Six Things You Need to Know About Asheville, NC Part 1
The highest city of its size east of the Mississippi, Asheville, NC is home to culture, industry, and stunning natural resources. Asheville Area Transportation Services has had the pleasure of shuttling thousands of people across our beautiful city and region. Whether you are traveling here for work or leisure, below is part one of our two-part series: Six Things You Need to Know About Asheville.
1) Asheville is Growing Rapidly
Like its Carolina neighbors, Charlotte and Raleigh, NC, and Greenville, SC, Asheville is growing rapidly. Since 2000, over twenty thousand new residents moved to the city. In the same time-frame, Buncombe and Henderson Counties combined have welcome 60,000 newcomers. With all the amenities of a major metropolitan area, and small towns with their own stories and cultures, the secret is out about Asheville.
2) Asheville's Economy is Rising Steadily
As new companies move to the city, and existing businesses expand, new jobs are added to Asheville every month. Eleven companies employ over 1,000 or more people, including:
- Mission Health System
- Ingles Markets Incorporated
- The Biltmore Company
- The Asheville VA Medical System
- The Eaton Corporation
Our city features a balance of large corporations and small businesses. According to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, “96% of establishments in the Asheville Metro have fewer than 50 employees.” Some of the small and medium size businesses that make up the heart of the city include:
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
- Mast General Store
- Tupelo Honey Café
- High Five Coffee Bar
- The Hop Ice Cream Cafe
- Wicked Weed Brewery Pub
Start-up entrepreneurs and established corporations are attracted to Asheville’s beauty and culture. As the economy and population grow, Asheville is becoming an increasingly important southern metropolitan area.
3) Asheville is Home to Amazing Outdoor Activities
If you can think of an outdoor activity, Asheville has more of it than you can see in one visit.
- Hiking: Asheville is home to hundreds of hiking trails. Within two hours of city center you can ascend mile high mountains (Mitchell, Craggy, Pisgah), enjoy short leisurely lake loops (Lake Lure), climb unique rock formations (Chimney), and step on the famous Appalachian Trail.
- Mountain Biking: Bent Creek, Dupont, and Tsali are famous, world class mountain biking areas, drawing visitors from all over the world.
- Rafting: From leisurely river-tubing, to whitewater rafting, the French Broad, Ivy, and Swannanoa rivers wind through the Asheville area. Fly fishermen also enjoy the rivers and cold water streams scattered throughout the region.
- Waterfalls: Nearby Brevard in Transylvania county is home to more waterfalls than any other region on the east coast. You can even slide down the waterfall yourself at Sliding Rock and Turtle Back Falls.
- Spectacular Views: The Blue Ridge Parkway traverses Asheville. Visitors can drive either direction and find spectacular panoramic views almost a mile above sea level.
This article is not at all exhaustive. Visitors and residents find it is almost impossible to experience all Asheville has to offer. In our next post we will discuss three more things you need to know about the city.
If you are traveling to Western North Carolina, Asheville Area Transportation Services provides the highest quality corporate and event transportation. We work hard to ensure the details of your trip are meticulously planned, so you can enjoy all our city has to offer.