The World Equestrian Games are coming to Tryon, North Carolina, just south of Asheville. This two-week event is the major international championship for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, and reining.
More than 500,000 spectators are expected to attend the games, which gives people a chance to explore the surrounding areas and see what makes Western North Carolina so special. If you’re attending the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, here are a few ideas for what you can do when you’re not watching ‘The Greatest Equestrian Show On Earth’.
Hike To A Waterfall
There are thousands of waterfalls in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and sometimes it can feel like a challenge to find a hiking trail that doesn’t have a waterfall on it. For a great list of the most popular waterfalls, visit WNCWaterfalls.info, and make sure to check our our favorites, including Linville Falls, the most photographed falls in North Carolina, Looking Glass Falls, a popular swimming spot, Sliding Rock, where you can slide down the natural waterslide, and Skinny Dip Falls, where you can jump off a rock into the cool mountain waters – with your bathing suit on, of course!
Follow The Cheese Trail
Spend the day exploring the country roads of Western North Carolina on the WNC Cheese Trail, and sample some of the south’s best cheeses, directly from the cheesemakers themselves. You can try cow and goat milk cheese, fresh to aged, pasteurized and raw, from artisan and farmstead producers. These are small businesses, so it’s good to contact the farms before visiting to make sure they are open and accepting visitors at the time you plan to visit, but the cheesemaking community in WNC is vibrant and growing, so it’s a delicious way to check out the local area.
Zip Through The Trees
There are a few zip line tours in Western North Carolina, but our recommendation would be Navitat Canopy Adventures, a world-class eco-adventure with huge zip lines that criss-cross through a secluded 242-acre mountain cove with 1,200 feet of elevation change. Navitat has been named one of the best zip line tours in the country, and features zip lines up to 350 feet high, from 360 feet to 3,600 feet long, and speeds up to 65 mph! There’s even a side-by-side zip line where you can zip alongside friends or family to share the experience together. In addition to the zip line tour, your day includes rappeling, suspended sky bridges, and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Stop By A Brewery
Western North Carolina is known for having more breweries per capita than any place in the country, so it’s no surprise that people love their beer here! You can start the Asheville Ale Trail with a brewery tour to get up close and personal with the entire brewing process, then sample tastings of a wide variety of local beer styles. If you’re ready for something a little different, there are also a few local cider companies that have recently opened up and are making some amazing ciders! If you’re looking to visit a few different breweries, give us a call and schedule one of our Brewery Tours, where you can leave the driving up to us, and we’ll make sure you get there and back safely and comfortably.
Summit the East’s Highest Peak
There are plenty of amazing hikes in the Western North Carolina area, but if you want to bag a mountaintop, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in the East, at 6,684 feet. You can park near the summit and walk up if you just want to check out the views, or hike the three-quarter-mile Balsam Nature Trail for a more involved experience. If you want to add a little extra difficulty, you can also hike the 4.3-mile Deep Gap Trail nearby, which rewards you with panoramic views atop the neighboring Mount Craig, the East’s second highest peak. For more hiking options, check out AshevilleTrails.com, where you’ll find details on some of our other favorite hikes, like Craggy Gardens, Graveyard Fields, and Max Patch, where you’ll cross paths with the famous Appalachian Trail.