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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 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. 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. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Linville Falls

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    A half-mile hike from the visitor center leads to one of North Carolina's most photographed waterfalls. The easy trail winds through evergreens...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. Whiteside Mountain

    Nature Sight

    Near Highlands and Cashiers, Whiteside Mountain is one of the highest continuous cliffs in the East. The sheer cliffs of white granite rise...Read More

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