The North Carolina Mountains are also known as "Land of the Sky," especially the Asheville area. The northwest part of this area is also called "The High Country."
Attractions in the North Carolina Mountains include Grandfather Mountain and Linville Caverns. Emerald Village is a group of mining and historical sites that are also popular.
Cherokee Adventures in Erwin offers whitewater rafting through Nolichucky Gorge. This gorge has an altitude of 3,000 feet with Class III and Class IV rapids.
Additional Outdoor Activities
The North Carolina mountains offer skiing during the winter. Common activities during the summer include fishing, rock climbing and hiking.
The areas around Blowing Rock and Boone offer many campgrounds ranging from primitive campsites to parks with full RV hookups. For example, the Boone KOA Campground in Boone also has a store, laundry and hot showers.
The Banner Elk Winery & Inn in Banner Elk is a bed and breakfast that has extensive blueberry fields on the property. Mountainside Lodge Bed & Breakfast is also located in Banner Elk and overlooks the Watauga River.