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Mountains Region, North Carolina

The Appalachian mountain chain runs through the western part of the state, forming the lush landscape of the region. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in the state, and at 6,684 feet, it is also the tallest mountain in the eastern United States.

Two-thirds of North Carolina's mountains are covered with hardwood forests, and in autumn, the over 120 species of trees put on a brilliant display of color. There are hundreds of waterfalls, and cold mountain streams full of trout. Some areas of the region see over 30 inches of snow a year, so skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports are popular activities.

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Lost Cove Naturalist

Specializing in wilderness adventures, backpacking, primitive technology and naturalist education. We offer programs in primitive technology, how to make fire by friction, wilderness quickie and long term survival shelters, wild edible & medicinal plants, & backpacking "101:

Linville, NC Hiking

Symmes Chapel - Pretty Place

The outdoor chapel at the YMCA Camp Greenville, called "Pretty Place," offers a breathtaking view from the top of Standing Stone Mountain. More than 100 couples are married each year at this chapel, which is closed to the public during weddings and camp functions.

Cedar Mountain, NC Weddings

Holston Presbytery Camp & Retreat Center

Holston Presbytery Camp & Retreat Center offers year-round retreat facilities and a summer camp program. Located on 152 acres of mountains, we can host groups of up to 130 people. Our Buffet Style "All You Can Eat"

Banner Elk, NC Retreats

Fontana Lake Trails

Fontana Lake is roughly 30 miles long and is at an elevation of around 1700'. It is one of the deepest in the region. The Appalachian Trail

, NC Hiking

Fontana Lake Boating

If you're towing your own boat, TVA has several public access areas; two are close to Bryson City. The Old 288 ramp is west of town; turn off Everett Street next to the Family Dollar Store and continue several miles staying next to the Tuckasegee River. The Lemons Branch ramp is west of town;

, NC Boating

Fontana Lake Fishing

The 29-mile long, 11,700-acre Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) lake has more than 240 miles of shoreline. And its deep, cold waters provide the ideal habitat for a variety of fish. In fact, record size muskie and walleye have been pulled from its depths. And many believe it'

, NC Fishing

Lake Hiwassee Fishing

Lake Hiwassee is well known for its fishing for striped bass, bluegill, yellow perch and muskie. In fact, The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame lists a record 54

, NC Fishing

Cleghorn Plantation Golf & Country Club

Cleghorn Plantation is just minutes from Tryon. It is one of the finest public or private golf courses in western North Carolina. This George Cobb design measures 6900 yards, par 71, with four sets of tees to match every player'

Rutherfordton, NC Golf Courses

Nantahala Outdoor Center-French Broad Outpost

Closest whitewater rafting to Asheville. NOC offers 3 experience levels within an hour's drive from downtown Asheville. French Broad River:Conveniently located 25

Bryson City, NC Businesses



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