Here at Asheville Wellness Tours, our collective passion is to share the best of Asheville through the lens of wellness. We believe wellness can be lighthearted and fun (think: yoga hikes, burlesque dancing, and even wine tasting!), deep and meaningful (women’s circles, Tarot readings, cacao ceremonies), or anything in between! Our greatest joy is crafting experiences that encourage connection with yourself, others, and nature.
Take time for yourself, breathe deep, relax, and immerse in the beauty of our lovely Blue Ridge Mountains! Enjoy a 2 mile round trip hike along an easy/moderate trail to a mountaintop with stunning views plus an hour of yoga for all levels at the summit. An incredible way to relax into the wisdom and beauty of the Blue Ridge. We’ll bring the mats. You bring your spirit of adventure!
Take a moment away from the busyness of life to breathe in breathtaking vistas and enjoy an all-levels yoga session as the sun sets before you on the summit. Sunset Yoga Hikes are available any day of the week March – October and begin 2 hours prior to sunset.
In light of current circumstances, any hike you book with us will be set aside exclusively for you and your group…even if you’re a solo adventurer! Enjoy a unique way to practice self care and social distancing.
How Tough Is the Trail?
Total mileage = 2 miles. Easy/moderate
The hike begins with a forested, 1 mile steady (but not steep) incline with some switchbacks and a couple of sections that have stairs built into the earth. Once you’re at the summit, you’ll pause to settle in then enjoy a 45-60min yoga flow suitable for all levels. Finally, you’ll hike 1 mile along a steady (but not steep) downhill on a forest road that will complete the loop back to your car.
If you’re concerned about pacing or are a beginner hiker, no need to worry! We’re not in a rush or race and always encourage you to hike at your own pace. The guide will pause regularly along the way to share stories of the area and fun facts about nature. We keep our groups small so your guide can better personalize the experience and manage pacing according to the group.
What Should I Wear?
Wear any light, flexible, weather appropriate clothing that you’re comfortable moving your body in. I recommend synthetic, quick drying fabrics over cotton whenever possible. Closed toe shoes and a rainproof layer are critical.
Because the weather here can vary dramatically, dressing in layers will be your key to comfort. Remember that temperatures in the mountains can be 10-20 degrees cooler than in town so a warm, dry upper layer is always recommended even if it looks like a hot day. If you’re hiking in Spring, Fall or Winter, I also recommend bringing gloves and a winter hat just in case. Your rain jacket can double as a wind breaker. Ponchos are ok too!
Sun protection like sunscreen, hat, or long sleeves is critical year round as your yoga practice takes place on the sunny summit.
What Should I Bring?
I recommend bringing a small day bag for your personal items. Make sure to bring rain protection (rain jacket or poncho), a full water bottle, sun protection, and any critical medications.
Your instructor will provide a yoga mat and carrying strap for your comfort.
What About the Weather?
We will hike rain or shine so please check the weather and dress accordingly.
One important note about this adventure that I cannot stress enough: I encourage you to not allow a sketchy forecast dampen your spirits. The weather here is incredibly difficult to predict and we often enjoy sunny skies when rain is in the forecast or run into a heavy downpour when we expected bright sunshine. Our instructors are wonderful at adapting the practice to the weather and it’s all part of the adventure out here! It’s all part of the practice (and the fun) if you allow it to be!
If weather prevents practice while on the trail, your instructor will invite you to a cozy yoga studio immediately following the hike to wrap up your adventure with a lovely practice indoors.
If Asheville Wellness Tours cancels for any reason, we will either reschedule you or refund your purchase in full.
Your instructor will provide a yoga mat and carrying strap for your comfort.
How Do We Get There?
The trail is approximately 30 minutes SE from downtown Asheville.
You will receive detailed driving instructions in your confirmation email. You are responsible for getting yourself to/from the trailhead. It is important to note that, while an Uber/Lyft may bring you to the trail, they will NOT pick you up unless you make a special arrangement in advance.
After receiving your confirmation email, please take a look at your route and estimated travel time a day or two prior to your yoga hike so you know how to prepare. I also recommend snapping a screenshot of the directions before leaving town in case you lose cell service along the way. Driving in the mountains is different than cruising down the highway so assume the drive will take at least 10mins more than what Google Maps estimates just in case.
NOTE: the hike begins NO LATER than 10mins after start time. Parties who are 10+ mins late may be left behind and no refunds will be issued.
If you book a private Yoga Hike and would like to request transportation to/from the trail head, please contact us prior to your arrival to inquire about options. There are also a few Uber/Lyft drivers in town who are familiar with this hike and our company who will happily schedule a pick up and drop off with advance notice. We would be happy to put you in touch upon request.
How Many Hikers Can You Accommodate?
Public Hikes: we like to keep our public hikes small and intimate with a maximum group size of 15 and a minimum of 2 so you have plenty of opportunities to connect with other hikers or have space to connect with yourself.
Private Hikes: private yoga hikes are available year-round any day of the week for groups of 4-30. Larger groups may be accommodated at alternate locations upon request.
What Kinds of Groups Choose Yoga Hikes?
This is a great option for groups celebrating special occasions like birthdays, bachelorette parties, girls getaways, retirement, and family. A yoga hike is also a nice, creative outing for corporate groups interested in creative team building experiences or would like to balance a hectic meetings schedule with an opportunity to unplug and refocus.
Do I Need Prior Yoga Experience?
Nope! The yoga session is appropriate for all levels and is a great introduction to the practice and a sweet opportunity to stretch & move even if you haven’t tried it yet. All of our instructors are accustomed to teaching to varied levels of experience and will be happy to offer modifications and prompts throughout the class.
Who Is My Guide?
All guides hold a minimum 200hr yoga certification and a passion for sharing the story of Asheville and our stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Throughout the experience, please consider your local guide a resource! They love to chat about unique approaches to wellness, our wild natural world, and have allllll the recommendations for what to do around town.
Can I Bring My Kids?
Any children under the age of 18 will need a parent/guardian present to sign their liability waiver. For families with children 12 and younger, please contact us to schedule a Private Yoga Hike (minimum group size of 4 or flat fee of $196) any day of the week.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
COVID UPDATE: until further notice, full group cancellations more than 72 hrs prior to your scheduled experience are refundable minus a $5/person admin fee or you may choose a store credit for 100% of your purchase price. If individual members of your party need to cancel due to Covid, we will refund that group member in full provided minimums thresholds for group size are met. These minimums ensure all experience providers, guides, instructors, etc are paid a living wage for their work. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to be as flexible as possible.
Traditional Policy: Cancellations more than 14 days in advance of your travel dates are refundable minus a $10/person administrative fee plus any fees charged by our local partners. Cancellations from 14-0 days prior to travel are non-refundable.
Should I Tip My Guide?
Tips are never obligatory but are always appreciated. If you feel you had a wonderful experience, the average amount shared is $5-20/person.
Another way to show your appreciation is to share a review of your experience online and give your hardworking guide a shout-out. Your kind words mean more than you know!