Many of us have wonderful childhood memories of visiting Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley. This mountaintop amusement park was wildly popular in in the 70s and 80s. It opened in 1961 and closed in 2002, followed by a series of owners that have opened parts of the park for short times. We got a behind-the-scenes look in 2017, so take a peek inside the extra ghostly abandoned park with the photo tour below.
Stay at the Farm! Quaint and cozy cottages overlook a small family farm tucked away in a quiet sanctuary in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Experience the serenity of the farm on your private patio, while relaxing in the outdoor cedar soaking tub. $150/night, $960/week, hot tub, gas logs, private patio, WiFi, satellite TV, A/C, washer/dryer, stocked kitchen and outdoor grill, complimentary local products, farm tour and the opportunity to hang out with the farm animals.
A must-stop for art lovers is the Penland School of Crafts, a nationally-renowned center for craft education tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina (6 miles from Spruce Pine). Penland offers one, two, and eight-week workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking, textiles and wood.
Two truly unique, hand-crafted, secluded cabins with individual private hot tubs, mountain laurel hand railings, hardwood flooring and awesome stone wood-burning fireplaces. 2 cabins, $150-$180/night with NO cleaning fee, satellite TV, DVD player, A/C, fully-equipped kitchen, gas grill, fire pit, pavilions, easy motorcycle access.
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: While the orchard cannot offer live music performances, they have added an extra day in July to enjoy the views, the spacious General Store, and cultural exhibits. They are also the only orchard in the area that offers fresh from the tree heirloom apples in late July!The Orchard at Altapass is a great stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 328.
COVID UPDATE: Country store, gift shop, and Grazing Deer Cafe are open (take-out only for cafe). The Dining Room is open only for lunch and dinner only and you must make a reservation for the restaurant to allow for socially distant seating. Reservations fill up a week in advance, so plan ahead and call 828-235-8228 to reserve a dining time.
These cabins look rustic from the outside, clad with antique reclaimed lumber, but they have plenty of modern amenities, comfort and charm on the inside. You& 39;ll love the attention to craftsmanship and details inside and out. 2 cabins & 3 cottages, $195-$560, sleeps 4-8, porches, TV, DVD player, WiFi, some have wood-burning fireplaces and Jacuzzi tub, one is pet friendly.
Top 40 Coolest Mountain Small TownsExplore our favorite cool small towns in the NC mountains near Asheville, each with its own personality, local shops and restaurants, friendly residents and relaxed atmosphere.Hunt WaterfallsWelcome to the Land of the Waterfalls! There are so many waterfalls in nearby state and federal parks (with no admission fee) to discover.
Thinking of moving to Asheville, NC? Often dubbed the & 34;Paris of the South& 34; and the & 34;Land of the Sky,& 34; Asheville is a unique mountain city offering a lifestyle that draws you in from the very first visit. Asheville’s vibrant downtown offers restaurants that rival the best of much larger cities, along with an incredible art scene and music scene.
2020 EVENT IS CANCELED (Originally August 7-8)August 6-7, 2021The Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair transforms the streets around Burnsville’s town square into a wonderland for craft and art lovers, with 200 juried crafters displaying nearly every kind of handmade craft imaginable. Burnsville is located 35 miles northeast of Asheville and is near Mt.
One of our favorite paved bike greenways in the Asheville area is Point Lookout Trail, a 3.6-mile trail through Pisgah National Forest and barricaded to motorized vehicles at both ends. It was formerly part of Old US Highway 70, winding through the woods with serene views of the mountains, the railroad and forest.
Mountain Farm Museum & Oconaluftee Visitor CenterLocated at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee, see historic farm buildings in an open-air museum and get plenty of great information from rangers.Mingus Mill & Smokemont ChurchSee two historic structures within a few miles of each other in the Great Smoky Mountains, both located near the North Carolina entrance on Newfound Gap Road / US 441 near Cherokee.
March 2020: The Orange Peel is hosting a Quarantine Concert Series streaming live performances from a variety of musicians, nightly at 7 PM. Go to their website for the full line-up schedule. Click here for the live streaming link on Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club is a downtown Asheville live music club (101 Biltmore Avenue) that features state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment rarely found in a club of its size.
Looking for a great winter hike? Bundle up and head to the Appalachian Trail at Roan Mountain, located near Bakersville. It is frequently blanketed by snow and rime ice in the winter. From the NC Highway 261 entrance to Roan Mountain Recreation Area (Pisgah National Forest) at Carver& 39;s Gap on the North Carolina / Tennessee state line, it& 39;s a fairly easy climb (300 foot elevation gain) to Round Bald (5,807 ft) for great panoramic views - a 1.
May 21, 2020: Currently CLOSED. See more Pisgah Forest updates.Roan Mountain is famous for its spectacular natural gardens of Catawba rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiense). The peak bloom time for the sea of purple-magenta is usually mid June, plus or minus a week depending on weather. The area is located on the North Carolina / Tennessee state line - the Pisgah National Forest in NC and Cherokee National Forest in TN.
Waterfalls Top 60Of hundreds of waterfalls near Asheville, we picked the most spectacular falls that are easy to find. Some can be enjoyed with a short walk or even roadside. Others require a scenic hike. See full descriptions for each, with plenty of photos! Also see Waterfall Drives & Maps.Best 75 Mountain HikesThere are thousands of miles of hiking trails near Asheville, many of which are in pristine national forests or parks.
Campground for Dogs: 4 Paws Kingdom Campground near Rutherfordton is the first and only dog-dedicated campground (campers & RVs), with a fenced-in swimming pond, off-leash play areas, agility park, doggie bathhouse and more. If you don& 39;t have an RV or camper, rent one or a cabin. It& 39;s like summer camp for dogs!
The twists and turns of the mountain roads around Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina make for some fun motorcycle drives and rides.Blue Ridge ParkwayBreathtaking views. Plenty of easy curves. No stoplights, no billboards and no commercial vehicles. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best motorcycle drives in America.
Come for a private weekend of health and quiet enjoyment. $165/night, $945/week, equipped kitchenette, linens, DVD, surround sound, AC, outdoor grill, WiFi, pet-friendly.Great hikes and organic farms nearby. 15 minutes from Downtown Asheville.
November 30-December 23, 2019A local& 39;s favorite drive-through Christmas light show takes over a popular county park at Lake Julian in south Asheville (near Biltmore Park). Their annual Festival of Lights includes 50 animated and stationary light displays.Walk-Through November 30 & December 1, 5-8:30 PM: The season always kicks off with the “walk through nights” - the only time you can stroll through.
Rainbow Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfall settings in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. This 150-ft. tall waterfall is impressive, especially after rainy weather that swells the Horsepasture River. The best feature of Rainbow Falls is the ability for visitors to experience the falls from the front, bottom, side and top!