Western North Carolina Mountain Activities

FAMILY MOUNTAIN ACTIVITES AND INFORMATION GUIDE

Family Fun for All Ages

The Western North Carolina Mountains are brimming with activities. Mother Nature has provided the backdrop for unlimited outdoor education. If you want to build strong family bonds, join in the adventures below. While some activities are aimed strictly to the youth, there are also those for the young at heart. Plan special family outings….put the kids in camp and the two of you explore while the children learn… The Mountain itself is the best education that you can share with your family.  Explore it! Enjoy it!
Download a free map here - A must for the driver and the navigator.  Also great hikes to various waterfalls for those favorite snap shots.
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ANTIQUING

Whistle Stop Antique Mall: The largest and oldest mall in the area. 60,000 square feet of space. From good collectibles to fine quality furnishings.
1281 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734-9275
828-349-1600
Brevard Antique Mall
Main Street
Brevard, NC 28712
ATV RIDES
866-ATV-TOGO
Enter this wonderful colorful and picturesque ride off Hwy 64 and Hwy 215 just south of Rosman, NC
CANOE/KAYAK
Adventure Depot
Rentals: Canoes, Kayaks, and Mountain Bikes
2091 Yellow Mtn. Rd.
Cashiers NC 28717
828-743.2052
Rentals available or if you are a member of FFSV you can store your boat for $20/year.
828.743.7663
Canoe, kayak, fly fishing, guides or unguided tours, gift shop-extensive fly fishing gear.
Hwy 64 & Hwy 215
Rosman, NC
828.884.3357
10223 Hwy 107 Tuckaseegee, NC
828.293.5110

DAY CAMPS
Camp centered around horses for those that love horses and for those that need the love of horses.
544 Western Rhodes Dr.
Highlands, NC
828-526-4752
Learn about the Cherokee and the pioneers by reenactment of the 1840’s way of life. Learn nature skills, zipline, high ropes, hiking, fishing and much more.
1600 Golden Road
Lake Toxaway, NC 28747
828-862-4207
Study Nature the fun way...hands on. Camps based on sound ecological practices for all age groups.
888 Horse Cove Road
Highlands, NC 28741-8470
828-526-2623
Highlands Recreation Park & Civic Center
Day Camps for summer activities including swimming, tennis, basketball, softball. Call for times and various age groups
Hwy 64 and Laurel Street.
Highlands, NC 28741
828-526.3556
Interested in Drama -  Special youth classes
310 Main Street Highlands, NC 28741
828-526-1687
Ages 5-12. Half, Full day, and weekly sessions. June thru August. Monday thru Friday 8-5. Swimming, fields trips, tennis, kids games, slip & slide on the slope, and lots more.
Fairfield Sapphire Valley Resort
828-743-1169
Classes year round for all ages
Download a yearly program here
323 Franklin Road (Hwy 64 W.)
Highlands, NC
828-526.4949
CHILDREN'S CAMPS

Boys, Girls, or Coed Camps.  Bring your children to the camp and enjoy your time checking out the mountain while they attend camp. Time varies from several days to weeks.
FLY FISHING

Buy a fishing license on line.   Check for agents in Jackson, Macon, or Transylvania if wanting to know where to buy on the mtn.
Website for all questions on NC hunting, fishing, and trapping.
Brookings Orvis
Hiking and fishing gear. Guided tours, Fishing Licenses  
3 Chestnut Square Hwy 107 S
Cashiers, NC 28717
828.743.3768
Canoe, kayak, fly fishing, guides or unguided tours, gift shop
Hwy 215 & Hwy 64
Rosman, NC 28772
828-877-3106
Hiking gear and then some… guide books, free information. 2 locations
601 East Main Street Highlands, NC   828.526.5298
Crossroads of Hwy 64 and Hwy 107 Cashiers, NC 28717  828-743-1668
GEM MINING

