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North Carolina Smoky Mountains - Outdoor Activities

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Ranked #1 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: River rafting & tubing
Owner description: French Broad Rafting and Ziplines is only 24 Miles from Asheville (NC) North Carolina. FBRZ is the closest Asheville zipline... more » Owner description: French Broad Rafting and Ziplines is only 24 Miles from Asheville (NC) North Carolina. FBRZ is the closest Asheville zipline /canopy tour and rafting package to Asheville, Johnson City and Greenville SC. The French Broad River is the closest whitewater rafting to Asheville NC. Whether it's the adventure and excitement of whitewater rafting or the ease and relaxation of a calm water trip, you are looking for, French Broad Rafting and Ziplines is the adventure outfitter for you, your family, or your group. « less
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Ranked #2 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: River rafting & tubing
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Blue Ridge Parkway (Asheville)
Ranked #3 of 170 Outdoor Activities 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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Ranked #4 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Zipline tours; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: Perched on the rim of the Green River Gorge in Saluda, North Carolina - The Gorge is a tree-based zip line canopy adventure... more » Owner description: Perched on the rim of the Green River Gorge in Saluda, North Carolina - The Gorge is a tree-based zip line canopy adventure with 11 zip lines, sky-bridges, and 3 free-fall rappels - dropping an unprecedented 1,100 feet in elevation through 125 acres of old-growth and protected forest. Tours last 3.5 hours and offer 90 mile panoramic views. Designed by the leaders in the canopy tour industry, The Gorge features hands-free breaking for maximum safety and fun! « less
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Ranked #5 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: River rafting & tubing
Owner description: Closest whitewater rafting outfitter to Asheville, NC. Blue Heron Whitewater offers a variety of trips on the French Broad... more » Owner description: Closest whitewater rafting outfitter to Asheville, NC. Blue Heron Whitewater offers a variety of trips on the French Broad River. Choose the trip that fits your group and schedule. Half Day Trips enjoy 5 miles, with class II-III rapids. Full Day Trips add 3 more miles, a delicious deli-style lunch served riverside, and a class IV rapid. Minimum age for whitewater trips is 8. Float Trips are offered for families with kids as young as 4 and for those looking for a scenic float trip through the beautiful Southern Appalachian Mountains. On the river you are no longer a spectator!Come visit our new solar-powered outpost with hot showers, free wet suit use in cool weather and the most experienced guides on the river. « less
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Ranked #6 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: River rafting & tubing
Owner description: At the Nantahala, Wildwater is the original outfitter for the Raft & Rail excursion, and also offers Jeep Tours, raft and... more » Owner description: At the Nantahala, Wildwater is the original outfitter for the Raft & Rail excursion, and also offers Jeep Tours, raft and inflatable kayak rentals,fully guided whitewater rafting trips and zipline canopy tours with Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours. For a multi-day experience, Wildwater Nantahala also offers group lodging and unique Yurt lodging at Falling Waters Resort across the street from our Nantahala Adventure Center. Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours, the first zipline canopy tour in Western NC, is also located on the Falling Waters property. Family owned and operated since 1971, Wildwater is the only company to offer a Quality Service Guarantee. Wildwater offers over 15 different trips on four different rivers in the Southeast. « less
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Ranked #7 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Water sports
Owner description: Rolling Thunder River Company has provided exceptional river trips for over 34 years. The family-friendly Nantahala River in... more » Owner description: Rolling Thunder River Company has provided exceptional river trips for over 34 years. The family-friendly Nantahala River in western North Carolina has become a favorite river for hundreds of thousands of rafters each season. « less
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Ranked #8 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Zipline tours; Outdoor Activities
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Cherohala Skyway (Robbinsville)
Ranked #9 of 170 Outdoor Activities 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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Ranked #10 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Bike tours
Owner description: Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures is a mountain bike guide service that specializes in professionally guided trips in Pisgah... more » Owner description: Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures is a mountain bike guide service that specializes in professionally guided trips in Pisgah and Dupont. Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures offers self-supported guided trips that we will customize to your individual tastes and ability levels. We offer 1/2, full, and multi-day trips that include a snack and lunch. Let the locals show you the best Pisgah has to offer. « less
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Ranked #11 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Other outdoor activities; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: Since 1972, NOC has shared the outdoors with millions of guests on whitewater river rafting trips, with all varieties of... more » Owner description: Since 1972, NOC has shared the outdoors with millions of guests on whitewater river rafting trips, with all varieties of kayak and canoe instruction, on mountain bikes and around the world with our adventure travel trips. « less
