Take time away in nature to breathe deep, relax, and immerse yourself in the beauty of our lovely Blue Ridge Mountains! Enjoy a 2-mile round trip hike along an easy/moderate trail to a mountaintop with stunning views. Once there, we’ll share an hour of yoga for all levels at the summit.
We’ll bring the mats. You bring your spirit of adventure!
Private hikes available daily
We’re happy to reserve any hike exclusively for you and your group…even if you’re a solo adventurer! Practice self-care and social distancing in the stunning scenery we have on our doorstep here in Asheville.
Your safety and the safety of our guides and community is of the utmost importance. To that end, we’ve taken a close look at our policies and procedures and have updated protocols for each tour, service, and experience we offer.
The following points are specific to Yoga Hikes:
Concerned about joining a public hike? No worries! Private hikes for your group are available daily pending guide availability.
No need to worry about being in enclosed transportation with folks outside of your household. All parties arrive separately and meet at the trail head.
Social distancing is a breeze in outdoor spaces. Our guides are a friendly bunch but will refrain from hugging, hand shaking, or getting close unless necessary (injury, first aid, etc). If you encounter other folks on the trail, the guide will encourage the group to step to the side, allowing plenty of room for other hikers to pass. You’ll find plenty of room to spread out on the mountain top. Enjoy the spaciousness!
For the time being, we recommend that you bring your own mat, blanket, sheet, or towel for yoga practice. This is for your comfort and for the safety of our guides. We do, however, have mats and carrying straps available upon request with advance notice. If you’re borrowing our equipment, you can rest easy knowing we sanitize all equipment before and after each hike and will provide sanitizing wipes for your use as well.
We’re committed to doing our part to care for our employees, community, and guests and we cannot do it alone. As part of our shared responsibility, we expect you to: communicate clearly with us regarding any health concerns you may have; if you feel ill, have Covid related symptoms, or have recently cared for someone with Covid-19, please stay home and alert us 24hrs or more in advance when possible (we will issue you a refund in full); be patient with, understanding, and supportive of new procedures in place. These policies are meant to keep all involved as safe as possible and to support our business in remaining open!
Total mileage = 2 miles. Easy/moderate
The hike begins with a forested, 1 mile steady (but not steep) incline with some switchbacks and a couple of sections that have stairs built into the earth. Once you’re at the summit, you’ll pause to settle in then enjoy a 45-60min yoga flow suitable for all levels. Finally, you’ll hike 1 mile along a steady (but not steep) downhill on a forest road that will complete the loop back to your car.
If you’re concerned about pacing or are a beginner hiker, no need to worry! We’re not in a rush or race and always encourage you to hike at your own pace. The guide will pause regularly along the way to share stories of the area and fun facts about nature. We keep our groups small so your guide can better personalize the experience and manage pacing according to the group.
Wear any light, flexible, weather appropriate clothing that you’re comfortable moving your body in. I recommend synthetic, quick drying fabrics. Avoid cotton at all costs! Closed toe shoes and a rainproof layer are critical.
Because the weather here can vary dramatically, dressing in layers will be your key to comfort. Remember that temperatures in the mountains can be 10-20 degrees cooler than in town so a warm, dry upper layer is always recommended even if it looks like a hot day. If you’re hiking in Spring, Fall or Winter, I also recommend bringing gloves and a winter hat just in case. Your rain jacket can double as a wind breaker. Ponchos are ok too!
Sun protection like sunscreen, hat, or long sleeves is critical year round as your yoga practice takes place on the sunny summit.
I recommend bringing a small day bag for your personal items. Make sure to bring rain protection (rain jacket or poncho), a full water bottle, sun protection, and any critical medications.
Your instructor will provide a yoga mat and carrying strap for your comfort.
We will hike rain or shine so please check the forecast, dress accordingly, and bring your adventurous spirit! Sometimes, weather may prevent us from holding a yoga practice while on the trail. In those cases, the following will apply:
If Asheville Wellness Tours cancels for any reason, we will refund your purchase in full or reschedule you if you prefer.
