Explore Our 8,000-Acre Backyard

One of the crown jewels of George Vanderbilt’s estate was the expansive property, which lent itself to hours of enjoyment for Vanderbilt, his family and friends. Guests back then explored the estate on foot; on horseback; fished in the Lagoon or tracked wild game on hunting excursions.
Today, guests at Biltmore may enjoy the same thrill of exploring the beauty of the estate’s 8,000 acres of manicured gardens, rolling hills and dense forests. Several options are available.

Bike Rental and Trail Pass: Bring your own bike or rent one to explore miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult.

Carriage Rides: Enjoy a relaxing ride through meadows and woods on a 12-person wagonette or a two-person carriage.

Horseback Rides: Novice and experienced riders alike will enjoy trail rides through peaceful woods and pastures. Guided group and private trail rides are available.

Land Rover Experience Driving School: Tap into your sense of adventure with off-road driving lessons in a Land Rover.  Our experienced instructors offer lessons, trail drive and a full-day experience.

Fly-Fishing School: Plan for a two-hour, half-day, or full-day fly-fishing excursion. Orvis equipment and world-class instruction provided.

River Float Trips:  Float down the peaceful French Broad River and enjoy riverbank wildlife and incredible views of the estate. Guided raft trips and self-guided kayak trips available. Offered April-October.

Sporting Clays: Take your best shot and learn precision shooting techniques from our experience instructors using a Beretta shotgun.

Costs for these activities are in addition to estate admission. More information on pricing is here.