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Ranked #12 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Balloon rides
Owner description: Asheville Hot Air Balloons LLC flies across the Hominy Valley amidst the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. The views of Cold... more » Owner description: Asheville Hot Air Balloons LLC flies across the Hominy Valley amidst the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. The views of Cold Mountain, Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Mitchell are astounding! Flights are one-hour at sunrise and cost $235 per person for a shared gondola and $600 for a private couple flight with a bottle of Chateau Biltmore Champagne. Discounts offered for groups of six or more people. « less
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Ranked #13 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Horseback Riding Stables; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: Appalachians by Horseback offers guided trail rides through the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. This includes Boone,... more » Owner description: Appalachians by Horseback offers guided trail rides through the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. This includes Boone, Blowing Rock, NC, and the surrounding High Country. Come with us and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. We are just a short drive from Boone, NC and the surrounding High Country.Never ridden? No problem! We and our horses would love to show you the ropes!Make sure to bring the kids - (ages 5 and up) everyone gets their own horse.Appalachians by Horseback offers packages for Birthday Parties, Anniversary, and Proposal Rides, or let us know how we can make your day special.Please come visit for a ride that you will never forget. « less
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Ranked #14 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Other outdoor activities; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: A family friendly obstacle course in the trees with 50 bridges, cable walks, cargo nets, ziplines, slides, tunnels, and other... more » Owner description: A family friendly obstacle course in the trees with 50 bridges, cable walks, cargo nets, ziplines, slides, tunnels, and other unique challenges. Asheville Treetops Adventure Park is set up with 4 trails to choose from. Easier trails are closer to the ground and have easier challenges. Intermediate and advanced trails are higher and offer increasing difficulty and are great for older teens and adults looking for fun, adventure, challenge, and physical activity. Participants have 2-3 hours to climb and explore on their own with high tech "smart belay" systems that are designed to prevent children and adults from unclipping from the safety system. Great fun for friends, families, and co-worker outings. Perfect for school groups, scouts, church groups, and birthday parties. « less
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Ranked #15 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: River rafting & tubing
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Ranked #16 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Horseback Riding Stables; Outdoor Activities
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Electro Bike Tours (Asheville)
Ranked #17 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Bike tours
Owner description: Discover the highlights of Asheville on a pedal assist electric bike. Imagine riding a bike with a boost; headwinds, hills,... more » Owner description: Discover the highlights of Asheville on a pedal assist electric bike. Imagine riding a bike with a boost; headwinds, hills, and sweaty rides are things of the past! Leave the car behind as we travel on bike-friendly greenways and quiet streets to the Basilica of St. Lawrence, Historic Montford, the Botanic Gardens, the Grove Park Inn, Pack Square, and more. Wind through historic neighborhoods, cruise up hills with a smile, and enjoy an unforgettable two hour tour! The 8 mile tour lasts 2 hours and costs $45 per rider. The Asheville Tour departs at 10am daily from Weaver Park. Be sure to check our website for updates! « less
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Ranked #18 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Water sports
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Ranked #19 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Zipline tours; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: The Beanstalk Journey, a blend of a zip line tour and a ropes course, incorporates fun and excitement with education and... more » Owner description: The Beanstalk Journey, a blend of a zip line tour and a ropes course, incorporates fun and excitement with education and recreation for children and adults alike. The Journey transports individuals and groups through a labyrinth of independent tree houses which serve as rest stops and educational destinations. Each station offers 360-degree views suspended as high as 50-feet above the ground.The Journey offers different levels of physical challenge and adventure ranging from easy and invigorating to advanced and exhilarating. Every outing shares the common goal of generating positive appreciation for nature, local history and the environment with a special focus on each individual’s self-esteem, physical fitness and revitalization of the human spirit. Adventures can be tailored to most any skill level and we also offer customized outings for special needs guests.Visit us in charming Morganton, North Carolina and make a day of your trip! Our zip line canopy tour is located at Catawba Meadows Park, which offers several other activities. Try our on-site custom-built Adventure Playground, the 18-hole disc golf course, and one of the beach volleyball courts. Other activities within walking distance include biking, walking, or running on the Catawba River Greenway and Freedom Trail Greenway which border Catawba Meadows. Also on-site are a festival area and full ADA-accessible bathroom facililities with showers, as well as picnic shelters and restaurants within walking distance. Our course is spectator friendly and very suitable for pictures taken from the ground. Come spend a day with us! « less
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Chunky Gal Stables (Hayesville)
