The North Carolina Mountains Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The North Carolina Mountains - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Museum of North Carolina Minerals

  • Museum/Gallery

In this museum, the hands-on displays cover gold, copper, kaolin, and other minerals found nearby. Many exhibits are geared toward kids.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

  • Museum/Gallery

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, with displays and artifacts that cover 12,000 years, is one of the best Native American museums in...

Nantahala River

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

The most popular river in western North Carolina for rafting and kayaking is the Nantahala River, which races through the scenic Nantahala...

Oconaluftee Indian Village

  • Native American Site

At the historically accurate, re-created Oconaluftee Indian Village guides in native costumes lead you through a 1760-era Cherokee village,...

Oskar Blues Brewery

  • Trail/Path

This Colorado craft-beer brewer, best known for its Dale's Pale Ale, offers brewery tours and tastings at its Brevard-area facility.

Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

  • Fish Hatchery

This fish hatchery operated by the state's Department of Wildlife Resources produces more than 400,000 brown, rainbow, and native brook...

Sliding Rock

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

In summer you can skid 60 feet on a natural waterslide, fueled by 11,000 gallons of mountain water a minute, into a clear, cold pool.

The Blowing Rock

  • Geological Site

The Blowing Rock is a cliff, which at 4,000 feet looms over the Johns River Gorge, about 3,000 feet below. If you throw your hat over...

Tweetsie Railroad

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

A Wild West theme park built into the side of a mountain between Boone and Blowing Rock, Tweetsie Railroad is centered on coal-powered...

Whiteside Mountain

  • Geological Site

Near Highlands and Cashiers, Whiteside Mountain is one of the highest continuous cliffs in the East. The sheer cliffs of white granite...


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