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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Blue Ridge Parkway 12

Brevard 8

Boone 5

Waynesville 3

Bryson City 3

Hendersonville 3

Cherokee 3

Robbinsville 2

Highlands 2

Flat Rock 2

Hot Springs 2

Blowing Rock 2

Dillsboro 1

Chimney Rock and Lake Lure 1

Cashiers 1

Banner Elk 1

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Forest 8

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Geological Site 5

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Information Center 1

Market/ Bazaar 4

Mine 2

Mountain–Sight 8

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Native American Site 1

Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 6

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ASAP. More than 1,200 small family farms, tailgate markets, farm-to-table restaurants, and similar organizations in the region belong...

Asheville City Market

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Asheville City Market. Nearly everything at this downtown market is local. Offerings vary, but usually include produce, free-range eggs,...

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

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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...

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. The largest crafts event in the Southeast, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is held in...

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...

Crossnore Weavers

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Crossnore Weavers. In the tiny village of Crossnore, a rock cottage houses the Crossnore School's Weaving Room and Museum. Crossnore...


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