Gem Mining at the Log Cabin
142 Whitewater Rd.
Sapphire, NC  (Corner of Hwy 281S and Hwy 64)
828.966.4273
9770 Highlands Rd.
Highlands, NC Hwy 64W 8 miles west of Highlands
828.524.5850
(open year round) guided horse rides and inside gem mining
6420 WhiteWater Rd. Sapphire, NC 28774  Hwy 281 S
828.966.9646
GOLF
Golf and tennis available for hotel guests
1525 Highway 107 South Cashiers, NC 28774
828.526.4185
67 Cherokee Trail Sapphire, NC 28774
9 whole executive course. Open to the public
Fairfield Sapphire Valley Resort
828.743.1991
Open to the Public. Hwy 64 & Trays Island Rd.
50 Slicers Ave.
Sapphire, NC 285774
828.743.1174
HIKING

Enjoy our many mtn. trails.  Take a map, stay on the trail, take water, and treat Mother Nature with care.
Appalachian Trail
From Main to Georgia.  For information from a local source that has hiked almost the entire trail, please email us at ask@ncmountainlife.com and we will put you in direct contact for first hand infromation.
Great hikes from Cashiers, Sapphire, or Lake Toxaway.  This group does a spring hike off of Whitewater Falls studying the various spring wild flowers.  What a treat to see Mother Nature produce so many beautiful species.
A group group of hikers that meet in Cashiers, Highlands, or Franklin to hike the various trails.  All levels, all ages. Even a singles group.  Come join the fun.
Lake Toxaway Hiking Club
Departs every Friday morning for a 3-4 hour hike during the summer.
Whiteside Mountain
Access off Hwy 64 approximately 5 miles on Hwy 64 E from Highlands, NC.  Easy and hard trails. Great parking area.  Turn in off Hwy 64 as if you were going to the north end of Wildcat Country Club. between Highlands and Cashiers.
Check out various websites for local hiking.
HORSEBACK RIDING
276 Arrowmont Trail
Cullowhee, NC 28723
828-743-2762
Open year round.
6420 WhiteWater Rd. (Hwy 281 South)
Sapphire, NC s8774
828.966.9646
MOUNTAIN BIKING

Check out Brevard, Asheville, and Mills River for easy driving to specific bike trails from our area.
Check out Brevard 9 trails, Asheville 3, Asheville 1, Black Mtn. 1 Cedar Mountain 1, Franklin 1, Mills River 1,  and Pisgah Forest 1
Website for Clemson, SC hikes.
PICNICS

Cliffside Lake 4 miles west of Highlands on Hwy 64. Turn right at the Van Hook Park.
Download a map with camping and fishing information here   .   For those that want family fun there are hiking trails, picnic shelters, and grills available. Take a long your fishing pole and swim suit.
Fairfield Lake …to be enjoyed by those who have homes or renting in the Fairfield Sapphire Valley Home Owners Association
70 Sapphire Valley Rd.
Sapphire, NC 28774
828-743-7663
Great day camps. Bring along a picnic and learn some of their fun details while having your picnic lunch among the garden.
888 Horse Cove Rd. Highlands, NC 28741
828-526-2623
Highlands Recreation Park:   The always popular place to enjoy a picnic. Don't forget to allow some time to enjoy the playground equipment and take a dip in the pool.
600 North 4th
St. Highlands, NC 28741
828-526.3556
SUNSET ROCK

Main Street East out of Highlands. Across from the Highlands Biological Station. 888 Horse Cove Rd. Highlands, NC 28741
Grab a bottle of wine, bread and cheese. Kick off your shoes and enjoy a beautiful view and sunset.
A local favorite!
SKATE BOARDING
920 Old Hendersonville Hwy
Brevard, NC 28712
828.862.6700
SKIING

