Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? Covering forty of the best hikes within an hour's drive of Asheville, North Carolina, this guide offers something for every hiker-from easy nature walks to strenuous day hikes. Known for spectacular summer weather, Asheville boasts an unbelievable variety of hiking trails ranging from short after-work jaunts to wilderness adventures for weekend exploring. Close to downtown Asheville, hikers can experience diverse landscapes such as mountaintop meadows, waterfall-strewn valleys, and richly wooded ridges, as well as view-laden lakes. Look inside to find: Full-color photos and maps, Comprehensive route descriptions, Thorough directions and GPS coordinates to the trailhead, At-a-glance information on distance and difficulty level, hiking time, canine compatibility, and fees and permits, Directional cues, Info on flora and fauna plus local lore Book jacket.