The Barn at Paint Fork
The Barn at Paint Fork is a unique venue located in the mountains of Northern Buncombe County, North Carolina. Everyone likes to get together with their friends, cut loose, celebrate or just remember days gone by. So if you like wearing your jeans everywhere, hanging out by the fire, sitting on the porch with friends or just being with good people, The Barn at Paint Fork is your kind of place.
Soar From The Trees
Take in the mountain views from the top of the forest canopy. Asheville offers multiple zipline courses that will have you soaring through the sky. Or, try kayaking in mid-air, harnessed to a cable three-stories high, then climb a rock wall suspended in a mammoth oak tree at North Carolina’s first full scale aerial adventure course, Asheville Treetops Adventure Park, just minutes from downtown.
Ride the rivers
Asheville is home to some of the best whitewater adventures in the southeast. Cruise the multiple rivers surrounding Asheville by raft, tube, canoe, kayak and more. Want to try something different? Asheville offers a ton of adventures you’re not likely to find anywhere else. Perform yoga on a stand-up paddle board as you float down the French Broad River, or paddle whitewater on a Bellyak, a locally designed watercraft that makes getting on the river quick and easy.
A family vacation to Asheville wouldn’t be complete without a water adventure. Hike to a waterfall, paddle a river, fish a remote stream, or just watch and listen. Refreshing and clear, you will see why the scenic waterways of Western North Carolina are, as many locals believe, sacred and purifying. Oh, and fun! Visit the prized waterfalls of film at DuPont State Forest or wade over age-old wedges of polished rock on the crooked waterways in Panthertown Valley.
From urban to wild Asheville has multiple ways for the family to cool off. Take a ride down Sliding Rock, a 60-foot natural waterslide or splash around Pack Square Park in Splasheville, an interactive water feature in downtown Asheville.
Top 5 creeks to wade, swim and explore:
- Little River—Take a dip below one of dozens of waterfalls at DuPont State Forest that are so impressive you’ll hardly notice the chill.
- Davidson River—Float down in a tube, cast a fly, or dream along this broad watershed of the Pisgah National Forest.
- Bent Creek—Hike or cycle to the perfect spot on the creek on this favorite destination just minutes from downtown.
- Skinny Dip Falls, Yellowstone Prong of the Big East Fork—A cascading stream with a five star swimming hole and just a short stroll from the Parkway.
- Headwaters of the Tuckaseegee River, Panthertown Valley—The creeks, granite domes, and bogs here offer a lifetime of footpaths, streams and waterfalls to explore .