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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Black Mountain College

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Originally housed in rented quarters at nearby Blue Ridge Assembly, southeast of the town of Black Mountain, in 1941 Black Mountain College...

Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Forest

The beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway gently winds through mountains and meadows and crosses mountain streams for more than 469 mi on its...

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

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Connemara" is the farm to which the famed poet and Lincoln biographer moved with his wife, Lillian, in 1945; he lived there until his...

Cold Mountain

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

The vivid best-selling novel by Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain, has made a destination out of the real Cold Mountain. About 15 mi from...

Cradle of Forestry in America

  • Educational Institution

The home of the first forestry school in the United States is on 6,500 acres in the Pisgah National Forest. The school, started in 1898...

Craggy Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

Located at an elevation of 5,500 to 6,000 feet, Craggy Gardens has some of the parkway's most colorful displays of rhododendrons, usually...

Cullasaja Gorge

  • Geological Site

West of Highlands via US Hwy. 64 toward Franklin, the Cullasaja Gorge (Cul-lah-SAY-jah) is a 7 1/2-mi gorge passing the Cullasaja River,...

Daniel Boone Native Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

On 6 acres adjacent to the Horn in the West amphitheater, Daniel Boone Native Gardens highlights local plants and trees in a setting...

DuPont State Forest

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Between Hendersonville and Brevard you'll find this 10,000-acre North Carolina State Forest with six waterfalls and 80 miles of old dirt...

Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Arts/Performance Venue

This theater is known for its high-quality productions, with sophisticated sets and professional actors. The productions are mostly well-known...


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