Best 8 Mountain Towns to Visit in North Carolina


Waterfalls and mountain biking in Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Forest, and Gorges State Park are accessible from Brevard, NC. Enjoy outdoor activities and downtown art galleries and boutiques year-round.


Highlands, NC, renowned as T+L’s Best Small Mountain Town in 2023, blends small-town charm with luxury. Enjoy top-rated hotels, scenic trails, gourmet dining, and cultural experiences like The Bascom art center.


High Hampton resort in Cashiers, NC, near Highlands, offers golfing, fishing, and luxury lodging. Shop at Cashiers Farmers Market and eat at The Village Hound.


Mountain gem Waynesville, NC, lies near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Discover antique shops, art galleries, and outdoor excursions with The Appalachian Adventure Company. Luxury hotels like The Swag.


Boone, NC, known for Appalachian State University, offers family-friendly attractions like Tweetsie Railroad and outdoor activities like river floats and hiking. Stay at accommodations like Rhode’s Motor Lodge.


Sylva, NC, boasts breweries, art galleries, and hiking trails like Pinnacle Park’s forest therapy trail. Explore dining options on Main Street, including notable spots like Dalaya Thai.


Hot Springs, NC, along the Appalachian Trail, is known for outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, and geothermal baths. Enjoy local eateries such as Vinyl Pies and Artisun for a refuel.


Bryson City, NC, offers GSM Railroad rides, Nantahala River and Fontana Lake swimming, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park hiking. Historic inns include Fryemont Inn and Everett Hotel.

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