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7 Mile Guided Paddleboard Tour On The French Broad River in Asheville

7 Mile Guided Paddleboard Tour On The French Broad River in Asheville

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Paddle 7 miles (11 km) with a private guide on the picturesque French Broad River. You’ll pass by Asheville’s massive Biltmore Estate and hear about its history. Learn stand-up paddleboarding tips and techniques from your SUP instructor and keep an eye out for native wildlife like turtles, herons, otters, and osprey. Enjoy the fresh air and exercise during a morning or afternoon.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Guided Waterfall Hike with Expert Naturalist.

Guided Waterfall Hike with Expert Naturalist.

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As featured in Southern Living Magazine and MSN News, discover the authentic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a naturalist guide to show you the best vistas, trails and waterfalls that make Asheville famous. On a Covid-safe, family-friendly and even dog-friendly excursion, we will visit the highlights of our National Forests in just a few hours. Food foraging and fascinating stories shared on all our tours!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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$59.00
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Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist

Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist

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As featured in Southern Living Magazine and MSN News, discover the authentic beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway with a naturalist guide to show you the best vistas, photo spots, and waterfalls that make Asheville famous. This intimate, small-group tour makes it easy to get to know your experienced, expert guide and learn more about the region. -Learn about the area’s history, plants, and wildlife from your naturalist guide -Visit famous waterfalls and ones that most tourists miss -See the best of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s expansive mountain views
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Sea Life Charlotte Concord Aquarium Admission Ticket

Sea Life Charlotte Concord Aquarium Admission Ticket

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Slip beneath the surface with tickets to the Sea Life Charlotte–Concord Aquarium, and meet the thousands of mammals, bright fish and seahorses that thrive in dozens of exhibits that recreate the ecosystems that surround North Carolina. Get a fish eye’s-view of the marine landscape as you walk through an underwater ocean tunnel. Spot all eight legs on the Giant Pacific Octopus, see a feeding frenzy and explore the slippery world of jellyfish in soaring cylindrical tanks.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.13
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Blue Ridge Parkway & Waterfall Hike - Private Tour From Asheville

Blue Ridge Parkway & Waterfall Hike - Private Tour From Asheville

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On these Private Waterfall Tours, you will get to enjoy the falls up close and with ease. We specialize in taking tours to hidden gems and locally-known waterfalls, uncluttered by foot traffic and crowds.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.00
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$199.00
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Sunset Sail Tour

Sunset Sail Tour

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Cruise through the waters of Wrightsville Beach aboard a 42-foot (13-meter) yacht during this small-group coastal sailing adventure. Enjoy scenic views of the surrounding waterways and barrier islands, and catch a glimpse of marine life. Soft drinks, juice, bottled water, and light refreshments are provided on board the boat. Plus, choose from morning, afternoon, or sunset cruises to best suit your schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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2-hour Outer Banks Wild Horse Tour by 4WD

2-hour Outer Banks Wild Horse Tour by 4WD

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See the wild horses of Corolla on a 2-hour tour on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Travel by open-air 4-wheel drive vehicle along the sand dunes and ocean to view the wild horses. Along the way, you'll also hear about the history and ecology of the island, stop for photo ops of the horses and other points of interests, and gain private access to the Wild Horse Conservation Area. Choose from several departure times during the day on a tour that includes 4WD tour and guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$57.70
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Small-Group Yacht Basin Cruise and Wildlife Watching Adventure

Small-Group Yacht Basin Cruise and Wildlife Watching Adventure

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Relax as we cruise the CB Yacht Basin and Snow's Cut to search for sea turtles, dolphins, and other wildlife and get a different view of all the beautiful homes and boats that call CB Home on this small-group experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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Horse and Carriage Ride through Moses H. Cone Park

Horse and Carriage Ride through Moses H. Cone Park

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We are the only authorized horse and carriage service in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. While you are witnessing the breathtaking views the parkway and Moses H Cone Memorial Park has to offer, experience the historical Manor and carriage trails while riding in comfort on a carriage. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Excursion to Blue Ridge Mountains

Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Excursion to Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains are one of the oldest ranges in the world, arising from tectonic plates colliding hundreds of millions of years ago. With misty mountains, winding roads, and sprawling green vistas, the blue mountain parkway is one of America's most beautiful drives. The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina are stunning no matter the season - with fresh blossoms in the spring, rushing waterfalls in the summer, rusty autumnal colours in the fall, and peaceful snow cover in winter. On your private excursion, your guide will take you through the mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway, where you will enjoy several scenic highlights and have the opportunity to hike, should you wish to. You will stop for lunch in a quaint town, where your guide will recommend a place for the best Southern food and hospitality. After a day spent exploring the towns dotting the highway and the striking geological features of the ridge, your guide will drive you back to your hotel in Asheville.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$185.00
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Full-Day Hiking Adventure in Pisgah National Forest

Full-Day Hiking Adventure in Pisgah National Forest

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This is one of my favorite hikes in the Asheville area. It is remote and beautiful! This is a local's ony hike that you will not find in a guide book. I discovered this while leading trips for Outward Bound. The hike is a perfect challenge for anyone up for an exhilarating experience with amazing views of Pisgah National Forest. We will use ropes on three sections to assist up the steep sections but we will descend off the back side of the mountain that is gradual. I promise it be be one of the best hikes you will find here in Asheville!
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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Private Walking Tour of a Real Working Cattle Ranch

Private Walking Tour of a Real Working Cattle Ranch

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Excite Your Senses' as we stroll down the concrete drive and I explain the importance and management of productive pastures. The ranch manages the pastures with a rotational grazing system, so keep your eye out for the herd. We want visitors to experience the sights and smells of the farm while discussing the cattles health, and nutrient requirements There are many photo opportunities. In addition, you will see many conservation practices used to protect the farms resources, water quality and environment. ​ Buses, RV's and pets are welcome. Farm Lodge, RV Ranch and a picnic area are available with plenty of parking. Shop at our Farm Store and consider grilling out while you relax in our picnic area enjoying the beautiful views of the mountains. (fees apply)
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Birding at Beaver Lake

Birding at Beaver Lake

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The guides from Ventures Birding Tours are friendly, knowledgeable and patient. We will take our time exploring and pointing out the local bird life. Whether you're a seasoned birder or just trying out this fascinating hobby for the first time, you will be promised an interesting time.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.24
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Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour with Transportation from Asheville

Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour with Transportation from Asheville

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Hike the best of the Blue Ridge Parkway on this guided day trip to three scenic waterfalls from Asheville. Take in views of the mountains as you tour the classic road in a comfortable van and hear stories about the area’s natural history and culture from your local guide. Watch for blooming laurels and rhododendron as you walk the easy to moderate trails through lush oak and hickory forests. Enjoy light refreshments along the way with plenty of time to relax by the falls before returning to Asheville.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.00
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Half Day Hike - Water Falls

Half Day Hike - Water Falls

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Your guide is a certified naturalist who is knowledgeable of the flora and fauna of the area. You will learn tree and flower identifications as well as any wildlife you may see during your activity.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.63
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Half-Day Hike with Long Range Views from Asheville

Half-Day Hike with Long Range Views from Asheville

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Your guide is a certified naturalist who is knowledgeable of the flora and fauna of the area. You will learn tree and flower identifications as well as any wildlife you may see during your activity.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Guided Waterfall Hike

Guided Waterfall Hike

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Join us for a waterfall hiking tour and see some of the Western NC's famous waterfalls! Your guide will meet you at our downtown Asheville location then drive you to the trailhead. You'll enjoy a 3-5 mile hike, featuring one or more waterfalls (depending on the location). Our tours are designed for beginner to intermediate hikers, but are beautiful enough that even the most seasoned hiker will have a great time! Your hike could be in Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Forest, or Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Your guide will select the best hike for the day based on factors like weather, trail conditions, and participant fitness level. All of our guides have extensive hiking and backpacking experience, and all hold CPR and Wilderness First Aid (or higher) medical certifications. Minimum of 2 hikers required for tour to operate.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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Privately Guided Sunset Hike

