Who doesn't love a reason to eat cheese? There's a trail across the North Carolina mountains that turns out to be the perfect daytrip through the South's backcountry. Cheese will soon be your new fave hiking treat that just cannot be beat.
The ooey gooey trail locations are sprinkled around Asheville and feature a lovely community of farmers, winemakers and of course, cheesemakers. They're all professionals in the business, thriving on local charm.
You will need to map out the journey ahead of time to find the nearest cheesemaker clusters so you'll want to be efficient with the itinerary to get your hands on the most golden goodness.
English Farmstead Cheese suggests planning your visit as early in the day as possible since their cheese is in such high demand.
Other locations require visitors to make an appointment for exclusive, behind the scenes tours.
As any true hiker would, you'll want to dress appropriately for trekking through these goat-covered farms. Round Mountain Creamery offers $10 tasting tours and you better believe that includes selfies with the goats too.
The farmers love sharing their passion with the cheese hikers who come through for the day. Plus it's cool to get a glimpse of where your favorite flavors come from.
The West North Carolina Cheese Trail's associate partners also offer beer and wine pairings to add to the fun. You'll want to soak up the mountain views with a toast to the best cheese hosts in the state.*
A sunny stroll through a North Carolina vineyard is a fabulous way to walk off some of those cheese calories.
Some of the cheese trail members even sell artisan products like handmade soaps, pottery, apple butter and pickled kimchi.
When you hike the West North Carolina Cheese Trail, you're keeping these farms in business and supporting a local-centric mindset.*
*The article has been updated
West North Carolina Cheese Trail
Address: Asheville, NC
Why You Need To Go: The North Carolina cheese trail is a unique daytrip and it's a yummy paradise.