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Experience a Terrific Mountain Vacation in North Carolina

A trip to North Carolina is the perfect way to unwind. The state's Blue Ridge, Smoky Mountains, and Appalachian trails are famous among hikers. It's also where amazing jazz artists such as Nina Simone, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk were born. See the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, the largest mansion in the US. Its unique French-chateau architecture, winery, and gardens attract travelers from all over the world.

Mountain Vacations in North Carolina: Top Accommodations

House Maggie Valley
Aug 10 - Aug 17
-56%
$259
$114 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Nice Vacation Home in Maggie Valley with Wood-Burning Fireplace + Mountain View

4.5
Excellent (31 ratings)
Maggie Valley, Ivy Hill, North Carolina
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House Beech Mountain
Jun 23 - Jun 30
-84%
$792
$124 per night
House ∙ 13 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Beech Mountain with Wood-Burning Fireplace + Mountain View

4.5
Excellent (22 ratings)
Beech Mountain, Watauga County, North Carolina
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House Beech Mountain
Sep 14 - Sep 21
-73%
$821
$221 per night
House ∙ 9 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in Beech Mountain with Patio & Grill

5.0
Outstanding (24 ratings)
Beech Mountain, Watauga County, North Carolina
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The Best Mountain Vacation Destinations in North Carolina

The Best Mountain Vacation Destinations in North Carolina

Mountains and museums are some of the things to look forward to on North Carolina mountain vacations. Get adventurous and discover its lakes, beaches, and cities.

  • 1. Black Mountain

    Located in Buncombe County, this town is home to picturesque Lake Tomahawk Park. Stroll along its lakeside trail, fish off the pier, swim in the pool, or play a match of tennis. Hikers will love the long and steep Greybeard Trail, where they'll be treated to fantastic views during fall.

  • 2. Banner Elk

    Visit North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains to explore this town between Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain Resort. Consider heading to Grandfather Mountain for a picnic before stopping at the Banner House Museum to see tools, clothes, and furniture dating back the 1860s.

  • 3. Pisgah National Forest

    For hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and fishing, visit Pisgah National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains. Enjoy scenic views as you mountain bike on the Black Mountain Loop and Sycamore Cove Trail, or go fishing on the Davidson River, Bent Creek, and Mills River.

  • 4. Asheville Ghost Walking Tour and Mystery Museum

    At this museum in the mountains, guides share frightening and thrilling tales about Asheville's history. The museum also houses a fascinating collection of artifacts.

  • 5. Hendersonville

    Located in the south of Asheville, this city is home to more than 25 restaurants and 100 stores. Outside its downtown, you’ll see the beautiful angel statue Thomas Wolfe mentioned in his first novel, Look Homeward, Angel. While here, don’t forget to check out the Mineral & Lapidary Museum’s displays of fossils, crystals, rocks, and meteorites.

Best Places to Stay for Mountain Vacations in North Carolina

House Beech Mountain
Jun 23 - Jun 30
-76%
$437
$104 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Beech Mountain with Patio + Tree-Lined View

4.1
Very good (12 ratings)
Beech Mountain, Watauga County, North Carolina
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House Beech Mountain
Jun 17 - Jun 24
-18%
$287
$235 per night
House ∙ 9 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Beech Mountain with Grill & Patio + Range View

5.0
Outstanding (24 ratings)
Beech Mountain, Watauga County, North Carolina
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Cabin Beech Mountain
Aug 17 - Aug 24
-38%
$177
$109 per night
Cabin ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cabin in Beech Mountain with Wood-Burning Fireplace + Mountain Views

4.8
Outstanding (26 ratings)
Beech Mountain, Watauga County, North Carolina
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What to Do During Your Mountain Vacation in North Carolina

What to Do During Your Mountain Vacation in North Carolina

North Carolina's mountains offer visitors a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities. Kayak, discover cities, hike, or bike throughout the state.

  • 1. Kayaking and canoeing

    Consider paddling along the French Broad River with your family (or a group of five) to take in the beautiful scenery. An experienced guide provides unique tales and facts about the region as you glide along.

