Top 10 NC High Country Winter Outdoor Activities (Family Friendly)

Top 10 NC High Country Winter Outdoor Activities (Family Friendly)

Don’t ski or snowboard? Feeling trapped inside during the winter?  Have no fear, the NC High Country is here!  Here is our Top 10 winter outdoor activities that do not require you to ski/snowboard:


  • Snowtube at Hawksnest Snow Tubing Park
    Hawksnest is the largest snowtubing park in the southeast with 30 tubing lanes… and the park even has converyors to get you and your tube back to the top of the mountain! CLICK HERE to BOOK


  • Ice Skate Under the Stars at Appalachian Ski Mountain
    In between spins, sit by the rink-side bonfire and enjoy the night sky with a cup of hot chocolate! CLICK HERE for DETAILS


  • Play Checkers at the 1883 Mast General Store
    Located in historic and picturesque Valle Crucis, the store still offers a cup of coffee for a nickel.  Enjoy your coffee by the large pot-bellied stove over a game of checkers before shopping for old-timey goods and clothing to keep you warm. CLICK HERE


  • Walk the Mile-High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain
    Weather permitting, the swinging bridge is the perfect spot to take in the endless winter vistas and capture the snow capped mountains.  Afterwards, head down to the animal habitats and see how otter, bear and eagles stay busy during the winter months!  CLICK HERE


  • Snowshoe (or Hike) the Hiking Trails
    Rent some snowshoes and visit one of the many snowshoe trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway or on the Emerald Outback on Beech Mountain.  Call the High Country Host for trail and rental information at 828-264-1299
    If there isn’t enough snow for snowshoeing, a winter hike is in order!  Winter hiking offers crystal clear views, less people on the trails and peace and quiet. View our top 5 winter hikes HERE.


  • Take Children to the Free Sledding Hill at Beech Mountain
    Enjoy the maintained (complete with snow-blowing) sledding hill at Beech Mountain.  Adults can enjoy the squeals and enjoyment from the sidelines with a cup of hot coffee or cocoa from one of the nearby cafes.  You can purchase a sled across the road at Fred’s General Merchantile. For sledding hill information, call: 800-468-5506


  • Visit Linville Caverns
    Linville Caverns are the only show caverns in North Carolina and have a constant year-round temperature of 52 degrees. See the winter hibernation of grand-daddy long-legs, underground trout and unique limestone formations. Open weekends in the winter.  CLICK HERE for DETAILS


  • Rent a Cabin with an Outdoor Hot Tub
    There are plenty of cabins to rent in the High Country with amazing Blue Ridge Mountain views, wood-burning fireplaces, outdoor hot tubs and board games for family time! There is nothing better than a warm soak while breathing in the crisp mountain air.  View High Country cabin rentals HERE


  • Visit an Alpaca Farm
    Meet llamas, alpaca, donkeys, goats and more on this picturesque farm during a 60-minute farm tour at Apple Hill Farm.  CLICK HERE


  • Learn to Ski or Snowboard
    Is the only thing holding you back from hitting the slopes your lack of skill?  Take a lesson at Southeast America’s oldest and best-know ski and snowboarding school: French-Swiss Ski College!
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