As North Carolina begins to reopen, many are ready to explore the outdoors and cure their cabin fever. Below you'll find many options to get you started. Don't forget to check our COVID-19 page for the latest on what trails are open near Asheville including state and national parks, forests, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and more.
Hiking Etiquette 101 & Social Distancing on Trails
Practice the following hiking etiquette with some simple modifications to prevent close contact with other hikers. If passing or yielding to fellow hikers, give them a heads up and let them know you’re going to create a 6 ft clearance between the two of you as you pass. Avoid touching trailhead stations where others may have taken maps or touched the plexiglass display. Carry hand sanitizer with you and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible throughout the hike.
- Do not go hiking if you feel sick, have a fever or cough
- Go early or late to avoid crowds
- Keep a 6 ft distance from other hikers
- Yield to uphill traffic
- Stay to the right, pass to the left
- Leave no trace
- Keep your dogs leashed