Outdoor Recreation Archives - NC Blue Ridge

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/Blue Ridge Homes of Yonder

10 Church St.
Asheville, NC 28801
888-699-2987

Enjoy the finest homes and services in the mountains! Celebrating 10 years in Western North Carolina and with over 4,000 5-Star reviews, Yonder provides relaxing and personalized luxury homes for vacation rentals in Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains; from 1 bedroom loft apartments in the heart…

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Banner Elk, NC

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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Bear Tracks Travel Center & Outdoor Adventures

10932 Rosman Hwy.
Lake Toxaway, NC 28747
828-862-8992

Bear Tracks Travel Center, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina at Lake Toxaway, is the destination for all of your travel, shopping and adventure needs. For the traveler, we offer Food, Fuel, Tourist Information, ATM, Clean Restrooms, Maps, Movie Rentals, and Lottery. For the…

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Blue Ridge Heritage Trail

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

THE BLUE RIDGE HERITAGE TRAIL follows special places throughout the North Carolina mountains that embody the remarkable history and culture of the region. Our region boasts the highest mountain east of the Mississippi at Mount Mitchell the oldest river in America, the deepest gorge in the Eastern…

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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 Campground

1 Davidson River Circle
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
828-862-5960
877-444-6777

Davidson River Campground is nestled just inside the Pisgah National Forest and only 3 miles away from the beautiful town of Brevard, NC. The campground runs along Davidson River, a great place for fishing, tubing, and swimming, and is considered one of the premier trout fishing spots in the…

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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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Gorges State Park

976 Grassy Ridge Rd.
Sapphire, NC 28774
828-966-9099

Gorges State Park, North Carolina’s Crown Jewel, is part of the natural area that National Geographic named as one of the 50 of the World’s Last GREAT Places – Destinations of a Lifetime. Plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges and sheer rock walls await all Gorges State Park…

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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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Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center

130 Kanuga Chapel Drive; Hendersonville, NC 28739
Hendersonville, NC 28739
828-692-9136

Experience Kanuga! Enjoy enlightening conferences, seasonal guest periods reminiscent of family camp, traditional summer youth camps, and relaxing overnight getaways at our historic inn.

Stay for a Night or Longer. Our newly renovated historic Kanuga Lake Inn welcomes overnight guests…

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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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Mountain Harvest Organics, Lodging & Farm Tours

77 Wyatt Ln.
Hot Springs, NC 28743
828-622-3654

Mountain Harvest Organics is a paradise for nature seekers and foodies alike. During your visit, you might just find yourself wondering through the organic gardens, maybe even helping harvest seasonable produce for healthy and incredibly fresh meals, or perhaps you’ll have fun visiting with the…

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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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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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North Mills River Recreation Area & Campground

5289 N. Mills River Rd.
Horse Shoe, NC 28742
828-890-3284
877-444-6777

North Mills River Recreation Area is a secluded jewel for camping in NC. Each campsite is only a short stroll from the swift, cool, shallow waters of North Mills River. Swim, tube, or fish for Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout in a beautiful, forested setting. Within 30

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Pearson’s Falls

2720 Pearson Falls Road
Saluda, NC 28773
828-749-3031

Pearson’s Falls and Glen is a top natural attraction in Polk County, NC, hosting over 20,000 visitors each year.  We are located in the foothills of Western North Carolina off Hwy.  76, between the towns of Tryon and Saluda.This unique botanical preserve is comprised of 268

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Rockbrook Camp for Girls

4000 Greenville Hwy.
Brevard, NC 28712
828-884-6151

Rockbrook is a traditional overnight summer camp for girls located in the mountains of western North Carolina near Brevard. Established in 1921, it offers a diverse program of horseback riding, outdoor adventure activities, whitewater rafting, ceramics, crafts, and many other activities. Girls ages…

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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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Southern Highlands Reserve

558 Summit Ridge Rd.
Lake Toxaway, NC 28747
828-885-2050

The Southern Highlands Reserve is dedicated to sustaining the natural ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains through the preservation, cultivation and display of plants native to the region and by advocating for their value through education, restoration and research. Located in Western North…

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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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The Learning Center at PARI

1 PARI Dr.
Rosman, NC 28772
828-862-5554

Explore the past, visit the future at this world-renowed 200-acre former facility — developed by NASA in 1962. Visitors participate in hands-on activities and experience the center’s famous nighttime star-gazings. Enjoy hiking trails, campus tours, scenic mountain views, hands-on space and…

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Thrifty Adventures

12255 NC Hwy 226A
Spruce Pine (near Little Switzerland), NC 28777
828-260-4505

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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Wolf Ridge Ski Resort & Vacation Rentals

578 Valley View Circle
Mars Hill, NC 28754
828-689-4111
800-817-4111

Nestled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, conveniently located just 5 miles off I-26 and 30 minutes north of Asheville is Wolf Ridge Ski Resort. This family oriented resort has tremendous offerings for the ski and snowboard enthusiast from beginner to expert slopes. The Wolf…

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