The North Carolina Mountains

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

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  • 1. Black Mountain College

    Educational Institution

    Originally housed in rented quarters at nearby Blue Ridge Assembly, southeast of the town of Black Mountain, Black Mountain College moved across...Read More

  • 2. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

    Farm/Ranch

    Connemara Farm is where the famed poet and biographer Carl Sandburg moved with his wife, Lillian, in 1945; he lived there until his death in...Read More

  • 3. Flat Rock Playhouse

    Arts/Performance Venue

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

  • 4. Grandfather Mountain

    Mountain

    Soaring to almost 6,000 feet, Grandfather Mountain is famous for its Mile-High Swinging Bridge, a 228-foot-long footbridge that sways over a...Read More

  • 5. Mt. Mitchell State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This park—established in 1915 as North Carolina's first state park—includes the 6,684-foot Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain peak east of the...Read More

  • 6. Mt. Pisgah

    Mountain

    The 5,721-foot Mt. Pisgah is one of the most easily recognized peaks around Asheville due to the television tower installed here in the 1950s...Read More

  • 7. Museum of the Cherokee Indian

    Museum/Gallery

    Covering 12,000 years of history, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian is one of the country's best Native American museums. Computer-generated...Read More

  • 8. Nantahala River

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

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

  • 9. Sliding Rock

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This natural rock waterslide, fueled by 11,000 gallons of mountain water every minute, deposits you into a clear, cold pool. Wear old jeans...Read More

  • 10. Black Mountain Cider + Mead

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Most of the apples for the cider at this mill come from Hendersonville, and it's the only type of alcohol in the area that can proudly say it...Read More

  • 11. Cold Mountain

    Viewpoint

    The vivid best-selling novel by Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain, and its movie adaptation have made a destination out of the real Cold Mountain...Read More

  • 12. Cradle of Forestry in America

    Historic District/Site

    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...Read More

  • 13. Craggy Gardens

    Trail

    At an elevation of 6,000 feet, Craggy Gardens has some of the Blue Ridge Parkway's most colorful displays of rhododendrons, usually blooming...Read More

  • 14. Cullasaja Gorge

    Scenic Drive

    West of Highlands via U.S. Route 64 toward Franklin, the Cullasaja Gorge (cul-lah-SAY-jah) is a 7½-mile gorge passing the Cullasaja River, Lake...Read More

  • 15. Daniel Boone Native Gardens

    Garden

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

  • 16. DuPont State Forest

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Between Hendersonville and Brevard you'll find this 10,400-acre state forest with four waterfalls, five lakes, and 80 miles of dirt roads to...Read More

  • 17. Folk Art Center

    East Metro | Arts/Performance Venue

    As the headquarters of the prestigious Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Folk Art Center regularly hosts exceptional quilt, woodworking, pottery...Read More

  • 18. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Bryson City's historic train station is the departure point for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Diesel or steam locomotives take you on...Read More

  • 19. Highlands Botanical Garden and Biological Station

    Garden

    In the center of Highlands, the Highlands Botanical Garden, run by Western Carolina University, is a 30-acre biological reserve of native plants...Read More

  • 20. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

    Forest

    One of the last remaining sections of old-growth forests in Appalachia, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, part of the 17,000-acre Joyce Kilmer–Slickrock...Read More

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