North Carolina Attractions Things to do Blue Ridge Mountains



Linville Caverns
Name - Linville Caverns
City/State - Marion, NC
County - McDOWELL
Region - North Carolina High Country
Description - NC's only show caverns offers a unique glimpse of nature at work "inside" our mountains! Natural limestone caverns feature stalactites, stalagmites, underground stream with blind trout, the "Bottomless Pool", and the opportunity to experience "total darkness". Guides take visitors along a smooth path into the inner recesses of Humpback Mountain for an entertaining & informative half-hour tour. Complete your visit with rock specimens, gift selections, & souvenirs found in our gift shop.
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The Fun Factory in the Smokies
Name - The Fun Factory in the Smokies
City/State - Franklin, NC
County - MACON
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Enjoy fun & food for the entire family. Features: over 100 arcade games, batting cages, indoor & outdoor mini golf, laser tag, a ferris wheel, go-carts & more. We even have The Foam Factory, an inflatable slide & a carousel for the little tikes. Plus, there are 3 distinct dining options: The Boiler Room Steakhouse, The Burger Factory & The Pizza Factory. Contact our special events coordinator for birthday parties, meetings & company events. Smoke-free. Family-friendly. (Open Mon - Sat)
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Stuart Nye Hand Wrought Jewelry
Name - Stuart Nye Hand Wrought Jewelry
City/State - Asheville, NC
County - BUNCOMBE
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Since 1933 we have made Jewelry in natures own designs in Sterling Silver, Copper and Brass. We welcome Visitors to watch us at work. Our products are available at Guild Crafts next door, at other area Craft Shops and on-line at STUARTNYE.COM
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Ruby City Gems and Minerals
Name - Ruby City Gems and Minerals
City/State - Franklin, NC
County - MACON
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Custom gem cutting and mounting,14kt gold jewelry and findings, cut gemstones, lapidary equipment and supplies, mineral specimens, stone carvings, gifts. Free Museum and store. Specimens from the local area and around the world local Sapphire weighing 385lbs. 14kt gold rings, earrings and pendants ready made or select your stone and have it mounted. We Stock Ruby, Sapphire, Emeralds, Diamonds Tanzanite, Aquamarine, Alexanderite. Jewelry design, ring sizing and jewelry repair are available.
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Gem Mountain
Name - Gem Mountain
City/State - Spruce Pine, NC
County - MITCHELL
Region - North Carolina High Country
Description - We'll satisfy your sense of adventure. Come experience the wonder and excitement of prospecting for gemstones.Many valuable gems are found each day and we supply all of the necessary equipment.Gem mining is fun for mom and dad and kids too!Covered flumes allow for prospecting rain or shine.Our modern gem washing facilities make it an easy and relaxing way to discover Earth's treasures.
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WagonMaster Adventure Ranch Fun Park & Gem Mine
Name - WagonMaster Adventure Ranch Fun Park & Gem Mine
City/State - Murphy, NC
County - CHEROKEE
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Get away from the daily grind at our old fashioned fun park and gem mine tucked away in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. It's a great place to let the kids be kids, and the adults can be kids too or just kick back and watch the fun. You can make great memories together at an AFFORDABLE price, and bring the family pet! Check out our reviews on trip adviser, and come for the day, a weekend, or longer. Our mission is to provide the friendliest family atmosphere where every guest is a VIP.
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Oconaluftee Indian Village
Name - Oconaluftee Indian Village
City/State - Cherokee, NC
County - SWAIN
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Replica of a Cherokee community of the 1750 period featuring Cherokee artisans, lecturers, guides. Homes, and Council House of the l750 period. Also,Cherokee garden and nature trail is a part of the Village tour. http://www.cherokee-nc.com/index.php?page=17
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Unto These Hills
Name - Unto These Hills
City/State - Cherokee, NC
County - SWAIN
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Cherokee, North Carolina's outdoor drama portraying the tragic history of the Cherokee Indians. Open mid-June thru late August annually, Mountainside Theatre. Performance time 8:30 p.m. http://www.cherokee-nc.com/index.php?page=9
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Mystery Hill
Name - Mystery Hill
City/State - Blowing Rock, NC
County - WATAUGA
Region - North Carolina High Country
Description - Mystery Hill is a family oriented entertainment complex devoted to enriching the lives of young and old alike.Our four attractions allow time for fun & games and also a historical view of Native American artifacts & life throughout the Appalachian Mountains from the 19th century. We offer a day of fun since you can visit the Hall of Mystery, The Appalachian Heritage Museum, The Native American Artifacts Museum and our great gift shop.Be sure to have an old time photograph taken of your visit.
