Looking for a great place to get outdoors? When they aren’t helping customers gear up at Frugal, our gearheads are busy exploring local trails. Here are 10, ranging from easy to challenging, that have their stamp of approval.

View of Rainbow Falls

View of Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls – If stunning waterfalls and winding trails are your thing, Marie’s favorite hike,  Rainbow Falls is a must-do. This moderate 5 mile hike provides just the right amount of challenge.

Ravencliff Falls

Raven Cliff Falls – One of Isaac’s favorites, Raven Cliff Falls is a great hike for options. This trail can be done as a 3.8 mile out-and-back or a more challenging 7.7 mile loop. Both options offer incredible views.

View from the Chimneys

View from the Chimneys

The Chimneys – Originating from the Table Rock Picnic Area, this 1.5 mile hike is a family friendly trail that offers a 360 degree vantage point of Table Rock and the surrounding mountains.

Falls Creek Falls alive with fall color

Falls Creek Falls – This oft overlooked hike at Jones Gap State Park is one of Jess’s favorites. This out-and-back is just 1.7 miles, but what it lacks in length, it makes up for in difficulty and solitude.

Table Rock’s elevation gain is no joke

Table Rock – Featuring a 2,000′ elevation gain, this strenuous 6.6 mile hike is not for the faint of heart.  But those who brave it will be rewarded unbeatable views, a great workout, and serious bragging rights.

View from Lover’s Leap

Lover’s Leap – The picturesque AT hub of Hot Springs, NC tends to quiet down over the winter, making it a perfect day or weekend getaway. Hannah recommends enjoying a picnic atop Lover’s Leap and then unwinding in the town’s namesake natural hot springs.

Carl Sandburg’s lakefront home offers plenty of hikes

Big Glassy Mountain – Carl Sandburg’s home is just over the border in Flat Rock, NC and offers plenty of well maintained trails. One of our favorite’s is Big Glassy, a 3.2 mile out-and-back that’s perfect for a mountain top picnic. On your way back down the mountain, stop at the goat barn – in spring you might see newborn goats.

Looking Glass in Fall

Looking Glass Rock – A challenging 6.4 miles climb will take you to the top of one of the most iconic features in Pisgah National Forest. Make it to the summit and you’ll be rewarded with unparalleled views of the area. Savannah loves this trail so much that she got engaged there.

Pink Beds has plenty of unique flora

Pink Beds Loop – If a relaxing walk in the woods is what you seek, Pink Beds is the place to be. The trail is a 5 mile loop through gently rolling hills, open fields, and wetlands with unique flora. It’s conveniently located near the beginning of Pisgah National Forest. We recommend stopping at Oskar Blues for a post hike pint.

Mt. Pisgah alive with greenery

Mount Pisgah – This 3 miler is a great place to stop on a day trip to Asheville. It’s close to town and offers unmarred views of Shining Rock Wilderness, Cold Mountain, The Great Smoky Mountains, and Mount Mitchell.

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