ABOUT NORTH CAROLINANorth Carolina is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the Southern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. North Carolina contains 100 counties. Its capital is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte.
The Outer Banks (also known as OBX) is a 200-mile (320-km) long string of narrow barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina and a small portion of Virginia, beginning in the southeastern corner of Virginia Beach on the east coast of the United States. They cover most of the North Carolina coastline, separating the Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound from the Atlantic Ocean.
Asheville is a city in and the county seat of Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. It is the largest city in Western North Carolina, and the 11th largest city in North Carolina. The City is home to the United States National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), which is the world's largest active archive of weather data. The U.S. Census Bureau determined that Asheville's population in 2010 was 83,393.
Linville Caverns are privately owned active limestone caverns located in northern McDowell County, North Carolina, just south of the village of Linville Falls, on U.S. Highway 221. The caverns are open to the public year round for guided tours. Linville Caverns have been open for tours since the late 1930s and remain the only show caverns in North Carolina The caverns were discovered in 1822 by local fishermen and since that time have been of interest to locals and travelers alike.
Grandfather Mountain is a mountain and state park near Linville, North Carolina. At 5,946 feet (1,818 m), it is the highest peak on the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the major chains of the Appalachian Mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes by the south side of the mountain. It is located at the meeting point of Avery, Caldwell (highest point), and Watauga (highest point) Counties.
Chimney Rock is a village in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 175 at the 2000 census. The village takes its name from a large granite outcropping located on a summit above the village itself in Chimney Rock State Park.
Festivals and Events
Learn Paddling at Nantahala Outdoor Center
While the American West gets so much of the love when it comes to adventure, the underappreciated South lays claim to an abundance of whitewater. And it’s not just the rapids that make paddling here so special. A paddling culture has grown up down South, highlighted by big events such as the Gauley River Festival in West Virginia or facilities like the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. The heart and soul of the South’s whitewater scene, however, is the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), tucked up in the deep, wooded folds of the Appalachians."
Entertaining & informative guided tours take visitors along a level walk to see “inside” Humpback Mountain. Affordable family fun that features amazing mineral color, unique formations, an underground stream with native trout, the “Bottomless Pool” and a peek into total darkness.
Kayak the Green River Narrows
About 30 miles south of Asheville, North Carolina, there lies a gem of American whitewater: the Green Narrows. “It’s one of the most popular and consistent creeks in the country,” Fisher says, which is why it has become a prime training ground for local elite kayakers and a pilgrimage site for boaters across the U.S.
Paddle the Outer Banks
North Carolina’s Outer Banks represent what the eastern seaboard used to look like before all the development and jetties. Left to the whims of the wind and tide, the barrier islands and their dunes change shape from year to year. That makes for an ideal place for beach sports ranging from surfing to striper fishing."