One important note about this adventure that I cannot stress enough: I encourage you to not allow a sketchy forecast dampen your spirits. The weather here is incredibly difficult to predict and we often enjoy sunny skies when rain is in the forecast or run into a heavy downpour when we expected bright sunshine. Our instructors are wonderful at adapting the practice to the weather and it’s all part of the adventure out here! It’s all part of the practice (and the fun) if you allow it to be!
Remember that cancellations more than 72hrs prior to your scheduled experience are refundable minus a $10/person admin fee or you may choose a store credit for 100% of your purchase price and try again at a later date. If you’re looking at the forecast and dreading the adventure, you still have options! Out of respect for your guide’s time, cancellations between 0-72 hrs prior to your experience are non-refundable.
The trail is approximately 40 minutes SE from downtown Asheville.
You will receive detailed driving instructions in your confirmation email. You are responsible for getting yourself to/from the trailhead. It is important to note that, while an Uber/Lyft may bring you to the trail, they will NOT pick you up from the trail head. If you do not have transportation, we recommend reaching out to AVL Ride several days in advance of your arrival. The team there is familiar with the trailhead and will pre-arrange round trip transportation for some of the most reasonable rates in town.
After receiving your confirmation email, please take a look at your route and estimated travel time a day or two prior to your yoga hike so you know how to prepare. I also recommend snapping a screenshot of the directions before leaving town in case you lose cell service along the way. Driving in the mountains is different than cruising down the highway so assume the drive will take at least 10mins more than what Google Maps estimates just in case.
NOTE: the hike begins NO LATER than 10mins after start time. Parties who are 10+ mins late may be left behind and no refunds will be issued.
Public Hikes: we like to keep our public hikes small and intimate with a maximum group size of 15 and a minimum of 2 so you have plenty of opportunities to connect with other hikers or have space to connect with yourself.
Private Hikes: private yoga hikes are available year-round any day of the week for groups of 4-30. Larger groups may be accommodated at alternate locations upon request.
This is a great option for groups celebrating special occasions like birthdays, bachelorette parties, girls getaways, retirement, and family. A yoga hike is also a nice, creative outing for corporate groups interested in creative team building experiences or would like to balance a hectic meetings schedule with an opportunity to unplug and refocus.
Nope! The yoga session is appropriate for all levels and is a great introduction to the practice and a sweet opportunity to stretch & move even if you haven’t tried it yet. All of our instructors are accustomed to teaching to varied levels of experience and will be happy to offer modifications and prompts throughout the class.
All guides hold a minimum 200hr yoga certification and a passion for sharing the story of Asheville and our stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Throughout the experience, please consider your local guide a resource! They love to chat about unique approaches to wellness, our wild natural world, and have allllll the recommendations for what to do around town.
Any children under the age of 18 will need a parent/guardian present to sign their liability waiver. For families with children 12 and younger, please contact us to schedule a Private Yoga Hike (minimum group size of 4 or flat fee of $196) any day of the week.
Cancellations more than 72 hrs prior to your scheduled experience are refundable minus a $10/person admin fee plus any fees charged by our local partners or you may choose a store credit for 100% of your purchase price. Cancellations between 0-72 hrs prior to your experience are non-refundable.
NOTE: If you booked a private yoga hike and individual members of your party need to cancel due to Covid, we will refund the group member/s in full provided minimum thresholds for group size are met (ie: we have a minimum charge of $260 for private yoga hikes). These minimums ensure all experience providers, guides, instructors, etc are paid a living wage for their work. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to remain as flexible as possible in uncertain times!
Tips are never obligatory but are always appreciated. If you feel you had a wonderful experience, the average amount shared is $5-20/person.
Another way to show your appreciation is to share a review of your experience online and give your hardworking guide a shout-out. Your kind words mean more than you know! You can find us on TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook, and Yelp