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The North Carolina Mountains


The North Carolina Mountains provide us with many spectacular vistas during the entire year. If you enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, camping, or just cruising around, there are practically too many places to go or things to do. The Old North State is host to three national forests in the mountains region. The Pisgah, Nantahala, and Great Smoky Mountains also host the Appalachian Trail, which winds its way from Maine to Georgia. Our mountains are the home of over 250 waterfalls. See our list of TopNCFalls before your next trip out west. You might be surprised how closely you may pass by without having known before. Most of our picks were based on beauty, convenience and accessibility.

If you just enjoy a leisurely drive and or a picnic, the mountains are the place to be. Take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway as it winds nearly 250 miles through North Carolina. Visit Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina's first state park and the highest point on the eastern seaboard. Have you driven the Cherohala Skyway? It opened in 1996 and is a spectacular twenty mile drive along the Nantahala Mountains between Robbinsville, NC and Tennessee.  While you are out there, take in the Tail of the Dragon at Deal's Gap.  (I think it's like 300+ turns in 11 miles and it's more fun than a barrel of monkeys!!)  US 129 North from Robbinsville.

Perhaps you are venturing to the Smoky Mountains? See why many agree that Clingman's Dome is possibly the best place in the state to view the setting sun! It is conveniently located midway between Cherokee and Gatlinburg. Another of our state's most scenic drives. Always a fun way to beat the heat in the summer; or enjoy fall's colorful splendor.

Find out why NC triad residents go to nearby Pilot Mountain, Hanging Rock State Park, Stone Mountain State Park or South Mountains State Park for a daily mountain excursion. Visit our top fall scenes page to see if you agree with our selection.

Canoe the New? Oh yeah! Visit the New River State Park.