Why Nature Lovers Love Asheville NC

Does Asheville sound familiar to you? This lovely and bustling city in Western North Carolina is more famous than you think! It has been a popular filming location with movies like Forrest Gump, Hannibal, and Dirty Dancing using the Asheville’s scenic mountains and spectacular scenery in their backdrop. Thus, it is aptly nicknamed “Land of the Sky” with its natural offerings for travelers and outdoor hobbyists alike.

So what are these gifts of nature that you have to visit when you’re in Asheville? And what are the conservation efforts being done to protect them?

Pisgah National Forest

The 500,000-acrePisgah National Forest was the first national forest in the U.S. east coast in 1916. Thrill-seekers will love the many adventurous recreational activities available the entire year. In the summer, fishing and boating enthusiasts travel to Pisgah to experience its rivers and streams that are the most ideal setting for these hobbies. Various water sports also offer an exciting opportunity for water adventures. Take a hike on more than a thousand miles of trails and wilderness areas at Pisgah and you can put up a tent at the campground and RV areas. Winter is the best time for skiers to explore the snow-covered slopes in the northeastern corner of the forest.

Conservation Actions on Pisgah National Forest

The Conservation Fund has conserved more than 750 acres since 2009 that helped to protect the rare vegetation in the forest. They have also worked with different government agencies to preserve the 4,400-acre Lake Logan and keep it away from the hands of real estate developers. Their conservation efforts have safeguarded the habitat of the flora and fauna of the forest, and also the sources of water of the local communities.

DuPont State Forest

Famous as the filming location of the movies The Last of the Mohicans and The Hunger Games, the 10,300-acre DuPont State Forest is not only known for its nature and recreational offerings, but also its beautiful waterfalls. Get a bird’s eye view of the city and the entire forest from the top of Cedar Rock Mountain and frolic in one of the six spectacular waterfalls in the park: High Falls, Triple Falls, Hooker Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Wintergreen Falls, and Connestee Falls.

Conservation Actions on DuPont State Forest

Friends of the Falls was formed in 2000 and aimed to preserve three DuPont falls: High Falls, Triple Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Their active efforts led to the addition of the 2,200-acre waterfall tract to the DuPont State Forest. The group disbanded after their successful campaign and donated its remaining funds to Friends of DuPont Forest. Until the present time, the volunteer organization has worked to improve the forest for public use and enjoyment.

For more nature and adventure tips around Asheville, check out this visitor’s guide that contains recommended locations you may need for hiking, therapeutic massages, and other wellness activities.

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