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Top things to do in North Carolina Smoky Mountains

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Ranked #1 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #2 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Western North Carolina is a dream vacation destination and we take advantage of everything WNC has to offer: whitewater... more » Owner description: Western North Carolina is a dream vacation destination and we take advantage of everything WNC has to offer: whitewater rafting on three great rivers, white water kayak instruction, fly fishing, scenic lake tours and a store overlooking the Nantahala River. And when winter arrives, we take our expertise to Costa Rica and Ecuador for more great outdoor adventures. « less
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Dry Falls (Highlands)
Ranked #3 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks

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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Blue Ridge Parkway (Asheville)
Ranked #4 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: National Parks; Scenic Drives; Historic Walking Areas
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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Cherohala Skyway (Robbinsville)
Ranked #5 of 285 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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Whiteside Mountain (Highlands)
Ranked #6 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks
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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Pincu Pottery (Bryson City)
Ranked #7 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Browse the gallery and watch the potter at work. Pottery Classes, now only available in the summertime, fill quickly.... more » Owner description: Browse the gallery and watch the potter at work. Pottery Classes, now only available in the summertime, fill quickly. Please call to register. « less
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Ranked #8 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Sports Complexes; Landmarks
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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Ranked #9 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks

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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Biltmore Estate (Asheville)
Ranked #10 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks

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 #11 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Bridges; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Mount Mitchell (Burnsville)
Ranked #12 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks

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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Biltmore Gardens (Asheville)
Ranked #13 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #14 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #15 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mountains; State Parks; Nature and Parks
This 15,000-acre North Carolina state park offers trout fishing, hiking, climbing and scenic waterfalls.
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Waterrock Knob (Maggie Valley)
Ranked #16 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #17 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Whitewater Falls (Sapphire)
Ranked #18 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
Owner description: A favorite spot for hikers and picnickers, this scenic area features the Whitewater River dropping more than 400 feet in a... more » Owner description: A favorite spot for hikers and picnickers, this scenic area features the Whitewater River dropping more than 400 feet in a series of cascading falls. « less
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Ranked #19 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Museums
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Santeetlah Lake (Robbinsville)
Ranked #20 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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 #21 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Educational Sites; Specialty Museums
Owner description: Traditional and contemporary Southern Appalachian crafts, including century-old pieces, are displayed in this folk art... more » Owner description: Traditional and contemporary Southern Appalachian crafts, including century-old pieces, are displayed in this folk art center, which also houses the first craft shop in the U.S. « less
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Ranked #22 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #23 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
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Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (Hendersonville)
Ranked #24 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mines; Landmarks
Owner description: At Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, in Hendersonville, NC, you become a prospector from the 1800's and mine for real gem stones that... more » Owner description: At Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, in Hendersonville, NC, you become a prospector from the 1800's and mine for real gem stones that you can keep! Gems that are found daily include Rubys, Sapphires, Emeralds, Quartz crystals, Citrine, Amethyst, Garnets, Adventurine, Sodalite, Opal, Fluorite, Aquamarine and many more! Our flumes are covered for your comfort and for rain or shine mining! You can even bring a picnic and relax at one of our picnic tables or by the creek! During colder months we have INDOOR mining too!Our Rock Shop is the best around and no one can beat our prices!We also have multiple antique vendors wirh a huge variety of antiques and collectibles. « less
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Ranked #25 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Educational Sites; Gardens; National Parks

    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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Tail of the Dragon (Robbinsville)
Ranked #26 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Scenic Drives; Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #27 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Fields of the Wood is a Bible based theme park located in the Great Smoky Mountains. From Prayer Mountain to Ten Commandment... more » Owner description: Fields of the Wood is a Bible based theme park located in the Great Smoky Mountains. From Prayer Mountain to Ten Commandment Mountain and to the All Nations Cross, God's word unfolds through marble and stone. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Gift Shop and Cafe hours vary according to the season. « less
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Soco Falls (Maggie Valley)
Ranked #28 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #29 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Geologic Formations; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #30 of 285 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
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