One of the most popular attractions in the greater Asheville area is in Candler. Hot air balloons take off every morning at sunrise and sore over the Piscah Forest. The community of Candler is part of unincorporated Buncombe County and is surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest.The Pisgah National Forest covers over 500,000 acres of forest land across the central mountains of Western North Carolina.
This large forest includes lands surrounding the town of Asheville and the French Broad River Valley, and extending into the higher mountains all around. It encompasses some of the highest mountains in the Southern Appalachians, and the Eastern U.S. Tremendous recreational opportunities, including hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and backpacking, abound within its boundaries.