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, in 1941 Black Mountain College...Read More

  • 2. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

    Farm/Ranch

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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • Grandfather Mountain

    5. Grandfather Mountain

    Mountain–Sight

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

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  • 6. 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

  • 7. Mt. Pisgah

    Mountain–Sight

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

  • 8. 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 the United...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Sliding Rock

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Skid on your tush 60 feet on a natural rock waterslide, fueled by 11,000 gallons of mountain water a minute, into a clear, cold pool. The pool...Read More

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