  • 2. Take yoga classes

    Head to Park Asheville for a 75-minute yoga class to refresh your brain and rejuvenate your soul. Bring your own yoga mat or borrow one here – they're available on a first-come basis.

  • 3. Explore Bryson City

    Bryson City's compactness makes it easy to tour during your mountain vacation in North Carolina. Bryson City's Island Park is also located at the mouth of Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Deep Creek, and you can fish and paddle in the nearby Tuckasegee River.

  • 4. Fish in Lake Susan

    Go trout fishing in this lake in Montreat, hike along the trail, and just take in the fresh air.

  • 5. Visit Outer Banks

    Check out these islands between the Atlantic Ocean and the mainland. Surf at the open sea beaches or relax at the state parks. Divers will love exploring the area's shipwrecks.

Recommended Accommodations for Mountain Vacations in North Carolina

House Beech Mountain
Jun 23 - Jun 30
-52%
$281
$135 per night
House ∙ 13 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Beech Mountain with Free Parking + Neighborhood View

4.5
Excellent (22 ratings)
Beech Mountain, Watauga County, North Carolina
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Cabin Beech Mountain
Aug 17 - Aug 24
-34%
$158
$104 per night
Cabin ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Nice Cabin in Beech Mountain with Grill

4.9
Outstanding (42 ratings)
Beech Mountain, Watauga County, North Carolina
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Cabin Mars Hill
Jul 6 - Jul 13
$208 per night
Cabin ∙ 8 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cabin in Mars Hill with Outdoor Pool + Mountain Views

4.5
Excellent (8 ratings)
Mars Hill, Beech Glenn, North Carolina
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What to Pack for Your Mountain Vacation in North Carolina

What to Pack for Your Mountain Vacation in North Carolina

If you're preparing for a mountain vacation in North Carolina, add these items to your packing list. Pack according to your plans.

  • 1. Money or credit cards

    When on a mountain vacation in North Carolina, it's a good idea to bring cash and a credit card, as places tend to vary in what form of payment they prefer.

  • 2. Binoculars

    Make the most of your vacation by packing a pair of binoculars – they'll especially come in handy to watch birds at Bryson City Island Park.

  • 3. Electronic gadgets

    Remember to bring portable chargers or adapters, earphones, and your iPod. A camera is a must, as is a laptop if you're blogging about your vacation.

  • 4. Appropriate clothes

    Bring enough light and warm clothes to get you through your vacation. If you're planning on getting active, bring comfortable work-out clothes.

  • 5. Driver’s license

    Among your travel documents, make sure you pack your international driving license for self-driven excursions.

Top Offers for Mountain Vacations in North Carolina

Cabin Mars Hill
Jun 13 - Jun 20
-32%
$242
$165 per night
Cabin ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cabin in Mars Hill with Pool, Grill & Patio

4.8
Outstanding (29 ratings)
Mars Hill, Beech Glenn, North Carolina
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House Beech Mountain
Sep 7 - Sep 14
-41%
$196
$116 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Beech Mountain with Outdoor Pool + Mountain Views

4.8
Outstanding (40 ratings)
Beech Mountain, Watauga County, North Carolina
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Cabin Maggie Valley
Jul 21 - Jul 28
-20%
$250
$200 per night
Cabin ∙ 10 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Cabin in Maggie Valley with Patio, Grill & Yard

4.9
Outstanding (112 ratings)
Maggie Valley, Ivy Hill, North Carolina
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Information about North Carolina Mountain Vacations

📏 Average home size 211 m²
🥳 Busiest month January
🛏️ Popular home types Condo and House rental
🌡️ Hottest months July and June
❄️ Coldest months February and January
🌧️ Rainiest months July and January

Frequently Asked Questions

North Carolina Mountain Vacations: What is the nightly price for a stay?

The average price for a vacation home in North Carolina is usually around $280 and $469 per night.

North Carolina Mountain Vacations: can I find a vacation home suitable for a large group?

in North Carolina, large groups should consider House rental since they fit 9 people.

North Carolina Mountain Vacations: what types of vacation homes are available in North Carolina?

Sure, there are 8,034 Condos and 34,123 House rentals available in North Carolina.

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