I'm looking for some fairly easy hikes in the Asheville area. I'd prefer to get as secluded as possible but with my bad back and knees, can't do real steep descents or anything real challenging to my coordination. It can be several miles long, but fairly easy terrain. In fact, I'd like to find possibilities that aren't little short, paved nature trails.
We'll be going in two weeks. Will the foliage be past peak in the mountains? If so, are there hikes at parks at lower altitudes? We will be staying about half way between Chimney Rock and Asheville and would be willing to drive up to one hour each way.