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Great picnic hikes in Asheville?

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jazzy77 Apr 23, 2008 07:48 PM

We're heading to Asheville at the beginning of May and want to take my husband and dog on a picnic hike.

Where are the best places to get great picnic food in Asheville? I would prefer to get it near the downtown area....

I've heard that Max Patch out near Hot Springs is a nice hike with a great view - any other suggestions for great lunchtime views?

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    miss piggy RE: jazzy77 Apr 24, 2008 04:45 AM

    Earth Fare and Greenlife are both larger natural food grocery stores (not as big as a Whole Foods, but same concept) and both have great pre-made salads, entrees, sandwiches and snacks perfect for a picnic. Both are near downtown. 28806 Deli is about 5 minutes from downtown and has the best specialty sandwiches in town, in my opinion (try the Southwest Club). They could pack them up to go.

    Graveyard Fields is a popular hike near mile 418 or so off the Parkway that is fairly easy to do and leads you to 2 nice waterfalls. There are not vista views per se, but you'll see plenty off the drive on the Parkway, and there are lots of nice spots to picnic along the river or on the large, flat rocks at the base of the Upper Falls.

    I think there are some decent places to eat in Hot Springs as well - you may want to try a search.

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      leahinsc RE: jazzy77 Apr 24, 2008 05:51 AM

      There is actually a restaurant/shop called Picnics on Merrimon ave (very close to downtown) that does great chicken, ribs, turkey, salads, sides, desserts....and I believe they will pack up a basket for you.
      I agree w/ the idea of 28806 for great sandwiches.
      There are so many great places to hike around here...you should probably look at the Blue Ridge Parkway site.

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        pilches RE: jazzy77 Apr 24, 2008 06:23 AM

        Those are very good food recs for a picnic, but dogs are not allowed on most hiking trails along the Parkway and in the Park. You should check on the Smoky/Blue Ridge website before you go.

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          Scirocco RE: pilches Apr 24, 2008 06:36 AM

          We have always hiked with our dog on the trails and after reading that post, was wondering if we breaking some rules! Did a little research and dogs ARE allowed on Blue Ridge Pkwy (except Great Smokey Mtn part), Pisgah Forest, and Nantahala trails. See link for more info: http://www.hikewithyourdog.com/Articl... They must be leashed though. Glad to know I wasn't being a scofflaw!!

          I like "Picnics" on Merrimon too, although depending on what you get, it can get a little pricey.

          Have fun - it's a great area to hike!!!

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          leahinsc RE: jazzy77 Apr 24, 2008 06:44 AM

          Another idea is to drive up to Weaverville and stop at Well Bred on Main St.for Sandwiches, beer, wine, great bread and desserts. Or Maggie B's where they also make sandwiches(and sell wine and beer) and also on Main St. and then to head on out to Hot Springs (about 30 min) or drive up Reems Creek Rd to Ox Creek and that takes you to a beautiful trail that winds along the Parkway (w/ views)

          1. leanpig RE: jazzy77 Apr 27, 2008 01:25 PM

            Pearson Falls is a nice hike in Saluda (we usually stop at the BBQ place there). Great photo op at the waterfall at the end. You can google it to get info. Another nice hike (not sure if animals are allowed) would be Dupont Forest in Brevard (I have no idea about food in Brevard except for Subway). There are also the trails in Bent Creek.

            1. danna RE: jazzy77 Apr 28, 2008 01:43 PM

              If I wanted to buy picnic food near downtown, i'd probably go to Blue Moon and get sandwiches, or Salsa for burritos...although you'd have to forego the beans and rice, or Picnic's for roast chicken.

              Unless you've hiked Pisgah enough to be bored w/ all the trails, I see no need to drive to Hot Springs. BTW, I've hiked and biked all over the place near Asheville and I've never heard of a trail closed to dogs.

              On second thought, maybe I'd just go to Greenlife and buy cheese, fruit and a baguette. Yum. And chocolate covered almonds for dessert.

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                jazzy77 RE: danna Apr 28, 2008 02:08 PM

                I'm centering my search on Hot Springs because my husband wants to spend time soaking in them.... I want to spend lots of time outdoors, so I'm trying to merge both of our interests.

                Your lunch sounds great - that was along the lines of what I was thinking....

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                  leahinsc RE: jazzy77 Apr 28, 2008 06:43 PM

                  I'll vote again to steer you to Weaverville to Well Bred (great sandwiches) or Maggie B's. Or you could get really good bread and a dessert at Well Bred and buy other ingredients like organic fruit, lunch meat, cheeses and even a large high end wine selection and a Starbuck's at the large Ingles on Weaver Blvd - from there it is a straight shot out to Hot Springs - about 35-40min.

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                    danna RE: leahinsc Apr 29, 2008 08:40 AM

                    I'll second Well Bred. nice sandwiches, good bread, ridiculous desserts. Carrot cake and the english toffee spring to mind.

                    Make a reservation for the tubs at Hot Springs...we missed out because of that.

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