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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Cold Mountain


    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

  • 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. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest


    One of the last remaining sections of old-growth forests in Appalachia, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, part of the 17,000-acre Joyce Kilmer–Slickrock...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. Lake Santeetlah

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Formed in 1928 with the construction of the Santeetlah Dam, Lake Santeetlah, meaning "blue waters" in the Cherokee language, has 76 miles of...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Oskar Blues Brewery


    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

  • 15. 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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