Privately Guided Sunset Hike

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Join us for an evening hike featuring one of the most beautiful aspects of our area - our sunset! We will start hiking while it is still daylight, and hopefully catch a sunset at a western-facing peak close to town. Snacks are provided while we watch sunset. After sunset, we'll hike back down to the trailhead. The hike will likely finish in the dark, so each participant will be given a headlamp to use during the trip. We have a couple of hike options to choose from - ranging from 1.5 to 5 miles and from easy to moderate in difficulty. You'll work with your guide to select the best hike location for you! Curious about the other hikes we offer? Check out our website.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.00
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Guided Hike with Shuttle

Guided Hike with Shuttle

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During our half day hiking tours, you and your guide will check out one of our favorite hikes in the Asheville area! Hikes are easy to moderate, and average 3 to 5 miles. We typically feature a hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway (ex: Mt Pisgah, Black Balsam Knob, Rattlesnake Lodge, Hawkbill, etc) on Saturdays and the Appalachian Trail (ex: Max Patch, Rich Mountain Firetower, Lovers Leap, etc) on Sundays. Transportation and snacks are included, and our group size is limited to 5 guests to ensure an intimate experience for everyone. Blue Ridge Hiking Company has been in business for 13 years; we believe the trail is there for everyone at every phase of life. We have a team of professional guides with a variety of different backgrounds who have a wealth of knowledge on local fora, fauna, and history of the area. Minimum of 2 hikers required for tour to operate.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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Blue Ridge Mountains Guided Hiking Tour with Local Guide - small groups!!

Blue Ridge Mountains Guided Hiking Tour with Local Guide - small groups!!

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Discover the scenic views, mountain trails, wildlife, and plants of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a local guide to lead the way. With so much to see in the region, nature lovers can get overwhelmed deciding where to go and what attractions to prioritize. By traveling with a guide you don’t have to worry about the logistics and can rest assured you don’t miss any of the highlights.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.00
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Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest

Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest

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Horseback riding through the Blue Ridge Mountains is a beautiful way to explore the area’s natural attractions. Trot through fern groves, past rows of wild flame azaleas, and into a white pine forest on well-trained, gentle horses. This tour includes a safety training, too, making it a good choice for beginner horseback riders and children.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.50
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Guided Horseback Riding Adventure on the Flame Azalea Trail

Guided Horseback Riding Adventure on the Flame Azalea Trail

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Experience a scenic and memorable guided horseback riding adventure at Arrowmont Stables and Cabins outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Choose from a wide variety of departure times, then ride the beautiful Flame Azalea Trail, traveling through hardwood and white pine forests, plus open meadows with majestic, elevated views of the all-American Blue Ridge Parkway. Get to know the horses in advance. Guided safety training plus a ‘test drive’ and helmet (mandatory for those under 18) are provided.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.00
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Guided Horseback Riding on the Fern Forest Trail

Guided Horseback Riding on the Fern Forest Trail

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Follow your guide on a 45-minute horseback riding adventure at Arrowmont Stables and Cabins outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Choose from a variety of departure times, and ride the beautiful Fern Forest Trail, traveling through a dense forest on relatively flat terrain at 4,000 feet. This gentle trail, situated in the Nantahala National Forest, is suitable for all skill levels. Guided safety training plus a ‘test drive’ and helmet (mandatory for those under 18) are provided.
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  • 45 minutes
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Afternoon Sail

Afternoon Sail

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Take a 2.0 hour sailing cruise on a Sparkman and Stephens Sailing Yacht. With your small-group, engage on this classic 42 ft yacht, that accommodates a 6 passenger maximum for an intimate cruise through the waters of Wrightsville Beach.  This tour is a spectacular way to see the waterways, barrier islands, and marine life surrounding Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.  Please note, beginning November 8, 2018 our Sunset Cruise will depart at 3:00 pm.  Sunset Cruise guests should arrive at least 10 minutes early.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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