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.

Banner Elk, NC

100 W. Main St
Banner Elk, NC 28604

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

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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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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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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Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club

183 Golf Circle
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Named one of the best places to play golf in Western North Carolina, Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club is the best that mountain golf has to offer. Cleghorn is more than 18 holes of golf; it is an experience you will not soon forget. The views, the George Cobb design

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Cleghorn Gun Club

1887 Union Rd
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

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

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

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

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

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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Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center

130 Kanuga Chapel Drive; Hendersonville, NC 28739
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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

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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Lazy Otter Outfitters

10 Banner Farm Rd, Mills River NC 28759
Mills River, NC 28759

Welcome to the French Broad River – nature’s favorite stretch of one of the world’s oldest rivers. Far from the rush and the roads, yet close to Hendersonville, Asheville and Brevard. See the French Broad the Lazy Otter way! Lazy Otter Outfitters offers kayak, canoe, paddle board and tube trips on…

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Nantahala Outdoor Center – Whitewater Rafting

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

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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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North Mills River Recreation Area & Campground

5289 N. Mills River Rd.
Horse Shoe, NC 28742

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

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 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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Rockbrook Camp for Girls

4000 Greenville Hwy.
Brevard, NC 28712

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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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 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

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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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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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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