Black Balsam is a short and sweet hike with absolutely magical views. It is a grassy bald that just rolls on and has views all around. Bonus, wild flowers and wild berries depending on the time of year! Total hiking is under two miles and you don’t have to do the whole hike if that is more than you were hoping for. It is relatively close to Asheville (about an hour off) so you can get in and out of town easily. PS Apple Maps hates black balsam knob so always use google to find your way there. I learned that lesson for you 😉
Hiking Wedding Location #2: Craggy Gardens
Craggy Gardens is the closest to Asheville at under an hour away! Ceremonies don’t take place at the top but it’s still a gorgeous place and then you can make the hike up before or after for a little adventure on your big day. Depending on the time of year you can hike through rhododendron caves up to amazing views, gorgeous crags and secret green spaces all tucked away! I mean just look at this. The fog rolled in and stole our views but daaammmmnnnn it looks like a tropical paradise instead <3
Hiking Wedding Location #3: Hidden Treasures off the Blue Ridge Parkway
There are so many magical locations along the parkway, too many to list. That’s why it is best to work with a local photographer who hikes these areas regularly and can let you in on the best secret spots! Hikes can range from quick half mile hikes to 3+ miles depending on what kind of adventure is the right fit for you. There are rolling knobs or big epic crags all waiting to be your special spot to say your vows! The more hidden the more intimate and magical <3
Hiking Wedding Location #4 & #5: Roan Highlands or Max Patch
ok ok I know I said North Carolina but these two are both just over the border in TN. 1-1.5 hours away from Asheville and both are absolutely magical. Whether its a sunset in the summer or a snowy foggy ceremony in March you will be in for a treat with either of these. Both are right along the Appalachian Trail! Max Patch is down a loooooong gravel road, which is a fun adventure all on it’s own!
Bonus Location: Jockey’s Ridge State Park
You actually prefer the beach to the mountains? Don’t worry the dunes at Jockey’s Ridge are absolutely magical and are the perfect backdrop for your epic day. Adventure around the park and watch a magical sunset, roll down the dunes if you’re feeling real crazy. Either way NC is magical from east to west and there is a little something out there for everyone.