Winter Sports

Elk Knob State Park

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Elk Knob State Park

Elk Knob State Park is located in the Meat Camp area of Watauga County.  Elk Knob, at 5520 feet, is an amphibolite mountain with grass-covered grounds beneath a hardwood canopy.  There are amazing panoramic views at the top of the 1.9 mile summit trail.

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Mars Hill

A Town Born From Education

Before 1856, when no more than 10 families lived on what was then known as Pleasant Hill, education was important to the parents who founded an academy to educate their children.

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Winter Skiing

Do you enjoy skiing or snowboarding? Or are you looking to learn for the first time? If so, then Western North Carolina is a great destination for you this winter. Home to six ski mountains, Western North Carolina has many opportunities for the snow seeking adventurer.

Listed below are the ski mountains of Western North Carolina and their contact information. Happy Skiing from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area!

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Winter Skiing

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a quintessential mountain village with beautiful churches, a downtown with great shops and restaurants, and a quaint Main Street. Varied accommodations, restaurants, galleries and shopping round out its appeal.  But its history reaches back to the days before immigrant settlement.

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Pisgah National Forest

The half-million+ acres of Pisgah National Forest drape like a cloak around the Asheville, North Carolina area and provide easy access to some of the most dramatic scenery and outstanding recreational opportunities in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Pisgah National Forest is named after Mt. Pisgah, a 5,000 foot high peak located at Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 407, near the Cold Mountain of book and movie fame. Pisgah National Forest became the first National Forest in the eastern United States in 1916.

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