1. The Accessible Blue Ridge Mountains
We don’t always think of mountains as “accessible,” but fortunately, the great Blue Ridge Mountains can be easier to navigate for folks with physical disabilities and limitations. The majority of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s visitor centers and picnic areas are accessible, as are many trails. Try:
- Price Lake. The first 0.07 miles are wheelchair accessible, and there is also accessible fishing on Price Lake and Boone Fork Creek.
- Peaks of Otter. This resort is a great accessible place to spend a few days in the beautiful North Carolina landscape. They have also built accessible trails for your enjoyment.
- Cradle of Forestry. The Adventure Zone at the Cradle of Forestry Historic Site was designed for adults and children with autism. But it offers hands-on activities that are appropriate for any age. All you need is a love of the outdoors and curiosity about the natural world.
- Waterfalls. There is no shortage of waterfalls in our area, and there are great accessible options, including Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and Looking Glass Falls. Learn more about viewing accessible waterfalls here.
2. Enjoy the Biltmore
The lovely Biltmore Estate is a must-see for every Asheville visitor and resident. If you have mobility challenges, that does not mean you need to miss out. The awe-inspiring Walled Garden and Conservatory are both ADA accessible, as are the first two levels of the elegant Biltmore House. If you are not able to go to the third floor or basement or into certain gardens (which may not be accessible because of their historic status), you can view their features via video. Restrooms are, of course, accessible for guests, and there are accommodations for those who are hard of hearing.
Because you may not be able to access all of the House or the Gardens, the Biltmore offers a reduced price admission ticket. There is still plenty to take in, and there are also accessible shuttles.
3. Experience the Arts
Asheville is home to many diverse art galleries, museums, and theaters, many of which are fully accessible. We recommend:
- The Folk Art Center
- The Asheville Art Museum
- Asheville Museum of Science
- Grovewood Village
- Fine Arts Theater
- Asheville Community Theatre
Before seeing a show or event, please contact the venue. Most Asheville businesses are accessible and happy to accommodate their guests. It’s best to make sure, though, so they can help make your visit a success.
*Note: Due to COVID-19, many arts-related businesses are closed. Some of our museums, though, are offering at-home experiences. Check out their websites for some accessible culture, learning, and fun!
4. Shop, Shop, Shop!
If you love to shop, you are in luck. We have Asheville Outlets, the Asheville Mall, and plenty of other eclectic local shops from which to choose. You will certainly want to visit the arts district to browse accessible galleries and shops. You can find unique gifts and your new favorite conversion piece for your home.
Well, after a long day of exploring Asheville, you’ve worked up an appetite! Our favorite restaurants offer amazing menus, service, and accessibility. Try:
- Asheville Brewing Company
- Biscuit Head
- Buxton Hall BBQ
- Chupacabra Latin Cafe
- Farm Burger
- The Lobster Trap
… and our other great options!
Age, physical disabilities, or mobility limitations should not keep you from doing what you love, exploring new sights, and experiencing the best that Asheville, North Carolina has to offer. Loyal Lifts is a fully accessible transportation solution that will make your journey as comfortable and convenient as possible. We’ll take you to all of the hot spots so you can enjoy a fantastic - accessible - adventure! Contact us to schedule your ride.