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Ranked #1 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Specialty Museums
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Blue Ridge Parkway (Asheville)
Ranked #2 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Scenic Drives; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; National Parks
Owner description: This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while protecting the cultural and... more » Owner description: This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while protecting the cultural and natural features of the Blue Ridge. « less
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Dry Falls (Highlands)
Ranked #3 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Waterfalls

The newly renovated park is terrific - there is access for handicapped viewing of the falls, picnic tables and plenty of parking.  The view of the falls from the handicapped area... more »

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Pincu Pottery (Bryson City)
Ranked #4 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Educational Sites
Owner description: Make Your Own Pottery! Schedule yourself and up to 7 other people to spend 2 hours playing with clay! In two hours use the... more » Owner description: Make Your Own Pottery! Schedule yourself and up to 7 other people to spend 2 hours playing with clay! In two hours use the potter's wheel to make a cup and bowl and use molds to create your own, original pottery! Browse the gallery and watch the potter at work, too. Must be 8 yrs old and up to play with clay. Classes are private and they fill quickly. Please call to register. « less
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Ranked #5 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Theaters
A popular theater in the town.
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Cherohala Skyway (Robbinsville)
Ranked #6 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Scenic Drives
This scenic 36-mile road stretches from the mountains of North Carolina into the Tennessee backcountry.
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Biltmore Estate (Asheville)
Ranked #7 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Historic Sites

This is not a typical historic house tour.  First time visitors to Biltmore almost always underestimate the amount of time it takes to tour the estate. Arriving early is essential... more »

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Ranked #8 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Sports Complexes
Owner description: Located just outside of downtown Asheville on 124 acres adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Resort. Asheville Zipline Canopy... more » Owner description: Located just outside of downtown Asheville on 124 acres adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Resort. Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures takes you on a 2-3 hour journey into 150 year old trees overlooking historic downtown Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains on 11 ziplines from several hundred feet to 1200 feet long. Additional adventures at the same location include a treetop adventure park, KidZip, and miles of mountain biking trails offering Asheville's only one stop complete outdoor adventure center. With over 40 years in the outdoor adventure industry, the family owned business is the most experienced outdoor adventure company in the SE with 3 generations involved in the operation. « less
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Whiteside Mountain (Highlands)
Ranked #9 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mountains
Owner description: Expert rock climbers are attracted to Whiteside Mountain, which offers some of the highest cliffs in the east, rising more... more » Owner description: Expert rock climbers are attracted to Whiteside Mountain, which offers some of the highest cliffs in the east, rising more than 2,100 feet to its summit at 4,930 feet. « less
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Ranked #10 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
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Ranked #11 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Historic Sites

Today the Carl Sandburg Home is a National Historic site. The estate offers a beautiful place to go when you want to get away, a world away. There are over 5 miles of hiking... more »

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Ranked #12 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
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Ranked #13 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
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Ranked #14 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mountains; State Parks
This 15,000-acre North Carolina state park offers trout fishing, hiking, climbing and scenic waterfalls.
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Ranked #15 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
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Vx3 Trail Rides (Blowing Rock)
Ranked #16 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Owner description: See the North Carolina mountains like never before! Enjoy customized horseback riding with experienced trail guide Tim Vines.... more » Owner description: See the North Carolina mountains like never before! Enjoy customized horseback riding with experienced trail guide Tim Vines. 2 to 4 hour rides on trustworthy horses with easy trails in and around Blowing Rock NC. Reservations required. « less
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Fine Arts Theater (Asheville)
Ranked #17 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Movie Theaters
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Ranked #18 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Gardens; National Parks; Educational Sites

    Young or old,  male or female,  gardeners or non, hikers, bikers, and all, love the North Carolina Arboretum year round.  The views are spectacular and the outdoor Bonsai... more »

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Ranked #19 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Ranked #20 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Owner description: The Sapphire Sweet Shop and Gem Mine takes visitors back to the olden days. Our mine is set under a canopy of trees and... more » Owner description: The Sapphire Sweet Shop and Gem Mine takes visitors back to the olden days. Our mine is set under a canopy of trees and alongside a running stream. We are not plopped in a parking lot along the side of a busy road. We cater to families and assure that each and every person who walks onto our property has a great time at a reasonable price. The sweet shop is an old timey candy shop which looks the part and carries a line of hand-dipped chocolates, ice cream and retro candies. Out back you will find picnic areas, a log amphitheater and 4 primitive campsites. « less
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Mount Mitchell (Burnsville)
Ranked #21 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mountains

Mount Mitchell is the tallest peak in the Eastern United States at well over a mile high. At an elevation of 6,684 feet (2,037 metres), the scenic landscape views from the... more »

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Ranked #22 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Theaters
Owner description: The regions award winning Semi-professional community theater presenting a year round schedule of plays and musicals. The... more » Owner description: The regions award winning Semi-professional community theater presenting a year round schedule of plays and musicals. The HART Main Stage season runs from late April through November. A CHRISTMAS CAROL is presented each December. January through March activities move to the intimate Feichter Studio Theater which presents a different production every two weeks. Productions range from classics, to major musicals to the latest dramas. Founded in 1984 HART's home, the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, sits on an eight acre historic site just two blocks from Historic Waynesville's main St. « less
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Grovewood Gallery (Asheville)
Ranked #23 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Museums; Specialty Museums
Owner description: Grovewood Gallery is located in Asheville, NC across the street from The Omni Grove Park Inn. Grovewood features 9,000... more » Owner description: Grovewood Gallery is located in Asheville, NC across the street from The Omni Grove Park Inn. Grovewood features 9,000 square-feet of traditional and contemporary crafts by more than 500 artists from around the United States. Also located on the grounds are: The NC Homespun Museum, the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, Grovewood Studios and the Grovewood Cafe. « less
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Rose Creek Mine (Franklin)
Ranked #24 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mines
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Biltmore (Asheville)
Ranked #25 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
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Santeetlah Lake (Robbinsville)
Ranked #26 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Bodies of Water
Owner description: Part of the Nantahala National Forest, this recreational lake consists of 3,000 acres of open water in the midst of green... more » Owner description: Part of the Nantahala National Forest, this recreational lake consists of 3,000 acres of open water in the midst of green mountain slopes, and is ideal for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. « less
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Ranked #27 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Historic Sites; Equestrian Trails
The home and grounds of textile manufacturer Moses Cone.
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Ranked #28 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Performances
Owner description: North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival, the Montford Park Players presents free classical theatre under the... more » Owner description: North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival, the Montford Park Players presents free classical theatre under the stars all summer long - donations are welcome. The Montford Park Players also presents an indoor season from October through April at Asheville's historic Masonic Temple downtown. « less
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Waterrock Knob (Maggie Valley)
Ranked #29 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mountains
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Ranked #30 of 326 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Owner description: Brevard, NC's Crystal Mountain Gem Mine brings you the unique experience of engaging in your own Gem Mining adventure! By... more » Owner description: Brevard, NC's Crystal Mountain Gem Mine brings you the unique experience of engaging in your own Gem Mining adventure! By joining us in our downtown Gem Mine - full of precious gems from private mine shafts around the world - you're able to mine for your own gemstones and try your luck at striking it rich! Just like a real prospector from the 1800's! « less
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