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5 Reasons to Hike in Winter

Hiking in the North Carolina High Country is a popular activity that the area is known for.  The trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Grandfather Mountain State Park International Biosphere, and other spectacular North Carolina State Parks can provide

New Hiking Trails Open in High Country

Two new hiking trails have been created and are now open to the public.  The trails are located in the Pisgah Game Lands and are the first trails to create access to two mountain peaks in the region.  The trails

Blue Ridge Parkway Open Despite Government Shutdown

The Blue Ridge Parkway will remain open for driving, hiking and nature exploration despite the government shutdown.  However, the facilities including welcome centers, bathrooms, museums and other education centers along the parkway will be closed.  To make your drive most

Top Hiking Trails

The high country is home to some of the most majestic views in the country. This is a list of the top hiking trails located in western North Carolina. There are beautiful waterfalls, gorges, and panoramic views along these trails.

Grandfather Mountain State Park Activities June 2013

Grandfather Mountain State Park is the newest North Carolina State park.  Created in 2008, the state park service acquired the 2,456 acres along the crest of Grandfather Mountain, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Linville.  The park offers 13

Flat Rock Trail

If you’re looking for a trail in the High Country area requiring only a moderate effort but offering a reward of a top-notch view, the Flat Rock Trail is for you.  A fairly easy slightly uphill walk of less than

Crabtree Falls

A scenic hour-and-20-minute drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway from the Boone/Blowing Rock area will provide High Country visitors with a scenic hike to Crabtree Falls.  The journey south to the 340-mile mark provides several bonuses as the rider crosses

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