Famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed the grounds at Biltmore with visitors in mind. Flowers, shrubbery, and trees were his brush strokes as he intended the landscape to resemble a “walk through painting.” If you are looking for an upscale adventure close to town come play on the meticulously manicured grounds of Biltmore.
What Makes It Great
Construction of George Vanderbilt’s 250-room French Renaissance chateau began in 1889. An entire community of craftsmen came together, over a six year period, to construct this architectural marvel. It is a well-known fact that Biltmore is the largest private residence ever constructed in the United States. It may however surprise you to learn that Biltmore hosts a variety of outdoor activities available to all guests and season pass holders.
The intricate beauty of Biltmore grounds is something that is best enjoyed “one step at a time.” Take a stroll through the meadows at Deer Park, amongst the estate’s noble forests, or along the placid French Broad River on Biltmore’s 22 miles of hiking trails. If you find yourself visiting in the warmer months, explore the labyrinth of Garden Trails which lead you through a variety of gardens adorned with a worldly display of flora.
Who is Going to Love It
Biltmore has a variety of activities for anyone: hiking, biking, horse back riding, and a Land Rover Ride-Along.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Access to outdoor activities at Biltmore is limited to pass holders, plan your visit and get your passes here.
Here is a free tip; if you are visiting and want to make the most out of a one day pass, purchase your ticket after 3pm and it will grant you access to the grounds for the following day as well. If you live in the Asheville area, take the plunge, buy a season pass and have year-round access to the outdoor wonders of Biltmore!
Featured image provided by Doug Letterman