Some places are fantastic to visit regardless of the weather or the time of year. If you’re trying to think of where to take your next vacation then it’s time you considered the 5 most beautiful North Carolina Mountains.
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for best place to stay while undertaking winter activities in Maggie Valley or simply want to try your hand at camping in the Rockies during the height of summer. You are guaranteed to find something to appeal and admire with these beautiful North Carolina Mountains:
Blue Ridge Pinnacle
At 5,665 feet this is a pretty high pinnacle and explains why it has such fantastic views across the area and particular to the town of Graphite, some 4,000 feet below it.
You can get here via several different trails and it’s worth trying the Old Mitchell Toll Road which used to be a major logging site with its own tourist train!
The time taken will vary from a pleasant afternoon to an all-day hike, depending on the trail you choose.
This ridge is actually on the edge of a massive waterfall; which is an impressive site in itself. On the way to the ridge, you’ll pass through some spectacular forests, waterfalls and some of the most rugged landscape anywhere in these mountains.
The falls at the ridge is known as Catawba Falls; you can get there in several hours although a little scrambling will be necessary.
Just 19 miles from Asheville is Bearwallow Mountain. The summit itself is bald and sits at 4,232 feet; what this does do is give you uninterrupted, panoramic views of the surrounding countryside with other mountains in the distance.
It is an impressive sight.
Along the way you’ll see a variety of wild animals; there are even cows grazing peacefully at the top of the mountain!
It is possible to drive most of the way to the top, although the road is unpaved. The mast 537feet need to be climbed on foot; it’s hard work but not overly difficult.
Big Cataloochee Mountain
This mountain sits inside the Smoky Mountains and is named after the nearby ancient Indian reserve. At 6,155 feet it is the highest of the options on this list and will take 2 days of hiking to reach the summit.
It’s worth it, the number of wild animals you’ll see on the way and the stunning views from the top will more than compensate for the risk of bears on the trail.
The round trip is approximately 16 miles.
This is actually fantastic to visit in the Fall when it bursts into a multitude of colors. The trails crisscross the countryside, they are safe, easy to hike, and yet full of adventure. You’ll also find the flat granite outcrops perfect for taking magical pictures; they’ll provide memories that will last a lifetime.
Whether you pick one mountain or try to see all of them, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the experience and want to return again and again to the North Carolina Mountains.