The Blue Ridge Mountains encompass several parks including the Smoky Mountain National Park. Pisgah National Forrest is also part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This land was donated by the owners of the Biltmore Estate, The Vanderbilt’s. The Appalachian Trail also runs through the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is one of the longest trails in North America. Below are some other things to be aware of during your discovery experience.
The North Carolina Mountains are known for good trout fishing. There are several gems to choose from. We have highlighted a couple of these below
Deep Creek – Located at the base of the Smoky Mountain National. You fine excellent trout fishing here. You will see waterfalls and having mountain biking opportunities here too.
Green River – This area is deep in a gorge south of Henderson off Interstate 26. The fishing here is excellent with a decent brown trout population.
Navitat – Located north of Asheville, this canopy tour offers breath taking long range mountain views. Zip lines, rappelling, sky bridges and hikes are available.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Rattlesnake Lodge- a hike past a waterfall and through the woods to the ruins of an old vacation home of an Asheville conservationist. Head to the parking area at Bull Gap on Ox Creek Rd, one mile off the Parkway.
Devil’s Courthouse Trail- an uphill half mile hike that leads to a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge mountains. Mile Post 422.4
Cataloochee – One of the highest ski areas in North Carolina. Cataloochee has a snowboarding park with several black diamond
trails for the more adventurous.
Wolf Laurel – The most convenient ski area to Asheville. This is a outing to enjoy skiing with a nice lodge to kick back at.
Beech Mountain – Located near Boone and Blowing Rock. Beech offers one of the most extensive ski trail systems in North Carolina.
Sugar Mountain – Also locate near Boone and Blowing Rock North Carolina. A great alternative to Beech mountain if you want to mix up the terrain by days.
Lake James – East of Asheville, this is a true mountain lake with nice access to Blowing Rock. There is a great lake community called, “Lake James” as well.
Lake Toxaway – South of Asheville, this lake is centrally located to several outdoor activities such as waterfalls and fishing.
Fontana Lake – This lake is more remote being located at the south end of the Smoky Mountain National Park. There are several great mountain biking opportunities here, most notably Tasali single track trail.