Visitors to the North Carolina Mountains will find unspoiled acreage, magnificent vistas, close-up views of nature and endless recreation! The misty haze, mountain streams and waterfalls all await you, and opportunities to explore the mountaintops and valleys abound. Each region of the mountains offers something different.

Grandfather Mountain in the Blue Ridge MountainsThe Indians called the Nantahala Forest the “Land of the Noonday Sun.” Once you visit, you’ll be calling it your new-found paradise. Surrounded by mountain peaks surpassing 5,000 feet, the wilderness offers recreation enthusiasts rough terrain and miles of trails as well as rivers and lakes. Hikers, climbers, paddlers, rafters and fishermen will delight in the half a million acres of national land. The forest is blessed with the Nantahala River, Nantahala Reservoir and Fontana Lake, offering abundant waters filled with trout, walleye, sunfish, bass and catfish.

Bordering the eastern edge of the Nantahala Forest, The Blue Ridge Parkway offers a park-like environment featuring panoramic mountain views, rolling farmlands, streams and forests. The 250 mile scenic byway offers plenty of natural attractions, visitor centers, restored historic structures and other points of interest. Doughton Park, Linville Falls, Mt. Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain and the Ocanaluftee Indian Village are all worthwhile stops along the way.

Families or couples may enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities in Piedmont. Venues range from parks and bowling alleys to night clubs and live music. The area also supplies a myriad of fresh water lakes, rivers and streams, as well as numerous golf courses, including the Golf Hall of Fame. You will also find cotton and tobacco fields in the rural areas as they are big crops for North Carolina.

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Asheville East KOA

2708 US-70, Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA Swannanoa United States

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Asheville West KOA

309 Wiggins Rd, Candler, NC 28715, USA Candler United States

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Barefoot Landing RV Resort

188 Uptons Landing Rd, Marion, NC 28752, USA Marion United States

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Bear Den Mountain Resort

600 Bear Den Mountain Rd, Spruce Pine, NC 28777, USA Spruce Pine United States

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Blue Ridge Travel Park

3576 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792, USA Hendersonville United States

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Boone KOA Campground

123 Harmony Mountain Lane, Boone NC 28607 Boone

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Buck Creek RV Park

2576 Toms Creek Rd, Marion, NC 28752, USA Marion United States

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Campfire Lodgings

116 Appalachian Village Rd, Asheville, NC 28804, USA Asheville

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Cherokee/Great Smokies KOA Resort Campground

Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA, 92 KOA Campground Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719, USA Cherokee

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Emberglow Outdoor Resort

95 Pinewood Trail, Mill Spring, NC, 28756 Mill Spring United States

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Flaming Arrow Campground

283 Flaming Arrow Dr, Whittier, NC 28789, USA Whittier United States

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Fort Tatham RV Resort & Campground

175 Tathams Creek Rd, Sylva, NC 28779, USA Sylva United States

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Fort Wilderness Campground and RV Park

284 Fort Wilderness Rd, Whittier, NC 28789, USA Whittier United States

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Four Paws Kingdom

335 Lazy Creek Dr, Rutherfordton, NC 28139, USA Rutherfordton United States

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Grandfather Mountain Campground

125 Profile View Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604, USA Banner Elk United States

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Great Smokey Mountain RV Camping Resort

17 Old Soco Rd Whittier United States

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Green Mountain Park

Dimmette Rd, Lenoir, NC 28645, USA Lenoir United States

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Hidden Creek Camping Resort

1210 Deacon Dr, Marion, NC 28752, USA Marion

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Holly Cove RV Resort

341 Holly Cove Road, Whittier, NC 28789 Whittier United States

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Lake James Camping Resort

5786 Benfields Landing Rd, Nebo, NC 28761, USA Nebo United States

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Lakewood RV Resort

15 Timmie Ln, Flat Rock, NC 28731, USA Flat Rock United States

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Linville Falls Campground, RV Park & Cabins

717 Gurney Franklin Rd LINVILLE FALLS United States

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Mama Gerties Hideaway Campground

15 Uphill Road Swannanoa United States

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Mi Mountain Campground

151 Mi Mountain Rd, Franklin, NC 28734, USA Franklin United States

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Moonshine Creek Campground

2486 Dark Ridge Rd, Sylva, NC 28779, USA Sylva United States

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Mountain Stream RV Park

6954 Buck Creek Rd, Marion, NC 28752, USA Marion United States

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Murphy/Peace Valley KOA

117 Happy Valley Rd, Marble, NC 28905, USA Marble United States

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Orchard Lake Campground

460 Orchard Lake Rd, Saluda, NC 28773, USA Saluda United States

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Raccoon Holler Camp & RV Park

493 Raccoon Hollow Road Jefferson US

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River Creek Campground

217 River Creek Dr, Rutherfordton, NC 28139, USA Rutherfordton

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Rutledge Lake RV Resort

170 Rutledge Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732, USA Fletcher United States

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Stoney Fork Campground Bed & Breakfast

2204 Mt Zion Rd, Ferguson, NC 28624, USA Ferguson United States

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Sundowner RV Village

42 Sundowner Cir, Hayesville, NC 28904, USA Hayesville United States

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The Great Outdoors RV Resort

321 Thumpers Trail, Franklin, North Carolina 28734 Franklin

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Valley River RV Resort

65 Old Tomotla Road Marble United States

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Whistle Stop Depot

145 River Rd, Franklin, NC 28734, USA Franklin United States

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Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Golden Valley

164 Girl Scout Camp Rd, Bostic, NC 28018, USA Bostic United States

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Yogi in the Smokies

317 Galamore Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719, USA Cherokee United States

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Things To Do in North Carolina’s Mountain Region

Asheville

Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center – This arts center has full schedule of fine art exhibits of regional, national, and international scope. Daily craft demonstrations are offered April through December. Three different galleries feature changing exhibits of work by potters, blacksmiths, furniture makers, carvers, woodturners, glassblowers, jewelers, basket makers, and more.

