Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
The 500,000+ acre Pisgah National Forest is nestled within the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, a short drive from both the Great Smoky Mountains and Asheville's bustling food, beer, and music scene. Adventurous Southerners have been flocking to the serene year-round forest for decades, soaking up the area's many hiking, whitewater rafting, sightseeing, climbing, and camping -- and drinking -- options. For optimal brewery (and greater Asheville) positioning, pitch your tent beside Pisgah's deliriously captivating Catawba Falls.
Pisgah Brewing Company
150 Eastside Dr, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Black Mountain's Pisgah Brewing Company pays homage to its stunning national forest neighbor, where the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains come together in gorgeous harmony. The 100% organic craft brewery is just a 20-minute drive down I-40 from the Catawba Falls campground (a primo spot for RV, car, cabin, and tent camping) and offers free tours every Saturday afternoon. The beers range in style from a richly complex Belgian-influenced porter to a mellow and refreshing German Pils, with a sizable selection of year-round brews as well as seasonals and one-offs. And, of course, it wouldn't be Asheville without a constant stream of quality live music, each performance paired with a different onsite food truck.