207 Sapphire Valley Rd. Cashiers, NC
828.743.7663
Maggie Valley North West of Highlands about an hour
SUMMER TUBBY
207 Sapphire Valley Rd.
Cashiers, NC 28717
828.743.7663
TENNIS
1525 Highway 107 S
Cashiers, NC 28717
828.526.4185
Fabulous hotel and 5 star spa. Shopping arcade, Madison’s Restaurant.
445 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
828.526-8008
107 Sapphire Valley Rd.
Cashiers, NC 28717
828.743.1174
TRAIN TRIP

SUNSET ROCK

Kick off your shoes and enjoy a beautiful view and sunset.  Grab a bottle of wine, bread and cheese.
Main Street East out of Highlands. Across from the Highlands Biological Station.
888 Horse Cove Rd.
Highlands, NC 28741 
A local favorite!
WATERFALLS

Download a free waterfall map. A must for the navigator for easy mountain driving.
Whitewater Falls
Highest waterfall east of the Rockies dropping 411 feet. Don’t miss it! Also leads to the Foothills Trail.

WHITEWATER RAFTING

Dillsboro River Co.
18 Macktown Road
Sylva, NC 28725
866.586.3797
Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Highway 19W
Bryson City, NC 28713
888.590.9266
Wildwater Rafting
Fabulous rafting on the Chattooga River
Long Creek, SC 29658
800.451.9972
ACTIVITIES OFF THE MOUNTAIN

ASHEVILLE - BREVARD AREA
Get on your hiking shoes...2155 miles of trails to cover from Maine to Georgia.
304.535.6331
250 rooms - America's largest private home on 8000 acres
Asheville, NC
Click Here to get your children's booklet on the Biltmore. Makes it interesting for younger children. 800.624.1575
Classes for all ages.
Pisgah Forest
100 South Broad Street
Brevard, NC 28712
828.877.3130
828-884-3443
Hands on...11 galleries, 12,000 ft. of all hands on activities for all ages. Mr. Bones, Science Space, Nutri Space, Tam
January 29th – May 5th 2010 Learn about our puzzling world. Stretch the brain.
Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog March 1 – May 16th, 2010  Learn life lessons to help young children navigate their worlds. Be Responsible, Truthful, Have Respect, Play Fair, Work Together, Be a Friend.
Check out the latest schedule Classes fill up fast.
828.257.4500

Mount Mitchell State Park
At 6684 feet, Mt. Mitchell is the highest point East of the Mississippi. Horse & hiking trails, a museum, restaurant, and observation tower all help you enjoy your view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Bring your tent if you wish to camp.
NE of Asheville
828.675.4611
NC Arboretum
acres surrounded by Pisgah Forest. What a way to study NC plant life. See the rare and not so rare plants that only are found in North Carolina
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806-9315
828.665.2492 Ext.426
Car shows, NC Mountain State Fair, garden shows, tractor shows, dog shows, horse shows....Not 2 weeks go by without some type of horse event...If this is your interest, get a calendar of events. Diagonally located across from the Asheville Airport Hwy 26 and Hwy 280.
1301 Fanning Bridge Road
Fletcher, NC 28732
828.687.0401
PARK PLACE
Don’t Miss These  Park and walk to several.
Asheville Art Museum
2 South Park Square
Asheville, NC 28801-3521
828.253.3227
2 South Pack Square
Asheville, NC
828.257.4500
Astronomy---Gemology---Geology---Meteorology---Oceanography---Paleontology. "Found a rock...and don't know what it is.... free id...with museum ticket call for times
Don't miss this for getting your children young and old excited about science
2 South Park Square
Asheville, NC 28801
828-254-7162
Diana Wortham Theater
See what is happening Asheville's theater schedule. Plays, guest musicians, always a full calendar
2 South Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801
828.257.4530
Asheville Hot Air Balloons
P O Box 2319
The Grove Park Arcade
One Page Ave
Asheville
828-242-5275
151 W. Weaver Boulevard
Asheville, NC 28804
828.252.5190
Blue Ridge Parkway ....known as one of the prettiest drives there is to make in the fall, you can drive for 469 miles before getting off. It goes through NC and TN. One entrance is very close to the entrance of the Biltmore…just on up the road a ¼ mile.
Grandfather Mountain
Grab your picnic basket and head for the Mile High Swinging Bridge
800.468.7321
Asheville, NC 28806
828.337.0645

