Attractions Archives - NC Blue Ridge


With roaring streams, wild-flowering meadows and blazing sunsets topping tree-covered mountains, the Blue Ridge is a treasure trove of natural wonders. Adding to these gifts of nature are wonders of our own making: the majestic Biltmore Estate, the soaring Blue Ridge Parkway, and a delightful cascade of visitor-friendly farms, museums and adventurous playgrounds for adults and kids alike

Altapass Orchard

Altapass Orchard
1025 Orchard Rd.
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Take a family hayride back in time with storytelling about “the most historically active place” along the Blue Ridge Parkway. An Appalachian cultural & historical center celebrating the people, music, art & natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A century old, the Orchard sits…

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Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill

Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
5205 Appletree Lane
NC 28655

Experience a Blue Ridge Mountain fall adventure at Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill, where apples have been grown since 1930. You can pick apples, go on a Saturday wagon tour of the orchard, watch apples sorted, sample an apple cider slushie, or picnic in the Apple Pickin’ Picnic Shelter. Browse…

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1 Lodge Street
Asheville, NC 28803

Discover Biltmore House & Gardens
Immerse yourself in the timeless hospitality of Biltmore® in Asheville, NC. Your admission includes a self-guided visit to Biltmore House—America’s Largest Home®—a masterpiece of architecture filled with treasures and antiques. Stroll…

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Biltmore Winery

445 Winery Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803

Visit Biltmore Winery, housed in an historic structure original to the estate. Enjoy complimentary tastings of our handcrafted wines as our wine hosts take you on a journey through our reds, whites, and rosés. Linger at our Wine Bar where you can taste our reserve and sparkling wines by the glass…

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Blue Ridge Heritage Trails

195 Hemphill Knob Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803

Welcome to the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail, a collection of special places throughout the North Carolina mountains and foothills that embody the remarkable history and culture of the region. At each location, you will find an interpretive wayside sign that tells the stories of the people and places…

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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock Park
742 Chimney Rock Park Rd,
Chimney Rock, NC 28720

One of NC’s newest state parks, Chimney Rock brings the best of the mountains together in one place. With sweeping, panoramic, 75-mile views of the Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and the Carolina Piedmont from its summit, standing atop the Chimney is a one-of-a-kind experience – one that is…

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Cradle of Forestry

Cradle of Forestry
11250 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

This unique historic site is home of the first forestry school in America, The Biltmore Forest School- 1898-1913. Today the Cradle of Forestry is a favorite Blue Ridge attraction in the heart of the Pisgah National Forest. Highlights include: 18-minute movie, hands-on exhibits, helicopter…

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Crystal Mountain Gem Mine

31 South Broad St
Brevard, NC 28712

Gem Mining in NC! Located in Downtown Brevard, easy access from Asheville and Hendersonville! Crystal Mountain Gem Mine brings you and your family the unique experience of Gem Mining for your very own gem stones, keep everything you find! Enjoy our 52′ indoor water flume and our Rock & Fossil…

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Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

2120 Brevard Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28793

At Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, in Hendersonville, NC, you become a prospector from the 1800’s and mine for real gem stones that you can keep! Gems that are found daily include Rubys, Sapphires, Emeralds, Quartz crystals, Citrine, Amethyst, Garnets, Adventurine, Sodalite, Opal, Fluorite, Aquamarine…

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Emerald Village

331 McKinney Mine Rd.
Little Switzerland, NC 28749

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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Folk Art Center – Southern Highland Craft Guild

Folk Art Center – Southern Highland Craft Guild
382 Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville, NC 28815

The Folk Art Center, located directly on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is one of Asheville’s most popular attractions for both vacationers and locals. Juried craftspeople from the Blue Ridge Mountains of nine southern states are represented through exhibitions, special events and daily craft…

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French Broad Adventures

9800 U.S. Hwy 25/70
Marshall, NC 28753

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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Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine

13780 NC-226
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Come experience the wonder and excitement of prospecting for gemstones in a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere. Gem Mountain is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just onemile from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Gem Mountain is a fun, family oriented attraction that your family will be…

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Gorges State Park

976 Grassy Ridge Rd.
Sapphire, NC 28774

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

Grandfather Mountain
2050 Blowing Rock Hwy
Linville, NC 28646

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

Green River Adventures
111 E Main St
Saluda, NC 28773

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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Hands On! Children’s Museum

318 N. Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Hands On!-A Child’s Gallery is the place where LEARNING comes into PLAY in downtown Hendersonville. Hands On! is an educational and fun children’s museum offering exhibits and programs, and a great way to spend the day with your children, grandchildren, and students ages 1–10. This is a safe…

