Nature, trails

UTV & Hiking Trails

With forested mountains, dramatic ridgelines, pure streams and rivers, and acre upon acre of preserved land held in conversation, Little Pine and French Broad Crossing are both natural wonders. Throughout each are a number of trials and scenic paths—on UTV or by foot—that are perfect for exploration and adventure, with numerous landmarks along the way. Whether it’s for exercise, sightseeing, or simple recreation, our trails beckon multiple outings amidst nature’s splendor.


Grassland Mountain

This is one of the most extraordinary mountaintops in all of Western North Carolina. At 4,200 feet, there are panoramic views in every direction. Unlike many ridgelines at that elevation, Grassland Mountain is a vast expanse of wide-open meadows that are accented with apple orchards, blackberry fields, and primitive cabins. Whether on foot, on horseback, or in an UTV/ATV vehicle, families and friends can explore dozens of magical acres that are sequestered from the world below.


Apple Orchard & Blackberry Fields

High atop Grassland Mountain resides a whole new world waiting to be discovered. Gently rolling, bald hills reveal nature’s summer bounty in the form of wild blackberries, and in the fall, an apple orchard featuring a number of delicious varieties. The apples and blackberries have grown for generations atop the mountain, as much of a seasonal constant as the cool summer evenings and autumn sunsets.