Linville Caverns
Come visit the fascinating NC Caves.
19929 US 221
North Marion, NC 28752
828.756.4171

The Health Adventure
Hands on. 11 galleries, 12,000 ft. of all hands on activities for all ages.
Mr. Bones, Science Space, Nutri Space, Tam...just to name a few
Kids of all Ages Love it. Regular & Special Traveling Exhibits...
2 South Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801
828-254-6373 Use ext.329 for Birthday Parties
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
If you are a fan of novelist Thomas Wolfe, check out his boyhood home. In case you can't remember, he wrote "Look Homeward, Angel". A replica of his NY apartment is here as well.
25 North Market St.
Asheville, NC
828.253.8304
100,000 visitors yearly
A terrrrrific place to learn about nature. Hands on...Attend the Wild Weeks Summer Day camps every summer starting in June to August. Don't miss it. The Nature Center is part of the national program bringing the red fox back to its natural habitat...NC.
75 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28805
828-298-5600
YMI Cultural Center
828.252.4614 Learn the history of Western North Carolina multi-cultures. Attend the yearly events held in downtown Asheville...Kwanzaa Party, Goombay Festival, and the Martin Luther King Birthday celebration.
Corner of Eagle and Market Streets
Asheville, NC 28801
Email:  ymicc1@aol.com
828.252.4614
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CHEROKEE AREA

Harrah's Casino Gambling
777 Casino Dr.
Cherokee, NC 28719
828.497.8792  &  877.778.8138
Native American Museum
Crafts, Events, Pow-Wows, Outdoor Play "Unto These Hills"
B1A Highway 441
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-3481
Santa's Land Theme Park
571 Wolfetown Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-9191 / 828-497-9188

FRANKLIN - DILLSBORO - BRYSON CITY AREA

Fun Factory in the Smokies
56,000 square feet of fun! Go-carts, Laser Tag, Miniature Golf, Ferris, Wheel, Arcade Games, Bowling Alley, The fun does not stop there. Also group tours for educational purposes. Restaurants.
Franklin, NC
Coordinates: 35°9'37"N 83°23'24"W
828-349.8888
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Take a fun trip on a railroad from Dillsboro to Bryson City. Short and a longer dinner ride. Special rides offered at different time of the year on.... The Little Engine That Could, Thomas the Tank Engine, and The Polar Express
226 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
800-872.4681
HENDERSONVILLE - FLAT ROCK AREA

Chimney Rock Park
Have you seen the film, "The Last of the Mohicans?" It was filmed in the park. The mountain contains a 26 story elevator...you can check out 75 miles away, there are nature trails to a 404 foot waterfalls...
18 miles NE of Hendersonville.
I 26 Exit 49 A Bat Cave Exit. Stay on Hwy 64E for 15 miles.
800.277.9611
Lake Lure
What every your taste in water rides you may have, you will find it here from cruises, canoes, pontoon, paddleboats, and charters. (East of Hendersonville on I 26.
877-FUN-4ALL
MAGGIE VALLEY AREA
Fun times...May-November
890 Soco Road
Maggie Valley 28751
828.926.1140
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SOUTH CAROLINA
Produces 150.000/year for the mtn. streams  free
198 Fish Hatchery Rd.
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
828-638-2866

GREENVILLE, SC  29601

Greenville Zoo www.greenvillezoo.com
Fun for smaller children with the petting zoo
150 Cleveland Park Dr.
Greenville, NC 2960
864-467-4300
SENECA, SC

Dukes World of Energy Museum
7812 Rochester Hwy,
Seneca, SC 29672
800-777-1004
An interactive and Fun for school age kids as they learn how electricity is produced from uranium, water, and coal.

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