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Bradley's General Store
Name - Bradley's General Store
City/State - Dillsboro, NC
County - JACKSON
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Bradley's General Store, churning oldtyme memories for every generation, located in Dillsboro, North Carolina. Join Bradley(our talking Bear)as we celebrate over 125 years of offering what the Western North Carolina public wants.Hand crafted items,old fashioned toys,t-shirts,seasonal decorations,souvenirs,local jams,honey,hiking sticks,antiques,Amish rockers,collectibles and everything that reflects the railroad,river and natural beauty of WNC.Don't forget to try the ice cream or lemonade!
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Spruce Pine Gem Mine
Name - Spruce Pine Gem Mine
City/State - Spruce Pine, NC
County - MITCHELL
Region - North Carolina High Country
Description - Spruce Pine Gem Mine has been family owned and operated for generations,so you can mine with one of the oldest mining families in the nation,mining since 1810.We offer buckets of the finest gem ore from the best native gem mines.Search for your own valuable gemstones in the safety & comfort of our location south of Spruce Pine,North Carolina.We can make custom jewelry from your finds or from gemstones in our GemStone Shop.We are nationally recognized in magazines,books,PBS & local TV stations.
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Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School
Name - Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School
City/State - Pisgah Forest, NC
County - TRANSYLVANIA
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is the ‘Leader in Climber Education’. We offer Rock Climbing and Ice Climbing trips throughout the Southeast including North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and Georgia. We tailor to individuals, families, groups, beginners and offer climbing skills courses for experienced climbers seeking to expand their skills and knowledge. http://www.foxmountainguides.com
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Asheville Hot Air Balloons
Name - Asheville Hot Air Balloons
City/State - Candler, NC
County - BUNCOMBE
Region - Great Smoky Mountains North Carolina
Description - Asheville Hot Air Balloons, LLC flying in Candler and Asheville, NC across the Hominy Valley amidst the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Cold Mountain, Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Mitchell loom in the background. It will take your breath away! For Reservations call 828-667-9943. http://www.ashevillehotairballoons.com/
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Hot Air Balloon Rides
Name - Hot Air Balloon Rides
City/State - East Bend, NC
County - YADKIN
Region - North Carolina Piedmont
Description - Come fly with Captain Jack over the beautiful Yadkin Valley of NC. We are a North Carolina full-service hot air balloon company offering romantic daily balloon flights over the wine country. Experience the elegance and the excitement of a Carolina Balloon AdVenture! http://www.usaballoon.com
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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Name - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
City/State - Chimney Rock, NC
County - BUNCOMBE
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - There's something for everyone at Chimney Rock. Whether you seek the high adventure of a challenging hike and guided rock climbing, a leisurely stroll and soaking in breathtaking 75-mile views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge, it's right here. http://www.chimneyrockpark.com
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The Orange Peel
Name - The Orange Peel
City/State - Asheville, NC
County - BUNCOMBE
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - If live music is your thing, then you belong at The Orange Peel. Listings are updated daily, so sign up for the e-newsletter so you don't miss any of our great shows. Past concerts have included Bob Dylan, Sonic Youth, Sam Bush and Nickel Creek. Come see why locals are saying, "See you at The Peel!" http://www.theorangepeel.net
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Lake Lure Tours, Marina and Beach
Name - Lake Lure Tours, Marina and Beach
City/State - Lake Lure, NC
County - RUTHERFORD
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Dive into spectacular Lake Lure, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hop aboard for scenic boat cruises of this magnificent lake, or, rent a boat and explore on your own (March – early December). The Beach at Lake Lure and the Water Works offer summertime, soaking-wet fun! http://www.lakelure.com
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The Mariam and Robert Hayes Performing Arts Center
Name - The Mariam and Robert Hayes Performing Arts Center
City/State - Blowing Rock, NC
County - WATAUGA
Region - North Carolina High Country
Description - The Mariam and Robert Hayes Performing Arts Center, opening in 2006, will be the premiere arts facility in the NC High Country offering the best in theatre, music, dance, film, children’s shows and will be the home of the Blowing Rock Stage Company. http://www.brcac.org
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The Orchard at Altapass
