North Carolina

Find things to do, unique places to stay, and local adventure tours in adventurous destinations like Asheville, the Great Smoky Mountains, Nantahala, and more.

Top Adventures in North Carolina

  • Hike To Paradise Falls

    To the north of Panthertown lies a chain of dammed lakes that are some of the most peaceful waters in Western North Carolina. These make up the headwaters of the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River. The gorges that run between the top lakes are wild...

    1.5 miles

  • Hike and Camp the Sam Knob Loop

    This is one of my favorite quick "getaway" loops in the Pisgah Ranger District. Turn onto Black Balsam Knob Road (Mile Marker 420 on the Blue Ridge Parkway) go until you reach a dead end and park at the parking lot. You'll see the Sam Knob trail t...

    3.2 miles

  • Hike to Catawba Falls

    This quick and relatively easy hike is located close to Asheville, NC. If you're looking to have the trail to yourself, it can be a little tough. It's best to get there as early as possible or on a weekday if you can swing it.As you head out on th...

  • Explore Looking Glass Falls

    This is one of the most popular and scenic waterfalls in the area. If you've come to visit it on a warmer day, remember to pack your bathing suit. This magnificent 60 foot waterfall has a pool at it's base that you can wade, swim, and cool off in....

  • Hike to Grassy Ridge Bald in the Roan Highlands

    Once you've parked at Carver's Gap (5500'), the trailhead is pretty easy to find. Simply cross the highway and jump onto the Appalachian Trail, right on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. Head north on the AT as you head through the Roan ...

    5.3 miles 700 ft gain

  • Catch a Sunset On Green Knob

    Although not as popular as neighboring Shining Rock Wilderness, the Middle Prong Wilderness is equally as beautiful and typically half as crowded. This hike, mostly along the Mountain to Sea trail, leads through forests of oak, birch, spruce and f...

  • Hike to Clingmans Dome

    The drive to Clingmans Dome is miles of scenic overlooks that provide endless views of ridges and valleys. Clingmans Dome Road comes to a parking lot from which you follow a .5 mile paved trail to the summit.There are also several trails that star...

    1 miles

  • Hike the Art Loeb Trail

    Start at The Davidson River Campground just outside of Brevard, NC (276 Pisgah Ranger District). Have a shuttle car or a friend waiting at the Daniel Boone Boy Scout camp for the finish line.Hop on the 30.1 mile long Art Loeb Trail at the trailhea...

    32 miles 7887 ft gain

  • Hike Rough Ridge

    The trailhead for Rough Ridge will be on your righthand side when driving the Blue Ridge Parkway from Boone, NC. This trail gets busy in the warmer months, but parking usually is not too much of an issue. This trail is not open in the winter.Rough...

  • Hike Looking Glass Rock

    This is a really nice, moderately difficult hike along a cascading creek, up switchbacks, and through wildflower fields. A couple miles in, you'll reach a helipad that is used for rescuing injured rock climbers - Looking Glass Rock is a popular de...

  • Cool Off at Sliding Rock Falls

    This natural mountain waterfall and slide in the Pisgah National Forest is a local favorite to cool off in and have a little fun during the warmer months. You can walk up the line to the top of the falls and have a quick wait as others go down thi...

  • Hike to the Summit of Shortoff Mountain

    Start your hike from the Shortoff Mountain Trail off of Wolf Pit Road at the base of Lake James. From the summit there is a small grassy area off a side trail that provided awesome cliff side views of the Gorge and Linville River! You can setup af...

    4.4 miles 1321 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Marble, North Carolina

      Murphy / Peace Valley KOA

    • Cherokee, North Carolina

      Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA

    • Statesville, North Carolina

      Statesville / I-77 KOA

    • Lumberton, North Carolina

      Lumberton / I-95 KOA

    • Mills River, North Carolina

      North Mills River

      Overview North Mills River Campground is a rustic mountain getaway in Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. Located just outside the popular city of Asheville, the campground provides a...

    • Cherokee, North Carolina

      Collins Creek Picnic Pavilion

      Overview Collins Creek, tucked into picturesque mountain ranges and surrounded by pristine mountain streams, is the perfect backdrop for your party or family get-together. Whether blanketed in brig...

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