French Broad River – One of the oldest rivers in the world with only the New River and the Nile predating it, the French Broad River is a scenic and peaceful river ideal for canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. Excellent water quality provides homes to a wide variety of wildlife and waterfowl including ospreys, bald eagles, mink, muskrat, deer, and even the occasional bear. Several outfitters offer their services all along the river. There is even a special festival held to celebrate the river.

Boone

Hickory Ridge Homestead & Living History Museum – Located on the grounds of the “Horn in the West,” the museum highlights the daily lives of our mountain ancestors. Docents in traditional costumes recreate chores and crafts, inclduing working with traditional tools, hearth baking, candle-making, weaving, and tin smithing among original mountain cabins.

Daniel Boone Native Gardens – Located in the Daniel Boone Park, this beautifully landscaped garden is home to a rare collection of North Carolina native plants, many of which are of the mountain species. Highlights of the garden include a stone gatehouse, a bog garden, a rhododendron thicket, and the historical Squire Boone Cabin. Self-guided tours only, but gardeners will be happy to answer questions.

Brevard

Land of the Waterfalls – The Brevard area of Transylvania County and the Pisgah National Forest boast 250 waterfalls. The major falls include Connestee Falls (US 276), High Falls (2.5 miles form Yellow Gap Road), Looking Glass Falls (US 276), and Whitewater Falls (US 281). In addition to viewing theses amazing waterfalls, the area features small towns full of charm, outdoor recreation, and numerous festivals.

Sliding Rock – Located in the Pisgah National Forest, Sliding Rock is a naturally occurring 60-foot waterslide with a seven foot deep pool that has been developed by the US Forest Service into a recreation area. Sliding Rock is a great place to cool off on hot summer weekends, and is a cool alternative to huge theme parks with long lines. Cost to enter the recreation area is a $1.00 per person. Sliding Rock is open year-round, but the bathrooms and changing rooms are only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Cherokee

Museum of the Cherokee Indian – The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is an official interpretive site for the National Park Service. The museum combines the technology of computer-generated images, holographic images, specialty lighting, and audio presentations with a solid artifact collection. Experience the story of the Cherokee and their ancestors from twelve thousand years ago through the present.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino – While you’re visiting the inviting homeland of the Cherokee Indians in the Great Smoky Mountains, experience the large variety of gaming at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Play live digital Blackjack, video gaming machines, video craps, and the exclusive Baccarito offered only at Harrah’s. The casino features live entertainment with some of the brightest stars, including Loretta Lynn, Bill Cosby, Wayne Newton, and BB King, among others. The Cherokee Pavilion seats 1,500 with 20′ projection screens. There are also six different restaurants offering buffets, steak & seafood, and deli sandwiches.

Flat Rock

Historic Flat Rock District – Visit the historic village of Flat Rock nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage Area. Flat Rock began about a century and a half ago with affluent southerners building large estates. Today, visitors can enjoy seeing historical homes and buildings, including the Woodfield Inn, St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, and the Flat Rock Playhouse. There are many restaurants offering casual meals and fine dining. Nearby, there are also several state parks and the charming downtown of Hendersonville.

Franklin

The Fun Factory – Located in scenic Franklin, North Carolina, The Fun Factory is the Smoky Mountains’ award-winning attraction for family-friendly entertainment. Kids of all ages will find something that interests them at The Factory, including games, mini golf, go-karts, bowling, laser tag, big screen TVs and great restaurants. You can play over 100 arcade games, enjoy ten lanes of bowling action, and test your driving skills in single or two seat go-karts. There is even a special kids’ area for toddlers who can play in a foam factory, a giant slide, carousel, and more.

Marion

Heather Grove Gold & Gem Panning – This fun attraction offers visitors the chance to pan for gold and gems just like the first settlers. Sluicing, dredging, and high banking area also offered.

Murphy

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad – Guests aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will experience the region with scenic views across valleys, through tunnels, and over river gorges. The railroad features 53 miles of track, two tunnels, and 25 bridges. There is a variety of round trip adventures to choose from including a Gourmet Dinner Train, the Mystery Theatre Dinner Trains, the Fontana Trestle, and the Polar Express Dining Trains, among many others. Departures begin May 20 through September 30, with 15 additional departures in October and November.

Piney Creek

New River – Renowned as the second-oldest river in the world, rivaled only by the Nile, the New River is a National and State Wild and Scenic River. It is also one of the first American Heritage Rivers. The state maintains three parks along the river. There are numerous outfitters and canoe liveries in the area offering guide services and boat rentals.

Spruce Pine

Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine – As seen on TLC and the Travel Channel, Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine offers visitors a unique chance to gem mine under covered flumes, rain or shine. A Sands of Time Museum is free. A jewelry 7 gift shop features fine gifts and souvenirs. The mine is open March through December.

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