Where to Cool Off This Summer in the NC Mountains

The High Country Summer Activities

Part I

With school finally out and summer around the corner, it’s finally time to dive right into some fun-filled NC mountain adventures with friends and family. Cool off from the intense Carolina heat with these exciting water-based activities located right here in The High Country.

River and Earth Adventures


At River and Earth Adventures in Vilas, NC, there is a multitude of activities to choose from –  tubing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and whitewater rafting are a few offered in the water-based category. If you decide that you don’t want to get wet, you can participate in other outdoor hobbies such as hiking, biking, caving, or rock climbing. Regardless of the activity you pick or the number of your party, everyone is guaranteed to have an adventure.

Linville Falls


If you are familiar with the area, you may have already received great recommendations of the popular, Linville Falls. Whether you plan to take a hike along the trails or explore the campgrounds, there is plenty to do during your journey to the falls. For overnight purposes, you can either stay in a uniquely designed cabin or station your RV on the campgrounds. We highly recommend taking a hike to view the gorgeous mountain scenery and visit the beautiful Linville Falls.

Hebron Rock Colony


The NC Mountains are home to plenty of swimming holes, especially in The High Country. But one, in particular, is a local favorite that is 20 minutes from Boone – Hebron Rock Colony. With large boulders, small waterfalls, and multiple swimming holes, Hebron is a great hangout spot positioned along the trail. If you decide to walk the trail, bring your furry friend! This trail is accessible to dogs and is easy enough for them to walk along with you.

Crabtree Falls


Photo Credit: Romantic Asheville

Who doesn’t love gazing upon a gorgeous waterfall? If you enjoy hiking, Crabtree Falls should definitely be on your bucket list with its 2.5-mile loop trail. However, even if you aren’t a hiker, you can still journey to the falls. Located at Milepost 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (about 24 miles south of Linville Falls), Crabtree Falls is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the Appalachian Mountains. Along the trail, you can take a break at the picnic area or campground to rest.

Mountain Troutfitters


Mountain Troutfitters is the perfect place to invest in a guided fishing trip within The High Country. You can choose among many different areas to fish with one of their trained guides. Regardless of your level of fishing expertise, this group will plan your trip to suit your exact needs. Plus, they will even provide all of the proper gear you’ll need except for your fishing license.

Trash Can Falls


Photo Credit: Appalachian High Country Trails

If you’re interested in a local favorite, grab your family or a group of friends to take a trip to Trash Can Falls, also known as Laurel Creek Falls. This swimming spot is an ideal location to hang out on a hot, summer day. Or, if you don’t want to go for a swim, you can take a hiking trip to gaze upon the magnificent view of the falls.

To learn about more exciting summer activities in the area, stay tuned to our blog. In the meantime, if you’re interested in some non-water related activities, take a trip to some of the best farmers markets in The High Country.

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