THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY FROM THE YOUNGEST TO THE OLDEST!!!
AREA ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE:
1. Grandfather Mountain Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge and a nature preserve of global importance. Take a breath taking walk across the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, enjoy phenomenal 360 degree views, photograph bears, otters, and other wildlife in natural habitats, and hike some of the South's best trails. Also features nature museum, award winning nature movies, restaurant, gift shops and picnic areas. 2. Linville Caverns See inside a mountain...NC's only show cave. Half-hour guided tours into a natural limestone cavern featuring stalactite and stalagmite formations and an underground stream. Open daily from March through November and open weekends from December through February. 3. Tweetsie Railroad North Carolina's first family theme park with a fun-filled train ride aboard the historic train known as Tweetsie. Tweetsie Railroad has amusement rides for all ages, live entertainment, gem mining, deer park, shops, and restaurants. Open Fri., Sat., Sun., in May. Seven days a week from Memorial Day through mid-August. Fri., Sat., Sun., from mid-August through October, 9 AM to 6 PM. 4. Watauga Lake Watauga Lake, nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest in northeastern Tennessee, enjoys the most stunningly beautiful lake and mountain views in the 'Volunteer State'. Watauga's surface covers 10.05 square miles of two mostly-rural Tennessee counties: Johnson County and Carter County. Watauga Lake is accessible only by winding mountain roads. The Appalachian Trail crosses the southwestern tip of Watauga Lake. The lake is located south of Mountain City (Tennessee), west of Boone (North Carolina), east of Elizabethton (Tennessee), southeast of Bristol (Tennessee), southwest of Damascus (Virginia), and northeast of Johnson City (Tennessee). 5. Roan Mountain State Park Roan Mountain State Park encompasses 2,006 acres of southern Appalachian forest at the base of 6,285 foot Roan Mountain. Park elevation ranges from 3,000 feet in the valley to around 3,700 feet on surrounding ridges. Rich hardwood forests allow for a great diversity of life and a wide range of outdoor activities. Park guests have opportunities to hike along creeks and ridges, fish for trout, play tennis, swim, tour a century old farmhouse, join rangers and naturalists for educational programs, and enjoy mountain music concerts. 6. Blue Ridge Parkway The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. It runs for 469 miles (755 km), mostly through the famous Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. Land on either side of the road is maintained by the National Park Service. It is the longest, narrowest National Park in the world and is the most visited unit in the United States National Park System. In many places, the park is bordered by land protected by the United States Forest Service