The North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains offer remarkable gateways.
The first thing you need to determine is what type of destination you want to go to. Here are the type of destinations to consider:
Western North Carolina
Includes the mountain towns and lakes of Cashiers, Highlands, Chatuge Lake and Franklin. This area is more convenient to Atlanta, Charlotte, Knoxville and Greenville.
Boone, Blowing Rock and Lake James offer plenty of things to do and convenient to the Charlotte, Raleigh and Winston-Salem area.
Other Rural Areas
There are plenty of small towns to explore. For example Flat Rock offers incredible trout fishing on the Green River. Burnsville offers true mountain top golf at the highest elevations. Lake Lure offers a real mountain lake experience with Chimney Rock being right there for more great explorations.