The picture shows mountain views from Givens Estates' campus

Walking Trails, Hiking Enhance Independent Retirement Living in Asheville 

Asheville, North Carolina, is a great place for Independent Retirement Living, with its stunning scenery, mild weather, and lively culture. But did you also know that Asheville has some of the best walking trails and hiking options in the nation? No matter your skill level or preference, you can find a trail that fits your needs and wants, and enjoy the nature that Asheville has to offer. In this article, we discuss walking trails and how hiking can enhance your physical and mental health as a senior, and the hiking residents enjoy at Givens Estates, a retirement community in Asheville that provides Independent Retirement Living. 

The Health and Wellness Benefits of Walking Trails and Hiking for Seniors 

Walking trails and hiking are fun and relaxing activities and effective ways to remain active and healthy as a senior. Here are some of the health and wellness benefits of walking trails and hiking for seniors: 

  • Walking trails and hiking can improve your cardiovascular fitness, which can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes. 
  • Walking trails and hiking can strengthen your muscles, bones, and joints, which can prevent or lessen the impact of osteoporosis, arthritis, and falls. 
  • Walking trails and hiking can improve your balance, coordination, and flexibility, which can improve your mobility and independence. 
  • Walking trails and hiking can burn calories and control your weight, which can prevent or manage obesity and related health issues. 
  • Walking trails and hiking can improve your mood, lower stress, and improve your cognitive function, which can prevent or slow down the development of depression, anxiety, and dementia. 
  • Walking trails and hiking can connect you with nature, which can provide you with fresh air, natural beauty, and a sense of awe and wonder. 
  • You could make new friends who love walking and hiking. Explore beautiful trails and have fun with their company, support, and stories. 

Walking trails and hiking can offer you many benefits. But where can you find walking trails and hiking opportunities in Asheville? The answer is all around us. Givens is located in the blue ridge mountains, but an interesting fact is you don’t have to leave campus to take a hike. Givens has a wonderful system of walking trails and hiking. 

Independent Retirement Living includes Walking Trails and Hiking at Givens Estates

Givens Estates is a continuing care retirement community in Asheville that is surrounded by nature and gives you the chance to explore almost five miles of hiking trails. You can explore some of the natural areas on campus, such as streams, meadows, and forests, and enjoy the views of South Asheville and Pisgah National Forest. You can also choose from different levels of difficulty, from easy to hard, and different lengths, from short spurs to long loops. You can also find benches, picnic areas, and overlooks along the way. You can hike by yourself, with a friend, or with a group, and enjoy the nature that awaits you at Givens Estates. 

North Carolina Independent Living Residents hike on campus to see some of the sites on campus.
North Carolina Independent Retirement Living for Givens Estates Residents means breathtaking view on campus hikes.


Residents at Givens form hiking groups and enjoy the nature around them, and hiking events are common. Residents enjoy the best of both worlds: a cozy and convenient living environment, and a natural and adventurous outdoor experience. You will find walking trails and hiking opportunities that can benefit your physical and mental health and enrich your life. Some hikes will explore the native plant life and provide a great educational experience for those who want to learn more about the campus environment.

Senior living resident pictured learning about the wildflowers of the region.
Givens Estates residents explore the native flora on a staff led hike at the senior living community located in Asheville N.C.


Givens Estates is a retirement community in Asheville that offers Independent Retirement Living in a scenic setting. If you want to know more about us and our campus, feel free to reach out to us anytime. We would appreciate the opportunity to chat with you and show you around.