Go outside! Asheville Parks & Recreation offers family-friendly fall activities

children playing on basketball court in fall

Fall has arrived in the mountains and now is the most beautiful time to head outside with your family and enjoy all that our amazing parks have to offer.

Check out mountain bike trails, hiking trails and disc golf at recently updated Richmond Hill Park (300 Richmond Hill Drive). The views are amazing! If a neighborhood park is more to your liking, visit Jake Rusher Park (160 Sycamore Drive, Arden) which was also recently upgraded with new parking, accessible sidewalks, basketball courts, a pavilion and restroom building as well as new landscaping and improved lighting. Improvements to both of these parks were completed with bond funding approved by voters in Asheville in 2016.

In addition to all of our parks, check out these fall activities at a community center near you!


Junior Urban Foresters

Tuesdays through October 19, 5 – 6 p.m. at Tempie Avery Montford Center
Youth will learn what urban forestry has to offer in our local area. Tree ID, beneficial insects, invasive invaders, and much more.


Fall Community Clean-up

Saturday, October 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Burton Street
Do your part in keeping the Burton Street community clean and green. Litter grabbers, gloves and trash bags will be provided.


Family Fishing Fun

Thursday, October 14, 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Azalea Park Fishing Dock
$3/child, no fee for adults with their children
Join us for a lesson in fishing and try to catch that big one!


Outdoor Movie Night

Friday, October 15, 7-9 p.m. at Burton Street
Enjoy an outdoor movie night on the Burton Street field. Movie choices will be announced on the Asheville Parks and Recreation Facebook page. Refreshments will be provided.



Saturday, October 16, 5-7 p.m. at Burton Street
This is a skills workshop designed to offer the community a more comfortable “car camping” experience. Bring your own gear or borrow some of ours!


Burton Street Puppy Parade

Saturday, November 6, 4-6 p.m. at Burton Street
Dress up your pup and enjoy dog treats, pet vendors and more. Refreshments and snacks will be provided for pups and their owners, Prizes for “Best Dress Pup” will be awarded.



Find our full program guide on our website – ashevillenc.gov/parks.

Asheville Parks & Recreation is committed to providing quality programs in a safe environment for everyone in our community.  For more information about these and all Asheville Parks & Recreation programs, visit our website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks, our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/APRCA or call 828-259-5800.