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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Taylor's Mountainside A-Frame

Private home, Sleeps 7 adults comfortably, more than fully stocked kitchen, all linens, huge front deck, grill, picnic table, porch swing, nestled in the middle of our 3 lots for privacy; cots in closet for "extra" children, bedding if needed. 2 bedrooms, plus bonus sleeping loft and 2

Franklin, NC Businesses

Land of the Waterfalls

There are over 260 scenic waterfalls in Transylvania County, "Land of the Waterfalls." Many of the falls are easily accessible to the public because they are located in our three parklands: Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest, & Gorges State Park. Following are the major falls:

Brevard, NC Natural Attractions

Swiss Mountain Village

Rustic relaxation! Rent a cabin or chalet by the day or week. Units sleep 4, 6, or 8 guests. Every unit has a fireplace, full kitchen, washer &

Blowing Rock, NC Businesses

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