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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Julian Price Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Green spaces along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain include this park, which has hiking, canoeing on a mountain lake, trout...Read More

  • 8. Linville Gorge Wilderness

    Canyon

    Some of the most challenging hikes and climbs in the country are in Linville Gorge, often called "the Grand Canyon of the East." The gorge is...Read More

  • 9. Looking Glass Falls

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Getting to this waterfall is easy, as it's right beside the road in Pisgah National Forest. Water cascades 60 feet into a clear pool, where...Read More

  • 10. Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    On the grounds of this turn-of-the-20th-century manor house, and at the adjoining Julian Price Memorial Park near Grandfather Mountain, are...Read More

  • 11. Oskar Blues Brewery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This Colorado-based craft-beer brewer with national distribution, best known for its Dale's Pale Ale, offers brewery tours and tastings at its...Read More

  • 12. Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

    Fish Hatchery

    This fish hatchery operated by the state's Department of Wildlife Resources produces more than 400,000 brown, rainbow, and native brook trout...Read More

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