North Carolina mountain vacations will connect you to your sense of fun and relaxation. You can get out and enjoy the views after your trek to the top of a mountain, or you can stay in while enjoying the view from your cozy mountain hideaway. North Carolina mountain vacations offer the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and natural escape.
Discover natural relaxation on a North Carolina mountain vacation
Of all the hikes in North Carolina, the Appalachian Trail is the most iconic. You can choose a section of the trail to explore for an afternoon or for a few days to get a taste of the trail. Local shuttle services can pick you up when you're finished and bring you back to town for an easy ride home.
Along the way, stop in Hot Springs, a small rustic town along the Appalachian Trail known for its natural hot mineral waters. Enjoy a break from hiking at the Hot Springs Resort and Spa, where you can soak up the scenery while you soak in a private outdoor tub filled with healing mineral water.
If you prefer hiking that includes wine, take a tour of the East Coast's most elevated wineries on the Boone Area Wine Trail. You can start off in Boone, and make sure to stop at Grandfather Vineyard and Winery. You can sample their seven wines while you take in the spectacular vineyard views from their porch below the tall peaks of Grandfather Mountain.
When you visit the scenic Tuckaseigee River that flows through western North Carolina, make sure to stop at Scotts Creek in Dillsboro for native trout fishing. All along the river are stone structures built by Native Americans for fishing. You can find your own secret fishing hole and spend a day relaxing by the river.