We are adding in some suggested area highlights, tours and bookmark lists. Thanks to USN Radio Chief for these suggestions and write-ups.

Bookmark Lists:

  1. 100 Easy Terrain Caches less than 50 Miles from Asheville
  2. Most Favorite Points less than 50 M from Asheville
  3. 100 Awesome Caches less than 50 Miles From Asheville


Guided Tours (USN Radio Chief rocks).

1. Grandfather Mountain Tour

Tour Length:  50 Miles

Drive Time: 1 Hr 45 Minutes

Difficulty: Medium

Geocaches in Route: 16

Highlights: Linville Caverns / Linville Falls / Grandfather Mountain / Mast General Store  / Trashcan (Laurel) Falls

Begin this tour at Linville Caverns.  53 miles from downtown Asheville.

Print version:  Geo-Tour-Grandfather-Mountain


2. Hot Springs Tour

Tour Length:  54 Miles

Drive Time: 1 Hr 40 Minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Geocaches in Route: 22

Highlights: Hot Springs / French Broad River / Stackhouse Ghost town / Marshall

This tour begins at Exit 24 of Interstate 40 (NC 209) driving west from Asheville 27 Miles.  Head north on NC 209.

Print Version: Hot-Springs


3. Cradle of American Forestry Tour

Tour Length:  63 Miles

Drive Time: 2 Hours

Difficulty: Medium

Geocaches in Route: 16

Highlights: Cradle of American Forestry / Looking Glass Falls / Moore Cove Falls / Cold Mountain / Lake Logan / Devil’s Courthouse Falls / Shining Rock

Start out on US 276 north of Brevard. From the intersection with Forest Road 475, head north on US 276.

Print Version: Cradle-of-Forestry


4. Loop Around Linville Gorge

Tour Length:  57 Miles

Drive Time:  2 Hrs and 47 Minutes

Difficulty: Very Difficult

Geocaches in Route:  13

Highlights: Lake James / Table Rock Mountain / Linville Falls / Linville Gorge

This tour begins at Lake James State Park which is located about 50 miles east of Asheville.

Print version: Loop Around Linville Gorge