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Must-do Activities in WNC during May


Western North Carolina is a treasure trove of adventure and tranquility, especially during the month of May.

group of people in a rubber boat rafting on some rapids


The weather is just perfect—not too hot, not too cold—making it ideal for all sorts of outdoor activities. If you find yourself in this picturesque corner of the world, here are some must-do activities to make the most of your May visit.


Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains

May is the perfect time to hit the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains. The spring blooms are in full display, and the weather is just right for hiking.


Whether you’re looking for a leisurely walk or a challenging hike to a breathtaking overlook, these mountains have it all. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the synchronized fireflies display, a natural phenomenon that occurs for a short time in late May and early June.


Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway

Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, famously known as America’s favorite drive. The Parkway stretches across 469 miles, offering stunning views of the Appalachian Highlands.


In May, the rhododendrons begin to bloom, painting the landscape in vibrant hues of pink and purple. There are plenty of overlooks and picnic spots where you can stop, soak in the views, and maybe enjoy a local picnic.


Whitewater Rafting on the Nantahala River

For the thrill-seekers, whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River is a must. The river offers class II and III rapids, making it suitable for beginners and families, as well as those looking for a bit of adventure. The water can be a bit chilly, but it’s incredibly refreshing, especially on a warm May day.


Visit Biltmore Estate

No visit to Western North Carolina is complete without a day spent at the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home. In May, the gardens are in full bloom, with colors and fragrances that are sure to dazzle your senses.


Take a tour of the house, then spend some time wandering the 8,000-acre estate, which includes gardens, a winery, and breathtaking scenery.


Attend a Local Festival

May is a time of celebration in Western North Carolina, with numerous festivals and events taking place. From the Asheville Beer Week to the Mountain Sports Festival, there’s something for everyone. These festivals are a great way to experience the local culture, enjoy live music, and sample some of the region’s best food and drink.


Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences, Western North Carolina has something to offer everyone in May. Just be sure to bring a sense of adventure and a willingness to explore all the beauty and excitement this area has to offer.


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