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

    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

    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. 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

  • 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

    Cave

    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

    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

  • 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

    Museum/Gallery

    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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