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.

Gem Mining in the High Country

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With lush forests, breathtaking mountain views and a diverse community of wildlife, the High Country is rich with beauty and excitement.

Destination: Banner Elk

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One step into downtown Banner Elk and the resort town makes you feel at home. This charming, one-stoplight mountain oasis welcomes visitors with a promise of a stress-free getaway.

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 […]