Name - The Orchard at Altapass
City/State - Little Switzerland, NC
County - MITCHELL
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - The Orchard at Altapass is an Appalachian cultural center celebrating the music, art, and natural beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. Over 100 years old, the Orchard sits right on the Blue Ridge Parkway providing some of the most amazing scenery in North Carolina. Open May through October, 10am-6pm. http://www.altapassorchard.com
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Mount Pisgah Balloons
Name - Mount Pisgah Balloons
City/State - Candler, NC
County - BUNCOMBE
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - We offer one-hour hot air balloon rides in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We are located just 20 minutes West of Asheville. We fly early morning flights (around 7am), seven days a week. Make your vacation a memorable experience. 2-10 passengers. http://www.gomountains.net
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NC ZOO
Name - NC ZOO
City/State - Asheboro, NC
County - RANDOLPH
Region - North Carolina Piedmont
Description - The NC Zoo is a world-class natural habitat park that is home to more than 1000 animals from Africa, North America and new in 2004, Australia. The sights and sounds of the NC Zoo are sure to delight children of all ages. Open 364 days a year. Come visit. http://www.nczoo.org
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Waynesville Live
Name - Waynesville Live
City/State - Waynesville, NC
County - HAYWOOD
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Waynesville, North Carolina's local area community website with live cams, entertainment, attractions, games and much more! http://waynesvillelive.com
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Dellinger Grist Mill
Name - Dellinger Grist Mill
City/State - Bakersville, NC
County - MITCHELL
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Historic Dellinger Mill,listed in the National Register of Historic Places,is the only grist mill of its kind left in the state of NC. I produce water powered/stone ground cornmeal and grits every third week of June-Sept. and every day in October and November, except Sundays. http://www.dellingermill.com
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Smoky Mountain Trains
Name - Smoky Mountain Trains
City/State - Bryson City, NC
County - SWAIN
Region - Great Smoky Mountains North Carolina
Description - Welcome to Smoky Mountain Trains! Smoky Mountain Trains is more than an ordinary museum. With its collection of 7,000 Lionel™ engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout, children’s activity center, and gift/toy shop, Smoky Mountain Trains has something for everyone! http://www.smokymtntrains.com
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Chimney Rock Park
Name - Chimney Rock Park
City/State - Chimney Rock, NC
County - RUTHERFORD
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - The best of the mountains in one place! Chimney Rock Park is a scenic attraction located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, with spectacular 75-mile views, numerous hiking trails, a 404-foot waterfall, Nature Center, picnicking and more. http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/index.php
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Grandfather Mountain
Name - Grandfather Mountain
City/State - Linville, NC
County - AVERY
Region - North Carolina High Country
Description - Grandfather Mountain, the highest peak in the Blue Ridge, is the only private park in the world designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve. Considered the most biologically diverse mountain in eastern North America, Grandfather welcomes visitors from across the globe to this unique example of the endangered high-elevation spruce-fir ecosystem. This site features the outstanding photography of Hugh Morton. http://www.grandfather.com/
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Biltmore Estate
Name - Biltmore Estate
City/State - Asheville, NC
County - BUNCOMBE
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Biltmore House is America’s Largest Privately Owned Home. It has 250 rooms, including 34 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms. It boasts a total of four acres of floor space -- 175,000 square feet or the equivalent of approximately four football fields. http://www.biltmore.com/
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Great Smoky Mountains Railway
Name - Great Smoky Mountains Railway
City/State - Dillsboro, NC
County - JACKSON
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - Now in it's ninth year of providing a full season of passenger excursion trips from April thru December. http://www.gsmr.com/
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Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina
Name - Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina
City/State - Burnsville, NC
County - YANCEY
Region - Western North Carolina
Description - North Carolina. Mount Mitchell, 6684 feet (highest point east of Mississippi). Mount Mitchell State Park, Yancey County, southwest North Carolina. 35 miles northeast from Asheville. http://www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/momi/home.html
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