Rock Climbing

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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Linn CoveViaduct

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Brevard

The historic small town of Brevard is the county seat of Transylvania County, also known as "the land of the waterfalls." The community is surrounded by nature and the Pisgah National Forest.

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Highlands

The town of Highlands was supposed to become a hub of commerce in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, had its founders had their way.  In 1875, two developers in Kansas drew two lines--one between New York and New Orleans, the other from Chicago to Savannah.  Where the lines crossed, they believed would become a crossroads of trade. 

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Hot Springs

People have been visiting Hot Springs, a tiny village in the Blue Ridge Mountains, as a spa destination for more than 200 years. The Native Americans were the first to discover and use the warm mineral waters, followed by early traders and settlers in the latter years of the 18th century.

The Buncombe Turnpike brought more people through what was then known as Warm Springs, drovers herding thousands of cattle, hogs, horses, even turkeys, to Southern markets.  What a treat it must have been to stop in Hot Springs to "take the waters" on that long, dusty hike.

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Fall Foliage in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains

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Linville Gorge

Linville Gorge

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Linn Cove Viaduct

Construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935, but the 469-mile scenic drive was not completed until 1982, with the installation of the 7.7 miles stretch, known as "missing link,"-the Linn Cove Viaduct.

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Chimney Rock State Park - view of Hickory Nut Gorge.

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Chimney Rock State Park - overlook

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