Things to do near Laurel Mountain

Should you ever have a yearning to do more than Laurel Mountain Preserve offers, you'll find that you are centrally located to all the best western Caroline has to offer. Culture. Restaurants. Attractions. Activities. All the creature comforts awaits you, as well as other natural wonders to explore.

To help you choose among your endless choices, please explore our selection of favorite things to do.

Black Mountain A charming lake-side town with a good selection of first class restaurants, golf, antiques, handmade crafts, furniture, factory outlets plus cozy B&B's and inns.

Asheville Named by Frommer's as one of their 12 must global destinations. Asheville is the ultimate in as eclectic downtown loaded with art galleries, music scenes and great culinary experiences surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains backdrop.

Biltmore Estate America's largest home and its century old gardens are the birthplace of many forestry and home convenience innovations. A magnificent 250 room chateau filled with priceless art and antiques.

The Blue Ridge Parkway A 469 mile recreational motor road that connects Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks while protecting the cultural and natural features of the region. Designed as a "scenic drive", the Parkway provides both stunning scenery and close-up looks at the natural and cultural history of the mountains.

Chimney Rock This privately-owned scenic attraction near Asheville offers spectacular 75 mile views, a 404 foot waterfall, hiking trails and more.

Hickory Nut Gorge, a Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Park

Grandfather Mountain Be inspired by views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, stand head and shoulders above the surrounding region, be awe struck by 360-degree views of mountain ridge after mountain ridge retreating to the horizon in the nature preserve with over 12 miles of Alpine hiking trails.

Mount Mitchell Highest peak east of Rocky Mountains. Mount Mitchell State Park is located 8 mile as the crow flies from Black Mountain. Spectacular scenery and views! great place to drive and see the sites or hike the many trails.

Thomas Wolfe House The boyhood home of acclaimed 20th century author, Thomas Wolfe, immortalized in his novel Look Homeward Angel

Carl Sandburg Home Home of nationally renowned poet, folk singer, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Carl Sandburg. The grounds contain the home, pastures, orchard and farm where Carl Snadburg spend the last two decades of his life.

Plants and Animals to see

Planning a hike for the family

The Best Hikes in North Carolina

Museums within 50 miles (* within 15 miles)

* Asheville Art Museum, Buncombe County, NC

* Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Buncombe County, NC

* Colburn Earth Science Museum, Buncombe County, NC

* Estes-Winn Antique Automobile Museum, Buncombe County, NC

* Health Adventure, Buncombe County, NC

Appalachian Cultural Museum, Watauga County, NC

BMW Zentrum, Greenville, SC

Caldwell Heritage Center, Jackson County, NC

Folk Art Center, Buncombe County, NC

Hands on! Regional Museum, Washington County, TN

Mountain Heritage Center, Jackson County, NC

Museum of North Carolina Minerals, Mitchell County, NC

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