Ranked #20 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Horseback Riding Stables; Outdoor Activities
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The Bike Farm (Hendersonville)
Ranked #21 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Other outdoor activities; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: The Bike Farm is a professional mountain bike guide and concierge service for cyclists visiting Western North Carolina.... more » Owner description: The Bike Farm is a professional mountain bike guide and concierge service for cyclists visiting Western North Carolina. Permitted in Pisgah and DuPont forests, we offer 1/2 day, full-day, and multi-day mountain bike trips custom tailored to meet your desires. We are a Pisgah cyclist's best resource on where to ride, eat, stay and play. The only way to ride like a local is to ride with a local! « less
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Tail of the Dragon (Robbinsville)
Ranked #22 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Scenic Drives; Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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USA Raft (Marshall)
Ranked #23 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: River rafting & tubing
Owner description: USA Raft on the Nolichucky and French Broad Rivers. We offer mild to wild whitewater rafting on the Nolichucky, Watauga and... more » Owner description: USA Raft on the Nolichucky and French Broad Rivers. We offer mild to wild whitewater rafting on the Nolichucky, Watauga and French Broad Rivers. We have a beautiful, rustic river-side bunkhouse that sleeps up to 50.Campground next door. We offer full day trips with lunch and half day excursions. Trips start at $40.We also offer wild cave tours. Prepare to get muddy and have some fun underground. Very popular with youth and outdoor groups. « less
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Ranked #24 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Other outdoor activities; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: We do a jetboat ride that is 40 min. on the water and we offer combination hike and jetboat ride trips that are 4-hr... more » Owner description: We do a jetboat ride that is 40 min. on the water and we offer combination hike and jetboat ride trips that are 4-hr all-inclusive adventures. We have a new Adventure in the Park which features a longer boat ride with a chance to swim and have a snack and a drink (two hours total). Check out the website. « less
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Max Patch (Hot Springs)
Ranked #25 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Hiking Trails
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Wolf Laurel Stables (Burnsville)
Ranked #26 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Horseback Riding Stables; Outdoor Activities
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Ranked #27 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Historic Sites; Equestrian Trails
The home and grounds of textile manufacturer Moses Cone.
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Craggy Gardens (Asheville)
Ranked #28 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Trails; Outdoor Activities
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Ranked #29 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Water sports
Owner description: The canoeing and kayaking river trips can last from 3 hours and up to a two day canoe camping trip. We also offer our Zipline... more » Owner description: The canoeing and kayaking river trips can last from 3 hours and up to a two day canoe camping trip. We also offer our Zipline Canoe Trips that combine a relaxing paddle down the French Broad River with an exhilarating Zip Line course followed by a canoe trip. You may also choose to cool off with a lazy float down the French Broad on our tubing river trip. All of our trips including the canoeing and kayaking river trips are self-guided with the exception of our seasonal special events. Our fly fishing program offers guided fly fishing trips in Western North Carolina! Our fly shop has everything you need to have a successful day on the water. Our licensed NC fly fishing guides can teach you to cast. They can lead you on a guided fly fishing trip for trout or smallmouth, or help you choose flies that will increase your success on our local mountain streams. Our fly-fishing school is fun for the whole family! Headwaters Outfitters also carries a great selection of canoes and kayaks for sale in our RIVER SHOP. Test paddle canoes by Old Town, Mad River & We-no-nah. We have kayaks by Jackson Kayak, Wilderness Systems and Perception. At our River Shop, the north and west forks meet forming the French Broad River. This makes it an excellent location to test paddle canoes or kayaks. Headwaters Outfitters is conveniently located just outside of Brevard NC, between Asheville and Highlands, NC. It is an easy one day trip from Charlotte, Greenville, or Raleigh, and a great weekend getaway from Atlanta. Regardless of where you are coming from, Transylvania County has lots to offer those looking for a mountain river adventure. When planning your next vacation to the mountains of North Carolina, join us for an exciting canoeing and kayaking river trips adventure. For a quick weekend getaway, or just something fun to do outdoors, pack a picnic lunch, bring your fishing rod and gather your friends and family. « less
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Bryson City Bicycles (Bryson City)
Ranked #30 of 170 Outdoor Activities in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Gear rentals; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: Bryson City Bicycles offers year-round mountain bike rentals. Ride the world famous Tsali single-track trails, or take a... more » Owner description: Bryson City Bicycles offers year-round mountain bike rentals. Ride the world famous Tsali single-track trails, or take a family-friendly pedal in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Rentals come with a helmet and car rack to transport your bike to the trailhead of your choice. Kids bikes are also available. Stop in and we'll help you find a trail that fits your riding style. « less
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