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White Dot Adventures

Asheville, NC, USA
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About White Dot Adventures
White Dot is the only permitted trail running guide company in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We offer guided runs to majestic waterfalls, high mountain peaks, and hidden overlooks all across Pisgah National Forest and into Mount Mitchell State Park. Our guided trips begin at 5k and extend as far as 50k and we tailor each adventure to your abilities.
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Slate Rock Trail Running Tour

Pisgah National Forest is the oldest of its kind in the eastern US. With over 500,000 acres and 1,600 miles of trail, some of the best overlooks and waterfalls are often overlooked. We will meet at Ecusta Brewing, then you will follow me to the trailhead, a ~30 minute scenic drive including a bit of dirt road. 2-wheel drive vehicles will have no problem, the road is well-maintained.

Starting at the trailhead, we will run a ~7 mile loop with 1,400' of vertical. The run parallels a beautiful mountain stream with several cascades, then climbs its way up to one of the best overlooks in the forest - Slate Rock. Towering over the Pink Beds Valley, the overlook includes views of nearby Pilot Rock and the distant high peaks of the Great Balsam Range. I would argue that the views are far better than John Rock, Cedar Rock, or even Looking Glass Rock. Its limited popularity is due mostly to its remoteness and difficulty to navigate due to several unmarked trails along the way.
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3 to 4 hours
from US$100.00

Black Balsam Trail Running Tour

Clearcut by loggers over 100 years ago, these high mountain peaks offer some of the best views in all of Pisgah National Forest. The Plott Balsams, Black Mountains, and even Mount Mitchell can be seen from their summits. Along the way, we'll offer a brief history lesson to how the area came to be.
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2 hours
from US$82.06

Pink Beds Trail Running Tour

Every guide on our team has developed an intimate knowledge of our national forest and can offer you an in-depth history to all the areas we run in. Originally owned by George Vanderbilt, Pisgah National Forest is the oldest of its kind in the eastern United States and holds deep historical relevance among several generations.

Though different than a hiking tour, our running tours accommodate any pace - if you may consider yours more of a hike. It's also expected that we will stop several times for photos along the way.
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2 hours
from US$65.00

Full-Day Art Loeb Trail Running Adventure

Every guide on our team has developed an intimate knowledge of our national forest and can offer you an in-depth history to all the areas we run in. Originally owned by George Vanderbilt, Pisgah National Forest is the oldest of its kind in the eastern United States and holds deep historical relevance among several generations.

What makes us different than other tour companies is our selection of local guides who are all able to lead this 30-mile trip on a moment's notice. We pride ourselves in only utilizing top-notch trail and ultra runners with extensive knowledge and expertise in the sport.
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12 hours
from US$309.28

John Rock Trail Running Tour with Photo Stops

Every guide on our team has developed an intimate knowledge of our national forest and can offer you an in-depth history to all the areas we run in. Originally owned by George Vanderbilt, Pisgah National Forest is the oldest of its kind in the eastern United States and holds deep historical relevance among several generations.

Though different than a hiking tour, our running tours accommodate any pace - even if you may consider yours more of a hike. It's also expected that we will stop several times for photos along the way.
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3 hours
from US$100.00

North Carolina Arboretum Running Tour in Asheville

Beginning at the North Carolina Arboretum, we'll take you on a run through beautiful forests, seasonal wildflowers, and fresh mountain streams. We'll pass exhibits of short-leaf pine, eastern hemlock, red cedar, and even an assortment of native azaleas, among others. As we run, we'll share a brief history of how the nearby Biltmore Estate was crucial in the founding of Pisgah National Forest, and ultimately the cornerstone for sustainable logging across the country.

The arboretum offers an assortment of trail and gravel roads, and we will pick a loop within everyone's ability. Novice and experienced runners are both welcome! The route will range from 3 to 5 miles, never more than an hour.

Afterward, the Bent Creek Bistro within the Arboretum offers seasonal brunch and dinner options plus coffee, beer, and wine. Start times may be coordinated with seasonal events such as peak leaf colors, Christmas light exhibits, or specific wildflower blooms.
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60 to 90 minutes
from US$45.00
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Rhayne R wrote a review Feb 2020
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This trip was a lot of fun... Brendon is a very personable guide. He knows his way around like no one else.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Kyle wrote a review Jan 2020
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Brendan has in depth knowledge of the area and knows how to string together trails to make for a great day out in the woods! Well worth it over exploring on your own as you will learn about the area and won't have to worry about missing any highlights. Highly recommend
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Fabien Pering wrote a review Dec 2019
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White Dot Adventures is a great company that takes pride in what they do. Brendon is very knowledgable about the area. You can tell he loves what he does because of the level of detail he puts into his trips and his ever growing curiosity of local flora/fauna! I highly recommend his services if you don't know where to begin your visit here in the area.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Tom H wrote a review Nov 2019
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Had a fantastic 7 mile trail run with Brandon. His knowledge of the trail was superb and key to the experience as many unmarked paths intersected our run and I would have been lost without him. View from Pilot Rock was wonderful on a crisp Fall morning. Having a guide to highlight the peaks and ridges we saw elevated the experience for sure. Our conversational pace made the time fly by leaving me wanting more trails at the end to explore. I would highly recommend this business to any visitor but especially to locals who want to immerse themselves in the beautiful mountains we call home.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from WhiteDotAdventures, Owner at White Dot Adventures
Responded 6 Nov 2019
Thanks for the review Tom! We have a great time showing you around an unexplored corner of the forest, and we look forward to more in the future!
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Littlecatstorm80 wrote a review Nov 2019
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Best adventure trip in WNC! Beautiful trails and scenery, the bar was raised here! Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from WhiteDotAdventures, Owner at White Dot Adventures
Responded 6 Nov 2019
Thanks Mandy! We're glad you enjoyed the Black Balsam Tour. To date, that evening may have been the best sunset we've experienced all year!
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