Relax and unwind in High Country with an abundance of leisure activities
Winter to summer, fall to spring, there’s never a dull season in the High Country. Area attractions and outdoor activities ensure every visitor has a fun and enriching vacation, ripe with stories to tell and memories to cherish.
Anglers will find themselves in high heaven in the High Country, with large rivers and small streams providing challenging, exciting and abundant fishing. Stocked and wild trout, musky and smallmouth bass are the most prevalent fish, and numerous guides and instruction services take anglers of all levels where they need to go to make a catch.
Trips are not only entertaining but scenic as well—guides know where to find some of the purest, most untouched parts of nature. Nearby are a couple of the finest tailwater fisheries in the Southeast. Local outfitters offer wade and float trips. Keep up-to-date on catch and release regulations, and purchase your fishing license before you go at www.ncwildlife.org.
Enjoy the scenery aboard a trusty companion—a horse. Many area stables offer trail rides through country you wouldn’t otherwise get to see. Experienced and knowledgeable guides offer insight and instruction for riders of all levels.
Head over to Dutch Creek Trails to enjoy horseback riding adventures on wooded trails, old farm fields and take In the views of the valley surrounded by beautiful blue mountains along with plenty of southern hospitality. Visit www.highcountryhorseback.com for more information about area stables and opportunities available for equestrians and horse-lovers.
Trails of varying strenuousness wrap around the mountains, hills, forests and rivers, allowing hikers of all levels of experience and fitness to easily navigate their way. For trail maps and a breakdown of the difficulty and length of dozens of trails, visit www.highcountryhiking.com. To benefit from the experience of an expert, try a guided hike from one of many companies offering half-, full- or multi-day treks.
Golfing may be North Carolina’s state pastime, but mountain golfing is a whole new way to play. With spectacular views, cooler weather and challenging courses, area courses range from Par 3 to pro-quality, suiting every golfer’s taste and level. And no matter where you tee off, you’re sure to be surrounded by extraordinary views.
Sites such as Tweetsie Railroad and Grandfather Mountain hold a special place in the hearts of most anyone who’s visited the North Carolina High Country, so you may choose to relive some of the memories you once experienced while creating some new ones for a small member of your own family. Or if you want to visit some new sites, consider taking a tour of the area wineries that have been popping up like luscious grapes on a vine for the past several years.