Attractions Archives - NC Blue Ridge

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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
(828) 765-9531
(888) 765-9531

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
828-437-1224

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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Biltmore

1 Lodge Street
Asheville, NC 28803
828-225-1333
877-Biltmore

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
828-225-6280
800-411-3812

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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Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

1928 Little River Rd
Flat Rock, NC 28713
828-693-4178

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Carl Sandburg and communicating the stories of his works, life and significance as an American poet, writer, historian, biographer of Abraham Lincoln, and social activist. Carl Sandburg provided a popular voice for…

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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock Park
PO Box 39
Chimney Rock, NC 28720
828-625-9611
800-277-9611

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
828-877-3130

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
828-877-4700

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
(828) 692-6560

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
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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Folk Art Center – Southern Highland Craft Guild

Folk Art Center – Southern Highland Craft Guild
382 Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville, NC 28815
828-298-7928

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
(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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Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine

13780 NC-226
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
828-765-6130
888-817-5829

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
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

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

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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Hands On! Children’s Museum

318 N. Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 697-8333

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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Launch Trampoline Park

24 Walden Dr.
Arden, NC 28704
828-651-0280
Launch Trampoline Park is a 25,000 sq. ft. indoor sports and family entertainment facility in Arden, NC just 5 miles south of Asheville.  With over 12,000 sq. feet of connected trampolines forming one GIANT jumping surface and angled trampoline walls to bounce off of, Launch will get your

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Linville Caverns

Linville Caverns
19929 US 221 North
Marion, NC 28752
828-756-4171
800-419-0540

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
828-765-9394

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
828-785.5082
800-232-7238

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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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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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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Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

1401 Fish Hatchery Road
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
828-877-4423

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
828-367-8330
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
(828) 367-8330
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
828-776-4477

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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Sky Zone Trampoline Park

1836 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 338-8630

People need to play. It’s beneficial to mind and body. At Sky Zone Trampoline Park, we take our activity a different kind of way. And our innovative trampoline park provides the most up-to-date activities and features. Whether it’s a birthday party, an afternoon pickup game of Ultimate…

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South Mountains State Park

3001 South Mountain Park Ave.
Connelly Springs, NC 28612
828-433-4772
877-722-6762

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
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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Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center

223 W. State Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
828-669-9566

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 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

1173 Whitson Branch Rd
Bakersville, NC 28705
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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Tryon International Equestrian Center

25 International Blvd.
Mills Spring, NC 28756
(828) 863-1000

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations and competition venues, and home to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games! It is a spring, summer

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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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WNC Photo Tours

Asheville, North Carolina
828-333-3110
An initiative by Dawnfire Photography, WNC Photo Tours offers private photography tours & lessons around Asheville, NC. We provide small, private tours that focus

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