Day Tripping: West Asheville, NC

West AshevilleAn easy day trip from East Fork Ranch is West Asheville. This mostly residential neighborhood is just west of downtown and where lots of the Asheville residents call home. Once known as “Worst Asheville”, the last 10 years has brought lots of revitalization to the neighborhood as young professionals, retiree’s, and families alike continue to buy houses in the area to fix up and call home.

Haywood Road, the main drag through West Asheville, is 3+ miles long from the Patton Ave intersection to Ridgelawn Ave intersection (also known as Beechum’s Curve). This flat and very walkable street is dotted with some of Asheville’s best coffee houses, restaurants, shops and places to play. Want to know where the locals hang out, this is the area to check out.

Some of our favorites spots include:

Food and Drinks In West Asheville
Altamont Brewing – 1042 Haywood Rd.
Oyster House Brewing – 625 Haywood Rd.
Sunny Point Café – 626 Haywood Rd.
Biscuit Head — 733 Haywood Rd.
WALK – 401 Haywood Rd.
Lucky Otter – 630 Haywood Rd.
Universal Joint – 784 Haywood Rd.
Nine Mile – 751 Haywood Rd.
King Daddy’s – 444 Haywood Rd.
The Admiral – 400 Haywood Rd.
Buffalo Nickel – 747 Haywood Rd.
Isis Restaurant and Music Hall – 743 Haywood Rd.
Bonfire BBQ – 1056 Patton Ave
The Brew Pump – 760 Haywood Rd.
Urban Orchard — 210 Haywood Rd.

Coffee, Tea and Sweets In West Asheville
West End Bakery – 757 Haywood Rd
Izzy’s — 976 Haywood Rd.
Dobra Tea — 707 Haywood Rd.
The Hop — 721 Haywood Rd.
Battle Cat Café — 373 Haywood Rd.
Short Street Cakes – 225 Haywood Rd.

Shopping In West Asheville
Harvest Records – 415 Haywood Rd
Whist – 444 Haywood Rd. #102
Second Gear — 444 Haywood Rd. #102
Reciprocity – 732 Haywood Rd.
The Dry Goods Shop – 474 Haywood Rd.
Villagers – 278 Haywood Rd.
Haywood Game and Comics – 600 Haywood Rd
Orbit DVD – 781 Haywood Rd.
The Littlest Birds – 647 Haywood Rd.
The Guitar Trader — 732 Haywood Rd
Twice Around Vintage – 667 Haywood Rd.
Jenny Threads – 915 Haywood Rd #103
Patton Ave. Pet Company – 1388 Patton Ave.

Playing In West Asheville
West Asheville is home to two very awesome parks, Malvern Hills and Carrier Park. Malvern Hills Park is tucked away in a neighborhood and features a kid’s play area, small walking loop and a public pool. Carrier Park stretches for miles along the French Broad River and connects to other Greenway’s making it even larger (Over 4 miles of walking paths along the river bank). Carrier Park also features numerous put in for tubing and kayaking down the river, a popular summertime activity. For more information on these visit the Asheville City Govt website.

Smoky Mountain Adventure Center – 173 Amboy Road (Kayak and tube rentals, climbing wall, and cafe)
Sky Lanes Bowling – 1477 Patton Ave / http://www.skylanesasheville.com/

Getting To West Asheville

There are a couple routes. The fastest route from East Fork Ranch is taking interstate 40 East to exit 44. If you want to take a scenic route we suggest hoping on the Blue Ridge Park and head North. You will get off the BRP near mile marker 394. Look for the signs to The North Carolina Arboretum. This route take you to 191 (Brevard Road). Take a left on Brevard Rd. and go approximately 5 miles. Brevard Rd will intersect with Haywood Road in the heart of West Asheville (look for Biscuit Head on the corner).

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