Things To Do in Western North Carolina

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  • 799 Washington St.,
  • Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807
  • Phone: 304-535-6331

Stretching over 2000 miles from the middle of Maine to the hills of North Georgia, the AT offers hikers a route through some of the nation’s most beautiful countryside. Nearly 96 miles of the trail lie in North Carolina, including stops at Hot Springs, Max Patch, and Clingman’s Dome.

 

Asheville

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  • General Information
    • Phone: 828-258-6129

What mountain town offers art, music, and restaurant scenes better than most cities ten times its size, along with incomparable access to outdoor activities ranging from day hikes to zipline tours through mile-high forest canopies? Whether you’re into yoga, yurts, or yakisoba, Asheville has something for you.

 

Asheville’s Top Breweries 

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Explore Asheville’s most well-known beverage scene by stopping in at one or more of its signature breweries, from the classics like Highland to the relative newcomers like Hi-Wire. The list of breweries includes, but is not limited to, the following (click for more information):

 

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  • For information call: (828) 670-1924

Take a drive along the 469-mile expanse of one of America’s most naturally picturesque and culturally rich roads. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers several breath-taking views, winding through the rugged nature, heritage, and cultural staples of North Carolina and beyond. You can make the drive as long or as short as you want, and it all begins at the parkway’s headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina. Some of the most commonly enjoyed sites along the drive include:

 

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  • Biltmore, One Lodge Street
  • Asheville, NC 28803
  • Phone: 800-411-3812
  • Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Ticket Information
    • Self-guided visit to the Biltmore House: Free of charge
    • Guided Biltmore House tour: $19
    • Legacy of the Land Tour: $19
    • Winery Tour: $20

Spend a day or two at the largest privately owned house in the United States. Built by George Washinton Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895, the Biltmore Estate is ranked eighth in America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. There are several ways to enjoy this staple of North Carolina history: participate in a guided tour of  the historic Biltmore house, take a motor coach tour of the estate grounds, explore the gardens, or or dine at the Winery at Antler Hill Village.

 

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  • Chimney Rock Mgmt., LLC
    PO Box 39
    Chimney Rock, NC 28720
  • Phone: 828-625-9611
  • Hours: Friday-Tuesday (10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

This state park, just a half hour’s drive outside of Asheville, offers hiking trails, ideal picnic locations, and campsites in addition to the stunning 75-mile view available from the top of Chimney Rock itself.

 

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  • 301 N Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
  • Phone: 704-372-6261
  • Hours: Mon-Fri (9am-4pm); Sat (10am-6pm); Sun (12pm-5pm)

Bringing the wee ones along? Charlotte’s museum of the natural and social science is geared toward kids but is fun for everyone, with interactive exhibits and thrilling IMAX features exploring all corners of our wonderful world.

 

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  • Grandfather Mountain
    P.O. Box 129
    2050 Blowing Rock Highway
    Linville, NC 28646
  • Phones: 800-468-7325
    828-733-2013
  • Business Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Enjoy the views from this scenic nature preserve as you come face to face with the region’s most splendid flora and fauna. Other activities include woodcarving exhibitions, a natural history museum, and guided tours of the park’s outstanding natural displays.

 

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  • P.O. Box 428
    315 Bridge Street
    Hot Springs, NC 28743
  • Phone: 828-622-7676

This small town in Western North Carolina, whose downtown is cut in tow by the Appalachian Trail, is home to the famous mineral spas where you can enjoy a soak, a massage, and other pampering amenities.

 

Lake Lure

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  • 2948 Memorial Highway
    Lake Lure, NC  28746
  • Phone:  828-625-9983

Nestled amidst Western North Carolina’s rolling hills, Lake Lure offers the perfect place for swimming, boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities, all against the backdrop featured in Dirty Dancing and other films.

 

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  • 2388 State Highway 128

    BurnsvilleNC 28714

  • Phone: 828-675-4611
  • Hours: May-August (7am – 10pm)

Stand atop the highest point in the United States east of the Mississippi River! The state park containing Mount Mitchell’s peak offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking and camping, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

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  • 13077 Hwy. 19 W., Bryson City, NC 28713
  • Phone: 828-366-7502

One of Western North Carolina’s most exciting outdoor adventures takes place on its roaring mountain rivers. Let the experts at the Nantahala Outdoor Center be your guides as you stream down some of the wildest rivers in southern Appalachia

 

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  • 400 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC 28202
  • Phones: 704-654-4400
    888-902-6463
  • Hours: Mon-Sun (10am-6pm)

If you’re into speed, downtown Charlotte is the place to be. The NASCAR Hall of Fame features exhibits detailing the history and personality of this spectacular sport.

 

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  • 516 Tsali Boulevard
    PO Box 1838
    Cherokee, NC 28719
  • Phone: 828-788-0034
  • Hours: Tues-Sat (10 am-4:30 pm)

You’ll take a trip through time when you visit this living history site maintained by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.

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  • Midtown Asheville location
    • 608 Riverside Dr., Asheville, NC 28801
    • 1-855-939-8823
    • Open 7 days/week
  • South Asheville location
    • 1648 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC
    • 1-855-939-8823
    • Open 7 days/week

If you you’re more in the mood for slow going, check in with one of the region’s tube rental companies and enjoy a relaxing float at a more leisurely pace.