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Enjoy a Western North Carolina Vacation

Western North Carolina is the perfect destination to take a hike around the Blue Ridge Parkway or Mount Mitchell, shop the local stores, visit the fresh mountain waters of the Cane River or South Toe River for fishing and swimming, or just kick back and enjoy the cool mountain temperatures Burnsville, NC enjoys in the evenings (Typically in the 60s).

Visit the Pisgah National Forest

Over 510,000 acres in the Appalachian Mountains await! Enjoy outdoor activities in the Pisgah National Forest, one of the first U.S. National Forests, covering the southern Appalachian Mountains, including parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Balsam Mountains.

Explore Mount Mitchell, NC

Mount Mitchell State Park was the very first National Park in North Carolina, containing Mount Mitchell:the highest peak east of the Mississippi River.Feeling up to a challenge?Check out the Mount Mitchell Challenge, a 40-mile Ultramarathon from the town of Black Mountain to the peak of Mount Mitchell!

Other fun local attractions include:

ARTS & CRAFTS

Energy Exchange
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Penland School of Crafts
Quilt Trails

CAVES & CAVERNS

Linville Caverns

GALLERIES

Penland Gallery
The Design Gallery
Crabtree Creek Art Gallery

GEMS, MINING & MUSEUMS

Bo’s Mine Tours
Emerald Village
The Rock Mine Tours, Inc.
Rocks & Things
Museum of North Carolina Minerals

GOLF COURSES

Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club
Mount Mitchell Golf Club
Wolf Laurel Country Club

HIKING TRAILS

Appalachian Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
Chimney Rock Park
Grandfather Mountain
Mount Mitchell State Park
Linville Gorge/Falls
Pisgah National Forest
Famous Crabtree Falls

HISTORICAL HOMES

Biltmore Estate
Carl Sandburg Home
Vance Birthplace

HORSEBACK RIDING

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

HUNTING & FISHING

Rivers Edge Outfitters
Mountain Heritage Trout Waters
Triggers, Traps, & Trouts

MUSIC

Toe River Art Council
Young’s Music Mountain

PRODUCE SHOPPING

Davis Farm
Fire-Fly Farm
The Orchard at Altapass
WNC Farmers Market
Yancey County Farmers Market

RAFTING

NC Rafting / Tubing
French Broad Rafting Expeditions
Natahala Outdoor Center

SPAS

Grove Park Inn Spa
Hot Springs Spa

STATE PARKS

Blue Ridge Parkway
Chimney Rock Park
Mount Mitchell State Park
Pisgah Forest

THEATRE

Flat Rock Playhouse
Parkway Playhouse
Southern Repertory Theatre

TRAIN RIDES

Great Smokey Mountains Railroad
Tweetsie Railroad

WATERFALLS

NC Waterfalls

WILDLIFE

Cradle of Forestry
WNC Nature Center