheville beer scene and a must-try! After enjoying some brews we’ll head back to Asheville to our lodging to clean up. Dinner tonight is in one of downtown Asheville’s wonderful restaurants.

Day 3

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: ~1 hour
  • Hiking Mileage: 6.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: ~1,650 feet
  • Brewery: varies
  • Accommodations: Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Asheville

After breakfast, today’s objective is the summit of one of the most iconic landmarks in the region: Looking Glass Rock. Looking Glass is also one of the most fantastic hikes in the Pisgah National Forest. The hike is a fun, challenging one that rewards our efforts with stunning views. We’ll enjoy an amazing picnic lunch prepared by your guide on the summit.

After lunch we’ll descend back to our vehicle and head to the spectacular roadside waterfall, Looking Glass Falls, to shoot pictures and dip our feet. After the waterfall we drive home by way of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the way we will stop at some roadside areas for even more sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.

After showering up, our evening will be filled with walking to some of downtown Asheville’s best breweries and checking out some of the unique cuisine from our local food trucks. After we eat you are welcome to explore the downtown area as long as you would like, just remember our best and longest hike starts tomorrow morning!

Day 4

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 1 hour
  • Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,300 feet
  • Shuttle to Asheville: 1 hour

To start the last day of our Appalachian “Brews & Views” Adventure we’ll again enjoy a fantastic Appalachian breakfast, then head to today’s trailhead just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We then begin our hike to the summit of one of the most unique geological features in the region, Shining Rock. The hike to the summit starts out along the Art Loeb Trail and takes us over multiple mountain summits and saddles. After reaching the summit our efforts are rewarded by huge, sweeping views and a picnic lunch prepared by your guide along the anomalous, white quartzite cliff bands that cap Shining Rock. This is a truly remarkable area.

After enjoying our lunch-with-a-view, we’ll descend back to our vehicle by way of the Ivestor Gap Trail for some different views and a bit easier hiking. Our short journey home back to Asheville brings us to the end of our memorable 4 days of outstanding brews and views.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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Going Fast

GOING FAST

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Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 3 nights of lodging in Asheville, NC
  • Breakfasts and picnic lunches prepared by your guide, and trail snacks
  • 3 dinners and 1 pint/flight at 3 breweries (days 1, 2, 3)
  • Brewery tours where/when available
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Appalachian hiking guide
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour originating and concluding in Asheville, NC (including designated driver shuttles after breweries)
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Alcoholic beverages after 1 pint or flight on days 1, 2 and 3
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

This tour features a combination of restaurant/lodge breakfasts and dinners, and picnic lunches prepared by your guide.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

What Gear to Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent, lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

What Clothes to Bring

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group at the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Asheville at 3:00 PM the first day of the tour. The first night’s lodging is included in this tour.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

This tour rendezvouses at 3 PM on Day 1 at the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Asheville. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guides Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on Blue Ridge Mountains hiking tours is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum group size of 9 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • All guests must be 21 years old or older to join this tour

Weather in The Appalachians

The weather in the Appalachian Mountains varies greatly by time of year. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in for low elevations in the Appalachian Mountains:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
Low Elev
High Elev
hi
low
hi
low
January
51°
28°
35°
19°
February
54°
29°
35°
18°
March
61°
34°
39°
24°
April
71°
42°
49°
34°
May
79°
50°
57°
43°
June
86°
58°
63°
49°
July
88°
59°
65°
53°
August
87°
60°
64°
52°
September
83°
55°
60°
47°
October
73°
43°
53°
38°
November
61°
33°
42°
28°
December
52°
28°
37°
21°

Accommodations

Accommodations

Hyatt Place Hotel

3 NIGHTS

The Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown is arguably the signature hotel in Asheville. With stunning views of the surrounding mountains and situated in perfect walking distance to many iconic Appalachian restaurants and breweries, it’s a perfect location for our Blue Ridge adventure.
(pool, views)

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 4.9 (13 reviews)
Molly A.
5.0

We had a Wonderful Time!

2 years ago

The trip definitely lived up to its name! We had a wonderful time and it was nice not to have to fly to the hike. I'm glad that you offer some hikes in the Eastern part of the country.

Fan F.
5.0

The Best Guide!

2 years ago

Kyle is the best guide! He is not only very reliable, responsible, and knowledgeable, but also has a very kind heart. He has professional outdoor experience. He prepared everything based on what we need and took care of our team from transportation to food preparation. By the way, three lunches he cooked for us were delicious! He even prepared coffee and tea, and chocolate for dessert! I will definitively come back again!

David R.
5.0

First Hike Like This and it was Awesome

2 years ago

This was our first hike with total strangers. Each of the three parties went out of their way to make each other comfortable and the trip successful. The last night, we spent our last night together at a superb barbecue joint. Kyle was awesome and highly professional. Each and every day was planned but he could be flexible when required. We would do another hiking trip with him.

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