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. Grandfather 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Mt. Pisgah


    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. Craggy Gardens


    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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Linville Caverns


    The only public caverns in the Carolinas, they go 2,000 feet beneath Humpback Mountain and have a year-round temperature of 52°F. ...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. Linville Gorge Wilderness


    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

  • 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. Museum of North Carolina Minerals


    In this museum, the hands-on displays cover gold, copper, kaolin, and other minerals found nearby. Many exhibits are geared toward kids. ...Read More

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