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Snakeroot Ecotours offers
custom excursions to
waterfalls and swimming
holes, among other outdoor
offerings.

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;; Banner Elk Stables (Banner Elk,
NC) - Enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains
during one-hour horseback rides. Horses
from Banner Elk Stables have appeared
in several Hollywood films, including
"Shallow Hal" and "National Treasure." YR
bannerelkstables.com
;; Beech Mountain (Beech Mountain, NC) -
Offering mountain biking and disc golf in
warmer months; skiing, ice skating, and
tubing in the winter. YR
beechmountainresort.com
;; Grandfather Mountain (Linville, NC) -
The mile-high swinging bridge provides a
unique view of the surrounding mountains.
There's a multitude of hiking trails for all
skill levels. Plus wildlife habitats, nature
museum, daily programs and special
events. YR Grandfather.com
;; Hawksnest (Seven Devils, NC) - Hawksnest
Tubing Park is the largest snow tubing park
on the East Coast with more than 30 lanes
spanning from 400 feet to 1,000 feet long.
hawksnesttubing.com Hawksnest Zipline
has 20 ziplines including four mega zips-
two over 2,000 feet long and two over 1,500
feet long. Hawksnestzipline.com
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;; Julian Price Memorial Park (Blowing
Rock, NC; BRP milepost 297) - 4,200-acre natural
playground at the Grandfather Mountain.
Hiking, canoeing, fishing and camping are
popular here. Insurance giant Julian Price
initially bought the land as an employee
retreat; heirs donated to the BRP as a
memorial. YR bit.ly/31LxPfd

;; Rendezvous Mountain State

;; Mount Mitchell State Park (Burnsville,
NC - BRP milepost 355.4) - The summit, at
6,684 feet, is the highest point east of
the Mississippi. Check the views from the
observation deck, hike the trails, pitch a
tent, explore the museum. YR Full-service
restaurant available May-October.
ncparks.gov/mount-mitchell-state-park

;; Snakeroot Ecotours (Burnsville, NC) -
Enjoy group or individual ecotours in the
highest mountains east of the Mississippi.
Owner Tal Galton has been named one of
10 "certifiably awesome guides" in the U.S.
by Outside magazine. Options include cloud
forest hikes and Blue Ghost Firefly tours.
SP, SU, F snakerootecotours.com

;; Orvis Fly Fishing Lodge at Chetola
Resort (Blowing Rock, NC) - Guests and
non-guests can book half-day and full-day
guided fly fishing excursions in a selection
of the best public and private-access
streams in the Blue Ridge Mountains. SP,
SU, F chetola.com

;; Sugar Mountain Resort (Sugar Mountain,
NC) - Winter sports like skiing and ice
skating are staples here, but there are
also year-round activities including biking,
festivals and special events. YR skisugar.com

Educational Forest (Wilkes County, NC) - This
forest showcases magnificent mountain
hardwoods in one of North Carolina's most
scenic, secluded settings. Well-marked
trails, accented by exhibits and displays,
depict the ecology of this managed forest.
YR ncesf.org/rendezvousMt.html

;; Warrior Creek Mountain Bike Trails
(Wilkesboro, NC) - Part of the system of trails
at Kerr Scott Reservoir. YR trailforks.com/
trails/warrior-creek


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