Don’t let the city’s reputation as a beer and food capital fool you: Asheville is one of the go-to cities for health-conscious people in North Carolina. From the year-round outdoor activities to the clean eating and dozens of local gyms, there are countless ways to get in (and stay in) shape in Asheville.
Yoga in Asheville
Asheville is many things to many people. For some, it’s the epicenter of yoga in the American South. Asheville is nationally renowned for its yoga scene, with a major festival held downtown each year.
For residents and visitors, that translates to a thriving community of yoga teachers and students they can tap into 365 days a year. Asheville Yoga Center is one of the most prominent players in the scene, a sprawling campus with a store, teacher training program, and multiple rooms that hold classes of every variety every day. They also hold workshops on specialty topics for students who want an in-depth exploration of different types of yoga. Many of the teachers at Asheville Yoga Center are known around the country and around the world, so taking a class here is a must for yoga devotees.
Asheville Community Yoga provides yogis an opportunity to give back to the community: ACY is a non-profit organization that offers pay-what-you-want classes to students. Community Yoga is just that: a thriving community of friendly yoga students and teachers committed to making yoga practice accessible to everyone. Teachers volunteer their time, and the studio offers scholarships to low-income students who want to take yoga teacher training classes. They also offer a community massage and acupuncture clinic and operate Karma Café, a plant-based restaurant with local, organic food at affordable prices.
Outdoor Living in Asheville
Outdoor activities in Asheville are a well-trodden path on this blog. It’s for good reason, too—the Blue Ridge Mountains give us some of the best hiking, biking, climbing, and camping in the world. Nothing beats feeling the sunshine on your skin and the cool summer breeze rustling your hair as you summit a mountain peak dotted with vibrant flowers. Nothing, of course, except getting a good workout doing so.
Many of the hiking trails near Asheville are leisurely strolls, but some are physically demanding and will ensure you work up a sweat. If cardio is your number one priority, try out Devil’s Courthouse or Pinnacle Park for difficult trails that cover up to 7 miles of beautiful terrain. If that’s not enough for you, there are cross country running trails throughout the area like Warren Wilson College’s River Trail or Reasonover Creek Trail. These are local hotspots for trail runners that combine lush nature with terrain that will make any runner smile.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, it’s time to take up kayaking. You can start easy with a trip down the French Broad River, launching at the Smoky Mountain Adventure Center just around the corner from the River Arts District. Once you’re feeling a little braver, try putting your boat in the water on the Nantahala River. This river just a few hours from town promises a solid challenge for even the most experienced kayaker, with rapids up to a Class III. If you think you’ll need some help from your friends (we don’t blame you), there are also rafting guides available.
Homes for Sale in Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville provides the perfect playground for people who live an active lifestyle. Whether you’re already a fitness guru or think a change of environment and culture is exactly the push you need, Asheville is the place for you. A healthy mind and body are central to the city’s culture, so making friends in town practically guarantees you’ll be invited to go hiking, rock climbing, or on some other adventurous activity.
If you’re ready to make Asheville your basecamp for adventure, there’s no better time than now to start looking at homes for sale in Asheville. Keller Williams Asheville has an interactive map, just like Zillow, that will help you get started on your search. Our map is made up of all real listings for homes that are on the market right now, with real asking prices listed—no inaccurate estimates or zombie listings.
We’re looking forward to helping you find your dream home, so get in touch with a Keller Williams Asheville realtor today. Who knows, maybe we’ll see you out on the trails!
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