Welcome to North Carolina Mountains

The Cherokee who hunted on these forested slopes were later joined by 18th-century Scots-Irish immigrants looking for a better life. Lofty towns such as Blowing Rock enticed the sickly, lured by the fresh mountain air. Today, scenic drives, leafy trails and roaring rivers draw visitors from around the world.

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$79 Outdoor Activities

Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls 5-Hour Hiking Tour with Guide

Your tour begins with pickup from your Asheville area hotel or accommodation by an air-conditioned van, which has all captains chairs for the drive to and along the Blue Ridge Parkway when open, which is also Great Smoky Mountain National Park an American treasure well known for its scenic beauty and remarkable mountain views. Sit back , relax and enjoy this stunning drive to our first waterfall in Pisgah National Forest  before travelling a short distance to visit two more falls in a beautiful state forest..  Along the way you'll listen to interesting stories about the rich history of the area that has been attracting people to the area for generations from your local Asheville guide.  Wear comfortable shoes or hiking boots for the  easy to moderate hiking portion of the tour . You should feel comfortable walking approximately 3.5 miles  at one time during the hiking portion of the tour with stops along the way that will allow you time to enjoy falls, a snack and drink that is provided.  Bring a small day pack if you have one. Safety is always a priority!    After hiking, your tour concludes with transport back to your hotel, leaving you the rest of the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure.

$19.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Asheville Ghost Walking Tour with Mystery Museum Admission

Meet your guide at the Asheville Masonic Temple, location of the Asheville Mystery Museum, for your 2-hour hautned walking tour. Stroll through the streets of scenic downtown Asheville at night as you are brought to the area's most haunted hotspots. You'll hear the legends and history of: • The Pink Lady who haunts the Grove Park Inn • Chilling apparitions from a suicide at Helen's Bridge • A young lady brutally murdered in the Battery Park Hotel • Spirits from the madman who executed our city's largest killing spree • Why psychics call Asheville a vortex • A body entombed in the wall of St. Lawrence, and much more. You experience Asheville's dark underbelly! At the end of the tour, you will enter the basement of the Masonic Temple to experience Mystery Museum. You'll never view Asheville the same way again!

$80 Water Sports

Asheville Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Meet your guide in Asheville's River Arts District to begin your stand-up paddling tour with a 10-minute shuttle ride to the start point at Hominy Creek. Here, you'll be fitted with a life jacket, paddle, and your board. Receive a short, introductory lesson on the basics of SUP from your guide before setting off along the water.From Hominy Creek, a shallow, sand-bottomed 'practice pond' where you'll gain your confidence and balance, float along the waterway, which eventually joins the larger French Broad River—a wide, historical stretch of water. Paddle along the outer boundary of the famous Biltmore Estate, and listen to historical tales of Asheville's scenic surrounds from your guide. Finish your 2-hour tour back in the River Arts District, which is in walking distance of breweries and shops you can explore independently, if you wish.

$12 Outdoor Activities

Apple Hill Farm Guided 45-Minute Alpaca Walking Tour

What happens when you put nine species of animals with different personalities and a senses of purpose together? You get a farm full of life, funny happenings and interesting experiences. Apple Hill Farm is brimming with new and engaging moments of animal life. Best of all, you get to visit this amazing place!Your guided walking tour lasts 45- to 90-minutes and winds through the pastures, old apple orchard and landscaped gardens. You will get to meet alpacas, llamas, guardian donkeys, angora goats, guardian dogs, chickens and Mr. Pickles the mini-pig! The owner's passion is creating an environment where can develop a new and deeper connection with animals and the beautiful mountain they call home. Every animal on the farm and every crop in the garden is grown and maintained with a specific purpose. Everyone has an important role at Apple Hill Farm - you included!In addition to farm animals, Apple Hill Farm is also home to the largest selection of alpaca products in the High Country of North Carolina. They have over 20 varieties of alpaca yarn as well as gloves, scarves, socks, sweaters, vests, jackets, hats, stuffed animals and more - all created from luxurious alpaca fiber!

$74.95 Outdoor Activities

Flame Azalea Trail Trail Horseback Riding at Arrowmont Stables

Meet your guide at Arrowmont Stables and Cabins in Cullowhee North Carolina, which is about a 2-hour drive from Asheville. Get acquainted with equine behavior and receive riding tips during a 50-minute safety program via training video and live demonstration.Once you’re matched with a suitable horse, snap on your helmet and practice horseback riding in the ring before setting off on the Flame Azalea Trail. Follow your guide through a hardwood and white pine forest flanked by azaleas before you emerge into an open meadow. Reaching 4,200 feet in elevation, you’re treated to sweeping views out of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Be on the lookout for wildlife, including raptors soaring above.On the descent, travel past the Old Fort Lodge and a former youth camp established in 1960 — before ending your tour back at the stables of the 200-acre (80-hectare) working horse farm.Some RIDING TIPS: • Horses don't know they are big. That's why we can control them with the bit in their mouth. • Horses think like little children. They want you to protect them. • Horses can be very stubborn. Whoever is MOST stubborn wins. You need to be more stubborn than the horse.

$61.35 Water Sports

Watauga River Small-Group Rafting from Elizabethton

Meet your guide at the meeting point near the Watauga River. Here you will have access to hot showers, changing rooms, restrooms, a screened-in riverside picnic shelter, private beach and of course free parking.    Please arrive 30-minutes early to check in. Your adventure will begin at the base of the highest TVA electrical producing dam in the Southeast and proceeds through a cliff-sided valley where the water is clear enough to see to the bottom twenty feet below. The Watauga River winds its way through the valley in a moderate, but fast moving fashion that is accentuated with class I and II rapids to keep you focused on the river itself. Around the next corner lies the Anaconda, a class III hydraulic that serves as an excellent chance to get splashed, and cooled off before continuing on with our rafting trip.  After another hour of twists and turns and a few more rapids, the boat delivers you to a private pristine beach at the edge of the river and your journey’s end at our riverside Outpost where you are welcome to relax chat with other rafters.

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