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Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is probably best known for two things – whitewater and music. Located on the western edge of North Carolina, it sits at the confluence of the Swannanoa and the French Broad River. Both rivers host stretches of whitewater so famous that many kayak manufacturers and professional kayakers chose to make Asheville their home base. The music scene is just as bustling as the whitewater around town; you can hear jaw-dropping pickers, troubadours, and bands on the street corners or in notable clubs like The Orange Peel. Much of the modern American Roots Music traditions have evolved around the Appalachians and Asheville has always been a haven for beautiful music in a beautiful place. The surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains are home to the highest peaks in the east, with Mt. Mitchell taking the title at 6,684 feet, and there is plenty to explore whether you are looking to tackle the Southern Sixers, find some space in the idyllic backcountry, or rip a few trails.


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Featured Mountains in Asheville

Mountain Approx. Elevation
Richmond Hill 2,264 ft (690 m)
Rice Pinnacle 2,936 ft (895 m)
Mount Mitchell (State High Point) 6,684 ft (2,037 m)
Little Hickory Top 3,248 ft (990 m)
Lance Mountain 3,002 ft (915 m)
John Rock 3,199 ft (975 m)
Deaver View Mountain 3,314 ft (1,010 m)
Bearwallow Mountain 4,226 ft (1,288 m)