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...

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, and its movie adaptation have made a destination out of the real Cold...

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. Started in 1898 by Carl Schenck...

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

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

West of Highlands via U.S. 64 toward Franklin, the Cullasaja Gorge (Cul-lah-SAY-jah) is a 7½-mile 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 11,000-acre North Carolina State Forest with six waterfalls and 80 miles of old dirt...

Flat Rock Playhouse

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This theater, the official State Theater of North Carolina, is known for its high-quality productions, with sophisticated sets and professional...

Grandfather Mountain

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Soaring to almost 6,000 feet, Grandfather Mountain is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305. The state parks system owns 2,456...


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