Where to Elope Outdoors in Asheville

Where to Elope Outdoors in Asheville

Asheville is a beautiful city located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it’s not surprising why this spot is a top destination for eloping in the North Carolina region. Situated between several national parks and surrounded by lush nature in all directions that provide endless scenery to hold your special elopement. 

Experience everything Asheville has from art, breweries, and a breathtaking backdrop of mountains that make your biggest day memorable. Whether you’re after Asheville’s gorgeous landscapes for your intimate elopement or a lavash celebration downtown, we know where to go. Here are our top outdoor locations for your wedding day. 


Where to Elope Outside Near Asheville, NC

1. Blue Ridge Parkway National Park

You and your significant other can exchange vows surrounded by loved ones, the stunning views, and the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains. All weddings, elopements, and vow exchanges that occur within the boundary of the Blue Ridge Parkway require a Special Use Permit to ensure the park is protected and preserved for future visitors. 

If you are planning to get married on the Blue Ridge Parkway, there is a non-refundable application fee of $60.00 and a non-refundable administrative fee of $40.00 due when the permit is issued. Weddings are limited to 25 people, including wedding parties, officiants, and photographers. The permit is a two-hour authorization for weddings, elopement, and vow exchange ceremonies. For more information about tying the knot on the Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting the National Park Service website about policies and restrictions. 

2. Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains are the oldest mountain range and the most visited National Park in the U.S. This majestic landscape offers an ideal place for your wedding or elopement that is beautiful and romantic. You can exchange your vows along a secluded mountain stream or high atop a mountain, with both having incredible views of the ridge. 

If you are interested in getting married in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, You will need to obtain a permit for your ceremony and review a list of approved wedding locations. All park uses that fall under the category of special events are required to have a special permit that includes wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, and wedding photography. Complete an application for Special Use Permits for weddings and other special events, along with a non-refundable $50 application fee two weeks prior to your big day.

3. Pisgah National Forest

When you choose the mountains for your destination wedding, you choose a perfect climate, stunning views, small venues, and the best place in the country to elope. This national forest is home to some of Asheville’s most popular sightings, including Black Balsam and Max Patch along the Appalachian Trail. 

These mountains' natural beauty makes spectacular panoramic views that make gorgeous photos of your intimate elopement. One of the places perfect for a romantic, picturesque and breathtaking spot is the Looking Glass Falls. The water below the falls is easy to access, the pool is very shallow, and everything is proportioned just right to capture beautiful photographs of you in front of the falls. 

Wedding events that have less than 75 people in attendance in the Pisgah National Forest do not require a special permit; however, larger events need a permit. 

4. Mt. Mitchell State Park

The highest peak in the eastern United States at an elevation of 6,684 ft, Mt. Mitchell is located in the 1,855-acre Mt. Mitchell State Park. The breathtaking views and climate at peak season make Mt. Mitchell is a popular place for couples to elope. You can experience a 360-degree mountain view from Mt. Mitchell State Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Some events such as weddings, receptions, and special event gatherers may require a Special Activity Permit. If you’re unsure whether a permit is necessary for your event or to obtain one, visit the North Carolina State Parks website for more information.

Jeanne’s Hair and Makeup Studio

No matter where you choose for your Asheville elopement, we would love to be a part of it. Visit our website or contact us to learn more about our wedding hair and makeup services. We also offer mobile, on-site services. 

We love being supportive for such an important day by lending our talent in helping you to feel confident, beautiful, and relaxed during your wedding and afterward.