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Linville Caverns

Linville Caverns
19929 US 221 North
Marion, NC 28752

For great family fun, step inside a mountain at the only show cavern in the NC Blue Ridge. Guided tours take visitors through Humpback Mountain along a level pathway beside an underground stream. Linville Caverns is home to many fascinating features, including unusual stalactites & stalagmites,…

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Little Switzerland Motorcycle Rentals @ Skyline Village Inn

Little Switzerland Motorcycle Rentals @ Skyline Village Inn
12255 NC HWY 226A
Spruce Pine (near Little Switzerland), NC 28777

At Little Switzerland Motocycle Rentals, we offer Dual Sport rentals! We are located on the premises of the Skyline Village Inn, which is at milepost 331 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 226A (at the Diamondback) near Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland,

We now have a BMW 650 GS, a Yamaha TW200…

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Nantahala Outdoor Center – Zip Lines

13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713-9114

Nantahala Outdoor Center offers outdoor adventures at multiple Southeastern locations! Choose whitewater rafting on the Nantahala, French Broad, Pigeon, Ocoee, Chattooga, Ocoee or Chattahoochee Rivers. Visit NOCs main campus at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River for…

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NC Outdoor Adventures

1173 Whitson Branch Rd
Bakersville, NC 28705

Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Waterfall Rappelling, Mountaineering, Rock & Ice Climbing. Yoga Hikes, White Water Kayaking, River Tubing, Youth and Scout Programming. Our adventure guiding company was created out of the obvious need for outdoor recreation experiences and education. Based out of the…

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North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806

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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Pearson’s Falls

2720 Pearson Falls Road
Saluda, NC 28773

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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Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

1401 Fish Hatchery Road
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

We’ve got the fun and the fish, and it’s free!
Feed the trout at the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery; Outdoor trail and wildflower garden; Indoor exhibits featuring live animals; Wildlife film

Trout Hatchery:
A visit to the center starts with a walk…

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Pisgah Forest Gem Mine & Gifts – HENDERSONVILLE, NC

507 N. Main St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Gem Mining RAIN or SHINE!  Located in charming downtown Hendersonville, NC – We are OPEN YEAR-ROUND and proud to offer a large 60 foot indoor gem mining sluice! The Pisgah Forest Gem Mine is GREAT FUN for everyone!
Be sure to visit our unique Retail store,

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Pisgah Forest Gem Mine- PISGAH FOREST, NC

3338 Asheville Hwy.
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Gem Mining RAIN or SHINE!  In Pisgah Forest, NC – We are OPEN YEAR-ROUND and proud to offer indoor and outdoor gem mining areas! The Pisgah Forest Gem Mine is GREAT FUN for everyone!  After Mining, you can relax with a picnic by the river, visit our Koi Pond, or play a game of corn

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Serpentarium Magic

57 Hunters Ridge Rd
Mills River, NC 28759

Come explore an educational tour with over 200 snakes and reptiles right here in WNC. See a two-headed Corn Snake as well as albino collection of snakes, turtles, toads and frogs. Plus, lots of other unique interactive exhibits and gift store.

At Serpentarium Magic, it is our goal to supply all…

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South Mountains State Park

3001 South Mountain Park Ave.
Connelly Springs, NC 28612

In one of the state’s most rugged areas, South Mountains State Park features elevations to 3,000 feet, an 80-foot waterfall, mountain streams and more than 40 miles of trails for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. A true backcountry experience is offered at 24 backpacking campsites at seven…

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Southern Highlands Reserve

558 Summit Ridge Rd.
Lake Toxaway, NC 28747

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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Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center

223 W. State Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Take a trip back in time! As the Asheville area’s primary general history museum, Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center hosts traveling exhibits on a range of historical topics. We also interpret the story of the settlement and

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The Flat Rock Playhouse Theatre

2661 Greenville Hwy.
Flat Rock, NC 28731

Tens of thousands of patrons of the arts turn out annually to the State Theatre of North Carolina, for major musicals, engaging plays, musical concert series and a spectacular Christmas show worthy to be a tradition in any family.

Proudly bearing the mantle of the State Theatre since 1961, Flat…

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166 Honey Bee Drive
Saluda, NC 28773
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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Timber Axe Throwing & Lounge

218 Duncan Hill Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Axe throwing is similar to a combination of darts and bowling. It is an indoor recreational range set up like a bowling alley with a bullseye target at the end of the lane. The lanes are divided by steel fencing with rubberized floors.

  • Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are highly

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Western North Carolina Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805

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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WNC Photo Tours

Asheville, North Carolina

An initiative by Dawnfire Photography, WNC Photo Tours offers private photography tours & lessons around Asheville, NC. We provide small, private tours that focus on helping you capture better photos. Our tours take you to the most breathtaking locations across the Blue Ridge Mountains

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