Local Attractions near Cloud 9 Farm in Asheville, NC
1 Approach Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
US 25 just north of I-40 – 20 minutes from Cloud 9 Farm
North Carolina’s beloved “castle on the hill” resides on an 8000-acre estate that includes beautiful gardens and woodlands and an award-winning winery (the nation’s most visited). The magnificent 250-room mansion itself is the largest private residence in the country and offers a self-guided tour that could easily last for hours.
Visit our Biltmore Estate page for more info.
At Hwy 74-A, Milepost 382 – 10 minutes from Cloud 9 Farm
It’s not a destination, but rather an experience. Considered “America’s most scenic drive”, the Blue Ridge Parkway consists of 469 miles of natural beauty, including mountain views, hiking trails, and picnic sites. Seasonal changes along the Parkway are very dramatic. Parkway intersects Asheville at US 25, 70, 74A and NC 191. There is a visitor’s “Destination” center that shows the history of the parkway and the Folk Art Center just within a mile or two as you enter going north from Hwy 74. The highest peak on the east coast, Mt. Mitchell is just a 45 min drive north once you enter the Parkway.
Chimney Rock, NC 28720
Hwy 64/74A – 25 minutes east of Cloud 9 Farm
Experience the beauty and breadth of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding waterfalls. Visitors can navigate the network of trails or use the 26-story elevator to reach the top of the rock to enjoy the 75-mile view. A short walk away is a 404-foot waterfall.
Beer lovers’ will be on Cloud 9 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC with the more than 17 breweries and micro-breweries within walking distance of our town, just 15 minutes away from here.
Visit our Asheville Breweries page for more info.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy right here on the farm: hiking, biking, watching over the farm, swimming in Peterson Pond, and picking blueberries.
Visit our Things To Do on Cloud 9 Farm page for more info.
Many, many other things to do…
The downtown is alive 7 nights a week with live music, micro-breweries and diverse ethnic restaurants.
Asheville has a growing reputation as one of the more progressive alternative health communities. Relax with one of the many healing modalities available at local spas.
There are many city-sponsored festivals like “Shindig on the Green” every Saturday night in the summer.
Urban Trail is a self-guided tour of the eclectic architecture of Asheville, where most of the buildings were built between 1890 – 1929 or try a Trolley Tour.
Visit the Downtown Asheville website or check out the Explore Asheville, Official Visitor’s Guide
Destinations Right Around Asheville
- NC Arboretum
- Thomas Wolfe
- WNC Nature Center
- Billy Graham’s “The Cove” Workshops
- Asheville Airport
Destinations in the Outdoors
- Smokey Mountain National Park (Nation’s most visited park)
- Nantahala Outdoor Center (Guided river rafting tours)
- Asheville Hot Air Balloons
- Tail of the Dragon
- French Broad River
- Pigeon River
- Mt. Pisgah
- Mt. Mitchell (Picnic on the highest peak on the east coast – Janet’s personal favorite)
- Grandfather Mountain
- Lake Lure
- Elk of Catalooche Valley
- Mine for gem stones in our rich soil
Destinations Near Asheville
Around Cherokee, NC
- Cherokee is an hour and 15 min. west
- Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee
- Santa’s Land
Around Hendersonville, NC
What Our Friends Suggest…
When we asked our friends what they would suggest for you to do while you’re visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is what they recommended:
Kitty, docent at the Biltmore Estate; “The Biltmore House is a must see especially if you’ve never been to British estate or castle. The attention to detail in the French wallpaper and the carved wooden doors will astound you.”
Bill, retired Air Force; “I love golf so in the summers when I come up from Florida, I am sure to visit the Mt. Mitchell golf course about 1 hr. and 15 min. from Fairview northeast and Etowah golf course about 35 min. south. I say that because of the spectacular beauty and ease of play.”
Carla, crafter of Cranberry Creek Baskets says: “The ‘Handmade in America’ organization has developed craft and farm tours in the area. They would take you off the beaten track that most tourists don’t see.”
Allan and Kathy, authors; “When our grandchildren visit from Florida we like to take them hiking to the Dupont State Forest. It is one of the only places we know where you can see 3 different waterfalls on one short, easy trek.”
Jan, school teacher; “The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad starts in Dillsboro where they have awesome craft shops, too. I’d go there for a day trip.
Suzanne and Steve, Doctor and nurse team; “Our favorite day trips include a short ride up to Hot Springs for a soak and massage at the Spa, followed by a gourmet dinner; or a quick trip down the road to Lake Lure for either a day of golf and a picnic or renting a pontoon for relaxation, swimming and fishing on the clear, calm waters.”
Darlene, banker; “If you haven’t been to the spa at the Grove Park Inn, that would be a treat. You should see what they’ve done with waterfalls and rocks to look like an underground cave.”
Theresa and Gerry, health professionals:”We are avid hikers so our favorite day hike is to Shining Rock Wilderness Area in the Pisgah National Forest.”
Joyce, biking enthusiast, “There are 426 fenced acres of the Bent Creek experimental forest full of biking trails with everything from novice to advanced. Some of the best biking in the country is right here.”
Rick, consultant and Ducati motorcycle nut, “Fairview is just a day trip from Deal’s Gap. If you’re looking for twisties this is the place to launch from. The drive through Hickory Nut Gorge to Chimney Rock is pretty good, too.”
Julia, IV nurse: “Smiley’s Flea Market is where I find treasures every Saturday morning…early.”
Greg, crafter and fishing enthusiast; “Fly fishing the river through Shelton Laurel is a lot of fun. Catching and throwing back the brown mountain trout is great.”
Dick, graphic designer: “I volunteer at the NC Arboretum and it’s becoming a popular spot because of its unique gardens like the ‘Flower Basket’ Quilt Garden and also the curator’s collection of Bonsai trees and scenes. We also have workshops on broom making, basketweaving, papermaking and more.”
Cathy, retired nutrionist; “What stimulates me are the classes at the NC Creative Retirement Center at UNC-A. They have classes in everything from square dancing to Understanding the Middle East. I take a class every semester.”