Outdoor Recreation

For some, it’s enough to sit on the porch and gaze at the distant mountains. For you—it’s adventure! ‘Outdoor Recreation Blue Ridge Style’ is about hiking through quiet woods, scaling a sheer rock face, pedaling up a mountain bike trail, flying through the treetops tethered to a zip line or taking a paddle to an unruly mountain stream. You only go around once—grab for the gusto in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Asheville Helicopter Tours

240 Wright Brothers Way
Fletcher, NC 28732
828-209-5106

Wonderful year-round helicopter tours along the Blue Ridge Parkway. See the best of the Asheville area landmarks, favorite tourist attractions and wonderful natural beauty of the Western North Carolina mountains! Taking off from Asheville Regional Airport, quickly passing the Biltmore Estate and…

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Banner Elk

100 W. Main St
Banner Elk, NC 28604
844-824-6777

Escape, unwind, indulge in Banner Elk, a popular getaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the North Carolina High Country. It’s a place that blends small town relaxation with the amenities of a larger city. Visitors enjoy a richness of culture and adventure. Within 15 minutes of the town’s lone…

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Blue Ridge Heritage Trail

195 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville, NC 28803
828-296-7230

The Blue Ridge Heritage Trail helps you explore the stories of the culture and landscape of the North Carolina mountains and foothills. The Trail is not a “Point A to Point B” trail, but rather many stops throughout the region. You can enjoy a single stop or piece together several sites by…

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Burnsville Anglers – Fly Fishing

Hwy 19E
Burnsville, NC 28714
(828) 691-1506

Our goal is to provide the best fishing experience on the water, while teaching and passing knowledge on to others.We are Burnsville’s Premier Fly Fishing Guide Service offering professional guided fishing trips for the novice and the expert. We are dedicated to providing exceptional fishing trips…

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Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club

183 Golf Circle
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
828-286-9117

Named one of the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest, Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club combines scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Foothills with an exceptional 18-hole course and newly-remodeled pool and sports club. The views, the George Cobb design (famous for Quail Hollow Club and Par 3 at…

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Cleghorn Gun Club

1887 Union Rd
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
828-863-1435

Located just minutes from Tryon Resort, the Cleghorn Gun Club offers world-class clay pigeon shooting beautifully incorporated into the scenic topography of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills. Designed by nationally renowned sporting clay course designers Rick Hemingway and Heyward Cunningham,…

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Davidson River Outfitters

49 Pisgah Hwy. Suite 6
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
828-877-4181
888-861-0111

Davidson River Outfitters is a full service Fly Shop offering, Sage, Temple Fork, St. Croix, Fishpond and other top name manufactures. We offer a full guide service for Trout and Smallmouth Bass; take your choice of a wade trip or a more relaxed float trip down one of the local rivers. We have 3…

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Emerald Village

331 McKinney Mine Rd.
Little Switzerland, NC 28749
828-765-6463

Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, about an hour from Asheville, is Emerald Village, North Carolina’s #1 gem mining attraction!  Tour a real mine, see old mining equipment & enjoy the splashing waterfall!  See the Company Store, re-creating an old mining town. Visit Discovery Mill, with many…

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French Broad Adventures

9800 U.S. Hwy 25/70
Marshall, NC 28753
(800) 570-7238

Whitewater rafting, zipline canopy tours, calm water float trips – we’ve got it all! Raft & Zipline with us & experience two of Asheville’s natural wonders; the French Broad River & the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Best of all, with French Broad Adventures you don’t have to…

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Grandfather Mountain

2050 Blowing Rock Hwy
Linville, NC 28646
828-733-2013
800-468-7325

Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge and a nature preserve of global importance. Inspiring scenery helps you leave city life behind when you cross the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, photograph black bears, river otters, cougars and bald eagles up close in natural habitats,…

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Green River Adventures

111 E Main St
Saluda, NC 28773
828.749.2800
800-335-1530

Green River Adventures in Saluda, NC provides an unforgettable outdoor experience with top notch customer service as its core value. With their roots based in kayak instruction, they have evolved into a full-adventure business providing everything from the most popular Guided Inflatable Kayak trips…

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Holmes Educational State Forest

1299 Crab Creek Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28739
828-692-0100

The Holmes Educational State Forest is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The forest offers picnic tables with grills and picnic shelter that seats up to 60 as well as ranger led adult and family programs. With rugged terrain, numerous rock outcroppings, and scenic vistas, it also offers a rich…

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Lake James State Park

Paddy’s Creek Area, 6883 NC-126
Nebo, NC 28761
828-584-7728
877-722-6762

Lake James State Park is a North Carolina state park in Burke and McDowell Counties, North Carolina in the United States. Located near Nebo, North Carolina, it covers 3644 acre and borders 6510 acre Lake James.

Lake James State Park offers a full menu of activities. Along with boating, swimming…

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Nantahala Outdoor Center – Whitewater Rafting

13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713-9114
828.785.5082
800-232-7238

Rated “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, NOC has been a leader in the rafting industry since 1972. NOC offers family friendly outdoor adventures and has served more guests across the globe than any other outdoor company.

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Nantahala Outdoor Center – Zip Lines

13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713-9114
828-785.5082
800-232-7238

Soar high above the Nantahala River Gorge on NOC’s world-class Mountaintop Zip Line Tour, or join us at our Zip Line Adventure Park for a thrilling obstacle adventure.

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Navitat Canopy Adventures

242 Poverty Branch Rd.
Barnardsville, NC 28709
828.626.3700
855.628.4828

Tree-based zipline canopy adventures that thrill, educate, and inspire.

Welcome to Navitat Canopy Adventures Asheville, where our passion and our focus is tree-based adventure! Consistently called one of the best zipline canopy tours in the nation, Navitat is a fully guided,…

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North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806
828-665-2492

Natural beauty comes in a kaleidoscope of colors every season at The North Carolina Arboretum. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, the Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393.

The 434-acre public garden offers…

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Southern Appalachian Anglers/Asheville Fly Fishing

563 Merrimon Ave.
Asheville, NC 28804
(828) 691-1506

Southern Appalachian Anglers Guide Service is Asheville’s Premier Fly Fishing Outfitter and Asheville’s Top Pick For Guided Fishing Trips. Our fishing guides specialize in smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout and wild trout in WNC’s river systems. We are a licensed and…

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THE GORGE Zipline

166 Honey Bee Drive
Saluda, NC 28773
828-749-2500
855-749-2500
THE GORGE ZIPLINE: Saluda, NC – The steepest and fastest zipline canopy tour in America! Begin your 3½ hour trip perched on the rim of the famous Green River Gorge and plunge

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Thrifty Adventures

12255 NC Hwy 226A
Spruce Pine (near Little Switzerland), NC 28777
704-796-4482

Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Waterfall Rappelling, Mountaineering, Rock & Ice Climbing.  Yoga Hikes, White Water Kayaking, River Tubing, Youth and Scout Programming

Thrifty Adventures is a wilderness guiding service based in western North Carolina. TA has the largest variety…

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Western North Carolina Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805
828-259-8080

The WNC Nature Center is Asheville’s Wildlife Park and features over 60 species of animals native to the Southern Appalachians including otters, cougars, red wolves, black bear, birds of prey and reptiles. The Nature Center is one of only six facilities in North Carolina to be accredited by the…

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