10 Best Accessible Spots in Asheville

10 Best Accessible Spots in Asheville

The time of year has arrived for adventuring around the mountains and valleys of North Carolina. Birds are singing, bees are buzzing, and the trees and wildflowers are about to be in full bloom. 

The area around Asheville is flush with places to explore. Whether you want to kick back and enjoy a nice meal, entertaining show, or explore the outdoors, there is a destination to suit everyone.


10 Best Accessible Spots in Asheville

If you have mobility issues, don’t let them slow you down. Many of the top destinations to visit in our area are friendly and accessible to those who need movement aids or wheelchairs. 

Below we have assembled our top ten list of accessible destinations. They aren’t in any particular order, but you are sure to find something that sparks your desire to explore.

1. Cradle of Forestry

It has been on a few of our top recommendation lists before, and for a good reason. Located within the Pisgah National Forest, the Cradle of Forestry features three paved trails, a discovery center, and historical interpreters scattered about. You’ll get to explore nature and learn about the history of our area from the early 1900s.

2. Omni Grove Park Inn

If you are planning a trip from out of town, the amenities, accessibility, and sheer comfort of the Omni Grove Park Inn cannot be beaten. For over a century, it has welcomed guests with traditional southern hospitality amidst the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains

But this stunning and historic resort isn’t just for visitors. With gorgeous views and first-class dining, this is a sure bet for anyone. Their restaurants feature the best locally sourced ingredients. So schedule a day trip to the resort to take advantage of all the resort has to offer.

3. Hole Doughnuts

If you like to get out and about in the morning, swing by this delicious bakery. Yeasted donuts are handmade to order. 

So grab a tasty breakfast and coffee to get yourself ready to go for the rest of the day. You or a friend can order online and pick it up to enjoy a snack at a scenic spot around town.

4. South Mountains State Park: Hemlock Nature Trail

While the city of Asheville hosts many great parks, nothing beats getting out of the city to really experience and enjoy nature. South Mountain State Park features trails for every skill and mobility level, and our top pick of the lot is the Hemlock Nature Trail, a ¾ mile loop that snakes through the forest along the Jacob Fork River. 

You’ll learn about our native plants and animals. Featuring easy access to a picnic area, you can bring along lunch or some yummy Hole Donuts.

5. Wortham Center for the Performing Arts

Nestled in downtown Asheville, the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts hosts a variety of entertainment shows from across the US and internationally. With upcoming shows ranging from comedy, music, or dance, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

Keep an eye on the schedule, and when booking your tickets, make sure to request accessible seating.

6. Asheville Brewing Company

If you are on the search for a spot with a fun atmosphere, good food, and fantastic local brews, head on over to one of Asheville Brewing company's three locations. Their north Asheville location has patio seating all year round, and entrances are easily accessible, though it can get crowded inside at peak hours.

7. Biltmore Estate

You can’t have a list of Asheville destinations without this iconic estate. While the historic building limits accessibility to upper floors, that is about it; you can still tour a large chunk of the house. And this time of year, the grounds are coming into their own, making a visit to the garden worth it alone.

8. Botanical Gardens at Asheville

Whether you wander on your own or participate in a guided nature walk, this beautiful 10-acre botanical garden hosts plants native to the southern Appalachians. With many loop trails that are flat and paved, the garden is as easy to explore as it is beautiful and educational.

9. Southern Highland Craft Guild

Since 1930 the Southern Highland Craft Guild has fostered and exhibited the finest craftsmanship and artistry from makers in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You will find beautiful displays and exhibits to explore, a fine arts shop, and an array of events moving into the warmer months. 

If there is a craft you have always wanted to learn more about, it isn’t just static exhibits. Their hosted demonstrations and workshops are a great place to start. 

10. Asheville Greenway

You won’t have to go far to find one of Asheville’s many greenways. Honestly, there are too many to name. But the French Broad River Greenway is our top pick for its exceptional river views along its 2.8 miles of paved paths.

Specialized Shuttle Service to Accessible Attractions

When it comes to accessible locations, Asheville and the area around are spoiled for choices. For a few more outdoorsy options, you can read up on some more of our accessible hiking trails selections. Don’t let your disability prevent you from enjoying all that the area has to offer.

If you are headed out for a fun adventure around Asheville and need reliable transportation, Loyal Lifts provides chauffeur quality personal service. We will take you door to door in a custom luxury vehicle. 

We do it all, including:

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Hotel shuttle for the Grove Park Inn and other area hotels
  • Day excursions through downtown Asheville, Biltmore, or out to Lake Lure
  • Restaurants, sightseeing, shopping, and more!

We are locally owned and operated, so we know our way around Asheville and pride ourselves on the best service. 

If you would like to schedule your trip or get an estimate contact us online or give us a call at (828) 674-6471.