Mount Mitchell State Park - This State Park contains the highest mountain peak in the eastern United States!
The park offers several hiking trails, look out areas, picnic areas and a restaurant.
Thermal City Goldmine-an authentic mine on the Broad river- 45 minutes away- 74 east to Rtherfordton to hwy 221 (Between Marion and Rutherfordton).
Lake Lure, which has been named by National Geographic as one of America’s most beautiful man-made lakes, is just five minutes down the road.
Nearby local activities include hiking in Chimney Rock Park, golf, tennis, river tubing, boating, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and gem mining. Dupont State Forest and its hiking trails with waterfalls can be reached in 45 minutes.
The lake is 1500 acres with 27 miles of shoreline surrounded by mountains, including the rumbling bald mountain.
Boats and canoes may be rented at the local marina. Chimney Rock Park - This park offers 75 mile mountain range views, hiking trials and activities.
Carl Sandburg Home and Farm- home of Pulizer prize winning author/poet- 30 minutes away--off Hwy 25 in Flat Rock (828) 693-4178.
Sliding Rock- Pisgah National Fort -60 foot natural, smooth rock waterslide (lifeguard on duty) -off US 276- 1 hour away-(828) 877-3265.
Ride an elevator inside a mountain to the top of the “Chimney Rock” and see Hickory Nut Falls, the waterfall made famous in the film “The Last of the Mohicans”!
The entrance to the park is located 1/4 mile away in the heart of Chimney Rock, NC.
We are located only 21 miles from Asheville, where you can explore the spectacular Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home. Jump to: We Recommend Autumn Adventures and Halloween Activities Things To Do in the Winter Hunting & Fishing Click here for a printable, clickable PDF of this page.
In 30 minutes, you can experience one of America’s most scenic highways – the Blue Ridge Parkway. LOCAL WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES ROCKY BROAD RIVER- HICKORY NUT GORGE The Rocky Broad River is one of the most scenic rivers in Western North Carolina and a 14 mile stretch of this river is called the “Hickory Nut Gorge”.
Cherokee Indian Reservation - Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Unto These Hills performance, replica Indian village, Indian arts and crafts center Cherokee, NC. Black Mountain- The town of Black Mountain has a charming historic district on Cherry Street offering lovely shops, galleries, antique stores, an old time general store, and cafes- a highly recommended place to spend an afternoon- only 30 minutes away -Hwy 64 East to Hwy 9 North, left at the Town Hardware General Store, left on Cherry. - gemstones, jewelry and gem mining- hwy 64/74- 9 miles east of Lake Lure (828) 286-1220.