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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Asheville Outdoors: More Recognition, Notoriety, and "Best Of Lists"


We have just run a small series of postings on Asheville as a city of the great outdoors. So it is topical that Outside Magazine would have named Asheville to its list of America's "Best Outside Towns". The compilation places Asheville alongside such outdoor luminaries as, Boulder, CO, Bellingham, WA, Bend, OR, and Durango, CO.

From the print version the author writes, Asheville “serves up more than 2,000 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails and some of the nation’s finest whitewater creeking.”

Here are a few added links about Asheville: Outdoor Destination Extraordinaire:

The Complete Asheville: Outside Magazine Online Archives on our fair city, including a #4 ranking for Warren Wilson College for "Top 40 schools where you can hit the books AND the backcountry".

NC Department of Tourism
: Outdoor activities page. Down the right hand side, select "mountains", and find links to anything from agritourism, to, biking, hiking, skiing, white water, and more.

NC Department of Tourism: The Asheville archives.

Our blog has previously visited a few of Asheville's many outdoor opportunities in detail, specifically:

Possibly more than 500,000 visitors per summer go on white water rafting trips within 90 minutes of Asheville. We have previously posted information on popular regional rivers for rafting. These have included links to real time water levels, and veteran suggestions about what that water data means, in order to help you get the trip that you imagined, even during dry weather.

From Our Blog - White Water Rafting Trips Vol 1: Looks at three rivers within 60 minutes of Asheville, and information about what current water levels mean for the excitement factor. The French Broad, The Nolichucky Gorge, and The Big Pigeon are covered.

From Our Blog - White Water Rafting, Vol 2: This post covers two dam controlled rivers, The Nantahala, which may well be the most rafted river in the US, and The Tuckaseegee. Water release schedules and minimum participant requirements are included here.

From Our Blog - Fishing and Fly Fishing: Everything from sate wide stream flows, to licenses, campgrounds and stream etiquette is covered here.

From Our Blog - Biking & Mountain Biking: An extensive posting on trails, clubs, best rides, maps, driving directions, difficulty, etiquette, and more.

Whether one calls it "The Paris of the South", or "The Moab of the East", whether favoring cultural opportunities, independent music, or the great outdoors, I have to say Asheville is pretty hip.

Other Asheville "Best Of" Lists, (The ones we know about):
Dated January, 2007: From our blog.
From Our Blog: Sperling's Best Places to Live at #8

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