Asheville is a Blue Ridge Mountain Wonderland
Asheville is a beautiful mountain community nestled between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. It is a rare place that balances urban character with natural beauty. Its vibrant restaurant scene, rich architectural legacy, unique shops, thriving art community, historical attractions and diverse outdoor adventures give it the spirit of a year-round resort. It is an outdoor playground, with so much to do and so much natural beauty to see, that it’s no wonder so many locals started out as tourists.
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Asheville offers hikers outstanding scenery with breathtaking views from the highest ridgelines east of the Mississippi river. The wide range of hiking opportunities is one of the main attractions to hikers of all levels of experience. Among the attractions hikers can expect to find are:
- Ridgeline and urban trails
- Over 200 waterfalls in the mountains
- Mountaintop locations with 360 degree views
- Swimming holes and wading pools
Check out THESE GREAT HIKING Trails near Asheville, NC.
Asheville provides a number of opportunities to observe wildlife.
Southcliff provides its residents a channel of introduction to the Country Club of Asheville where golf, tennis, and swimming are among the activities offered. Membership at the Country Club of Asheville is subject to approval by the Country Club Committee. For more information, give us a call at 828-301-7797.
For the chance to see cougars, bears and white-tailed deer, visit Grandfather Mountain. Other ways to enjoy the region’s many natural gifts:
- Watch elk graze in Cataloochee Valley
- Observe the annual monarch migration at Hop’n Blueberry Farm
- Cruise down the Blue Ridge Parkway to observe a wide range of wildlife
- Visit the WNC Nature Center to watch playful otters
- Go birding in Chimney Rock State Park for sightings of warblers, owls and rare Peregrine Falcons
Learn about native plants at the Botanical Gardens
There are more than 700 species of native and exotic plants. Among them are trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, herbs, grasses, sedges, aquatic plants, ferns, mosses, and lichens.
Arts and Entertainment
There is Lots to Do in Asheville
- Shindig on the Green on Saturday nights in the summer for music and folk dancing
- Dancing at the drum circle in Pritchard Park on Friday nights
- Summer Shakespeare performances every weekend at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater
- Free theater under the stars in the summer
- First Friday Art Walks from April to December
- River Arts District is the location of numerous art studios found in old factories and historic buildings
- Asheville Art Museum
- Biltmore House
- Folk Art Center
- NC Arboretum
- Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
- Wine bars
- Sidewalk cafes
- Coffee shops
- Live music in local clubs
- Fine cuisine
Whether you are hosting a small get-together or a large party, Asheville has a wide range of resources to make your at-home entertaining easy. Services such as planning the menu, sending invitations, buying ingredients, cooking, serving and cleaning are all available to help you throw a great party. You can be as involved in the process as you want. These services are there to help you feel relaxed and allow you to focus on your guests and the experience of being surrounded by friends eating good food.
A.C. Reynolds, an award-winning high school!
Southcliff is located within the Buncombe County school district. A.C. Reynolds High School, which is one of the largest high schools in Asheville, is located in this district. It is a North Carolina School of Distinction and was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School. The following are among the distinctions they have received:
A.C. Reynolds was ranked among the top 10 high schools in North Carolina in 2013 by the U.S. News & World Report .
- Their Symphonic Winds Ensemble and Chorale were extended an invitation in 2008 to be good-will ambassadors and cultural representatives to the People’s Republic of China by the US-China Cultural and Educational Foundation.
- Their football team was 4-A NC State Champions in 1999, 2002 & 2009.
Other District Schools
Fairview Elementary School
Cane Creek Middle School
AC Reynolds High School
The Asheville School
Carolina Day School
Veritas Christian Academy
Asheville Christian Academy
Asheville-Buncombe Technical College
Mars Hills College
Warren Wilson College