Things To Do in the Central Mountains

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Discover the Best Things to Do in the Central Mountains

Welcome to the NC Central Mountains, where endless adventures and cultural experiences await! Explore the grandeur of the Biltmore House, stand tall atop Chimney Rock, and discover the beauty of DuPont State Park. Climb to new heights at Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi, and hike to stunning waterfalls that will leave you breathless. Whether you’re delving into the past at historic sites, soaking in the natural beauty, or seeking outdoor thrills, the Central Mountains have something for everyone. Plan your perfect mountain getaway and uncover all the amazing things to do in this captivating region!
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Blue Ridge Parkway

The North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway offers an unforgettable driving experience, blending stunning natural beauty with a series of exciting stops along the way. Stretching from Cherokee to the North Carolina border, this scenic byway winds through the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, providing breathtaking vistas, lush forests, and a host of outdoor activities.

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Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park, located in Chimney Rock Village of Hickory Nut Gorge in North Carolina, is a renowned destination offering a mix of natural beauty, adventure, and relaxation. Its 535-million-year-old namesake, Chimney Rock, and the impressive 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls highlight the park. Originally, Hickory Nut Gorge State Park, established in 2005, spans 6,270 acres in North Carolina. It’s part of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in the Blue Ridge region.

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The North Carolina Arboretum


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Biltmore House

Biltmore House is a true architectural gem, designed by renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt. Construction began in 1889 and concluded in 1895, resulting in a 250-room mansion that stands as a prime example of Châteauesque architecture. With its majestic banquet hall, library, indoor pool, and an extensive collection of art and furnishings, the house reflects the opulence and refinement of the Gilded Age.

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Asheville Pinball Museum

Did you know that there was a pinball museum? Some of you reading this may not have ever played a pinball machine, or even heard of a pinball machine, but they exist and your dads have probably spent the equivalent of a full tank of gas today, on games that cost 25 cents when they were teens. Yes, twenty-five cents… At the Asheville Pinball Museum, once you pay admission, you can PLAY 50 different pinball machines for FREE!

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Mount Mitchell

Mount Mitchell State Park, located 30 miles northeast of Asheville in Yancey County, NC, is a premier destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. This expansive park, the genesis of North Carolina’s state parks system, is a marvel of the Appalachian Mountains, offering over 4,789 acres of pristine wilderness. The park is home to Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, rising to an impressive 6,684 feet.

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Pisgah Forest

Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina is a treasure trove of natural wonders, offering countless opportunities for adventure and relaxation. Covering over 500,000 acres, this vast forest is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, featuring everything from cascading waterfalls and rugged mountain peaks to serene hiking trails and lush, green forests. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a seasoned camper, or simply someone who loves to explore the great outdoors, Pisgah National Forest has something for everyone.

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DuPont State Forest

DuPont State Forest is a paradise for kayakers, with its stunning lakes and peaceful waterways. Lake Julia, Lake Dense, and Lake Imaging provide excellent opportunities for paddling and exploring the forest’s serene waters. Bring your own kayak or rent one from a local outfitter to embark on a memorable adventure. Please note that motorized boats are not allowed on these lakes, ensuring a tranquil and uninterrupted experience for kayakers.

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Carl Sandburg Home National Park

The Carl Sandburg National Historic Site near Hendersonville, North Carolina, is a treasure trove of history and natural beauty, offering a glimpse into the life of the famed poet and author Carl Sandburg. Nestled in the serene setting of Connemara, Sandburg’s beloved home, the site spans 264 acres of rolling hills, picturesque pastures, and scenic hiking trails. Visitors can explore the historic home, which has been preserved as it was during Sandburg’s time, filled with his personal belongings and extensive collection of books.

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Apple Valley Model Railroad


Bullington Gardens


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Western NC Air Museum


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Rocks and Things


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Emerald Village


Sky Valley Zip Tours


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The Historic Orchard at Altapass

Located in the scenic North Carolina Mountains near Spruce Pine, NC, The Historic Orchard at Altapass is a delightful destination that offers visitors a blend of natural beauty, rich history, and fun-filled activities. This 100-year-old apple orchard is more than just a place to pick fresh fruit; it’s a vibrant cultural hub where visitors can enjoy live music, storytelling, and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Exploring the Quieter Side of the Smokies

Dive into the serene beauty of the Smoky Mountains with 828Vibes, your go-to travel buddy for all things calm and captivating in western North Carolina! Picture this: a journey from Murphy to Boone, sprinkled with hidden gems of towns, breathtaking hikes, mesmerizing waterfalls, and the best spots to grab a bite or lay your head after a day of adventure. But that’s not all – for the Jeep enthusiasts, we’ve got trails, clubs, and events that will rev your engines. And for those who live for the great outdoors, our guide is bursting with activities to make your heart sing. Don’t just read about it – join Lee and Debra on their picturesque escapades through the Smokies on our social channels, where stunning videos and snapshots await. Welcome to 828Vibes, where the quieter side of the Smokies speaks volumes.

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