7 Great Summer Activities in Western North Carolina | Quench Your Adventure

The mountains of Western North Carolina are home to wonderful places and exciting activities to enjoy a memorable moment summer holidays.

1) Hawksnest Snow Tube and Zipline

Located near Sugar Mountain, Hawksnest is home to one of the longest ziplines in the country. There are 4 miles of ziplining with speeds of up to 50 mph and heights of over 200 feet. There are 20 ziplines, including two over 2000 feet long and two over 1500 feet long. The views are beautiful and the guides were all friendly and fun! $70 per person

2) Whitewater rafting at Wildwater Nantahala

Located near Bryson City, the Nantahala River is perfect for beginner rafters, school groups and families. With mostly Class I and Class II rapids, and a single Class III waterfall at the very end, this mild to moderate river can be navigated without a guide. You will spend around 2 hours on the river and you should have a blast! Prices vary

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3) Hike to Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Located in West Jefferson, Mount Jefferson rises 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape. A beautiful drive takes you near the top with scenic views along the way and a handful of beautiful hiking trails near the top. We recommend taking the Summit and Rhododendron Trail to Luther Rock. It’s a few miles with rewarding views at the top! Free

4) Biking at Beech Mountain

Most people probably visit Beech Mountain in the winter to ski, but summer here is a completely different and enjoyable experience. The main draw for us is lift-served downhill mountain biking on a host of epic trails that will put your skills to the test! Beech also offers scenic lifts, mile-high yoga, disc golf, hiking, live music, tubing, skating and more!


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5) Tubing at Zaloo’s Canoes, Kayaks & Tubes

If you’re looking for a slower, more relaxing experience compared to rafting, the New River flows gently and offers a beautiful setting. We hired an extra tube especially for our cooler which we filled with drinks and snacks for the float trip of about 3 hours. $20 per person

6) Camping at Grandpa Campground

Located at the base of Grandfather Mountain, it’s a beautiful campground with streams, fire pits, and a cozy forest feel. The staff are friendly, people were fishing and playing in the creek, and the office has a store with lots of food and gear. There is also a playground, a large meadow and even a dog park. The bathrooms have two toilets and two showers and were incredibly beautiful and well maintained.$18

7) Gemstone Mining at Sugar Creek Gem Mine

A unique experience and a great activity for children. Compared to other Gem Mining spots in the area, Sugar Creek is the best value. You use a shovel, water and a sieve to find citrine, rubies, emeralds, tourmaline and more in the bucket of your choice. The staff are friendly and will help you identify your stones after extraction. $25

Which of these activities are you most excited about?

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