Gentle ways to explore Asheville, NC

Need to take it easy? No problem. Here’s how you can experience the city without breaking a sweat.

A look at wildflowers and a sunset along the Blue Ridge Parkway

A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a great and easy way to explore the sights.

Photo by @honeybadgerimages

Whether you’re nursing an injury or managing other mobility limitations, you still want to get out and see the sights. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to explore the 828 without any strenuous physical activity.

  • Get a rush with the immersive racing simulation at The Track at Asheville, which offers 12 state-of-the-art racing rigs that recreate a stunningly similar experience to being in an actual Formula One race car, rumbles, wrecks, and all.
  • Scratch that hiking itch (and see some really cute critters) with a stroll around the 42-acre WNC Nature Center.
  • Go chasing waterfalls with area photographer + author Kevin Adams’ 100 Disabled Access NC Waterfalls.
  • Explore WNC’s museums, which highlight everything from art + rare cars to pinball machines and radios.
  • Book with Asheville Jeep Tours and experience the mountains while off-roading over forest service roads.
  • Cast a rod and see what you catch at some of the area’s handicap-accessible fishing piers.
  • Meander through the woods on a foraging tour with No Taste Like Home and learn to identify edible plants in the wild.
  • Get your favorite tunes or podcasts queued up and set out on some of WNC’s most scenic drives.