Waterfalls with Fairly Easy Access

linnville falls

By Julie Matthews One wonderful perk of mountain life is the abundance of waterfalls. Setting out on a hike, whether short or long, with the mission of viewing a waterfall can be very gratifying. Hearing the loud sound of water as you approach the cascading falls and then catching that first glimpse of the rushing […]

North Carolina Trout Fishing

Trout fishing in the High Country

Catching Mountain Trout in the High Country By John M. Aydlett, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services The trout has been mythicized and immortalized by innumerable writers, outdoor sports editors and most fly-fishing storytellers. There are those who believe the only way to enjoy the gastronomical pleasures of trout is to pull one […]

High Country Hiking Trails


The High Country has hundreds of miles of hiking trails to explore with varying lengths, terrain and difficulties.

High Thrill in the High Country

Photo Courtesy of Sky Valley Zip Tours

By Arielle Patterson, with updates by Julie MatthewsPhoto Above Courtesy of Sky Valley Zip Tours Alot of people look to the High Country as a place to relax and unwind, and it’s certainly an ideal location for kicking back. However, others are born with a yearning for adventure, and it’s these people who look to […]

Mile High Swinging Bridge

Mile High Swinging Bridge in Grandfather Mountain

When you visit Grandfather Mountain, take a walk one mile above sea level across the Mile High Swinging Bridge.

High Country Fall Colors

Image from Todd Bush Your Guide to Seeing the High Country Fall Foliage There’s never a bad time to visit the charming mountain towns within North Carolina’s High Country. Each season offers a different experience and an array of activities. As the crisp fall air rolls in, you’ll notice the treetops change from green to […]