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Bumcombe County

There are 37 National Heritage Areas in the United States. Each one is unique, and the experiences they offer are very diverse. The 25-county region of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area includes the Qualla Boundary and the following counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey.

A land of mountain wilderness, waterfalls, Cherokee tradition, string bands, and craft studios, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is truly a region with a personality like no other.

(828) 298-5330
Buncombe County
Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 250,000-acre greenway extending from Maine to Georgia. The Appalachian Trail offers opportunities to explore, experience and connect with nature. From the Highlands of Roan in Tennessee to the strenuous trek up Katahdin in Maine, there’s a hike available for every level of experience.

Along the way, the trail passes through the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.

(828) 254-3708
Pisgah National Forest

The Pisgah National Forest covers 1,076,711 acres across Western North Carolina. This large area includes tracts surrounding the town of Asheville and the French Broad Replica watches uk River Valley. Tremendous recreational opportunities, including hiking and backpacking, abound within its boundaries. This forest is divided up into 4 ranger districts: Grandfather, Toecane, French Broad, and Pisgah. The Grandfather Cheap replica handbags and Toecane Ranger Districts lie in the northern mountains of NC.

(828) 257-4200

The North Carolina Arboretum is a 434-acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest. Surrounded by the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, the Arboretum is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural garden settings in America.

Established in 1986 by the General Assembly as an inter-institutional facility of the University of North Carolina, the Arboretum came into existence nearly a century after this country's father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, first envisioned such an institution near Asheville.

A center for education, research, conservation and economic development, and garden demonstration, the Arboretum offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages.

(828) 665-2492
Henderson County
Carl Sandburg National Historic Site - Connemarra

The home of America's poet, Carl Sandburg, is quite a baronial estate for an old socialist. It was designated as a National Historic Site in 1968 to honor Carl Sandburg's compelling collection of stories about the American people; their plights, struggles, joys and hopes as told through Sandburg's poetry, prose, journalism and biography.

(828) 693-4178
Jackson Park

Henderson County's largest county park and recreational facility. 4 Picnic Shelters, Trails, BMX Track, Nature Trails, 8 Ball Fields, 2 Basketball Courts, 3 Playgrounds, 8 Tennis Courts, Greenway, Wooded Picnic Areas, Bocce Court, 3 Horse Shoe Pits, Multi-use Field (soccer field), Amphitheater

(828) 697-4884

Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, the Mountain Trail Outdoor School's classroom is 1,400 acres of peaks, valleys, coves, streams and lakes with over 10 miles of hiking trails. The Outdoor School is a residential environmental and outdoor education program, working with groups of 10 to 135 from schools, churches, nonprofit organizations and businesses.

(828) 692-9136
Henderson/Polk County

The 16 miles of trails in the Green River Game Lands are a joint project between the Environmental and Conservation Organization (828) 692-0385) and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. For color brochure with trail info: www.eco-wnc.org/green_river_brochure.htm.

The trails are located in the Green River Game Lands, a rugged tract of more than 10,000 acres along the Green River in Henderson and Polk Counties, NC. Owned by the state, the primary purpose of NC Game Lands is wildlife conservation and management -- hunting, fishing, and trapping are allowed in Game Lands. The trails in this unique area are maintained to encourage and facilitate foot travel only.

Contact NC Wildlife Resources Commission for more information about NC Game Lands and hunting seasons. www.NCWildlife.org

(828) 692-0385
Henderson/Rutherford County

Bat Cave is owned by The Nature Conservancy and a private landowner and is accessible only through the North Carolina Chapter's field trip program. For more information on these summer trips, look at the field trips page. Please note: The cave itself is closed to the public.

Hikes begin in June and are every Wednesday & Saturday until August.
Call the Mountain District Office to make reservations.

(828) 749-1700
Mitchell County

Grandfather Mountain has been a wildlife sanctuary and nature preserve for over 100 years. It is privately owned and operated as a scenic travel attraction. The Mountain has a nature museum, a mile high swinging bridge, wildlife exhibits and more. There are 11 trails varying in difficulty from a gentle walk in the woods to a rigorous trek across rugged peaks. It is in the backcountry that you come up against the more challenging hikes.

(800) 468-7325
Polk/Henderson County

The Green River Gorge, located southeast of Hendersonville contains rugged, steep ravines, coves, mixed hardwood forest, and boasts some of the most popular whitewater rapids in the Eastern United States.

The Gorge runs through the Green River Game Lands, a state-owned tract of more than 10,000 acres set aside for wildlife conservation and management. The Green River Gorge drops 400 feet in a distance of one and a half miles and runs through a six-foot wide crevice known as the Narrows.

(828) 687-7234
Rutherford County
Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock Park, located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, offers the best of the mountains in one place--spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, and the 315-foot Chimney Rock overlooking Lake Lure.

(828) 625-9611
Lake Lure

Hickory Creek and the Broad River carved the Hickory Nut Gorge which runs southeast from Hickory Nut Gap and drops 1,800 feet in elevation before ending at Lake Lure. Also includes Bat Cave and Chimney Rock. It is home to 13 rare animal and 34 rare plant species. To date, more than 3000 acres are under conservation protection replica watches uk .

The Visitor Center for the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce is located at 2926 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure NC

(828) 625-2725
Siever County
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles North Carolina and Tennessee. The Park preserves a rich cultural tapestry of Southern Appalachian history.

Biological diversity is the hallmark of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which encompasses over 800 square miles in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Weather plays an important part on whether a particular part of the Park is open to the public. Check before you travel there.

(865) 436-1200
Transylvania County

Plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique species in the eastern United States are found within Gorges State Park. An elevation that rises 2,000 feet in only four miles, combined swiss replica watches with rainfall in excess of 80 inches per year, creates a temperate rain forest and supports a collection of waterfalls.

Park hours
November-February, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
March and October, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
April, May, September, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
June-August, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day
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Park office hours
8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Closed state holidays

(828) 966-9099
Transylvania/Henderson County
DuPont State Forest

DuPont Forest is made up of more than 10,000 acres of forest, trails, and waterfalls between Hendersonville and Brevard, North Carolina. Horseback riding, hiking, picnicing, mountain biking, boating and swimming available.

(828) 877-6527
Yancey County

Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places. In the crest of the timeworn Black Mountains lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi. For those who ascend this mighty peak, what looms in the horizon is a feast for the eyes—breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling ridges and fertile valleys. Forested and forever misty, 1,855-acre Mount Mitchell State Park will provide you with some of the most tranquil moments you'll ever experience.

Park hours
November-February, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
March and October, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
April and September, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
May-August, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

Park office hours
8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays
Closed Christmas Day

(828) 675-4611
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