Guidebooks, Guided Group Hikes, Maps, Road and Park Closures

Guidebooks

There are numerous excellent guidebooks on hiking in WNC, but we have found the following useful for planning our hikes

Hiking the Carolina Mountains by Danny Bernstein
Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains by Danny Bernstein
The Best Hikes of Pisgah National Forest by C. Franklin Goldsmith, III; Shannon E. G. Hamrick; H. James Hamrick, Jr.
Hiking Trails of the Smokies by Great Smoky Mountains Association
Mountains-to-Sea Trail – Trail Profiles and Maps by Walt Weber for the Carolina Mountain Club

National Forest Service Maps

The USDA National Forest Service maps can usually be found at the many local hiking outfitters.  If not available there, the National Forest Service has an office in Asheville near the UNC Asheville campus.  The address for the office is as follows:

National Forests in NC, Supervisor’s Office
160 Zillicoa St. Suite A
Asheville, NC 28801
828-257-4200

Information Links

A real-time map of the Blue Ridge Parkway road closures can be found at https://www.nps.gov/maps/full.html?mapId=e212fcb5-4ff9-4787-bbe4-3d40cc0d0daa#9/36.8390/-80.6506

The status of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park road and facility closures can be found at  http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm

Swannanoa Valley Museum

The SVM offers an extensive selection of guided hikes that are invaluable for learning the history, geography and trails in the Swannanoa Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges that define the Swannanoa Valley rim.  Participation in these hikes is not only personally enjoyable and enriching for the hikers, it provides substantial financial support to the efforts of the SVM to discover, preserve and present the rich history of the valley.  You can visit them online at http://www.history.swannanoavalleymuseum.org/

Carolina Mountain Club

The Carolina Mountain Club also offers an extensive selection of guided hikes throughout WNC.  Depending on weather, 3 to 5 hikes per week are conducted featuring hikes of all types and difficulties so there is something for virtually every hiker.  An important part of CMC activities is trail building and maintenance and volunteers are welcome to help.  CMC is responsible for many of the trails that we hike on including the famous Mountains-to-Sea Trail that roughly follows the Blue Ridge Parkway throughout most of WNC.  You can visit them online at http://carolinamountainclub.org/