Day Trips

Mount Jefferson

State Park rising to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, Mount Jefferson is a national natural landmark with a rich history. Five hiking trails, including a child-friendly TRACK trail and a strenuous scramble along the mountain’s ridgeline, allow exploration of rare geology and plant communities.  

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Lansing Creeper Trail

The town of Lansing is in the process of expanding their park from 10 to 65 acres. The expanded park will provide a variety of outdoor experiences from walking trails to camping spots to an adventure playground. It will also feature the work of local craftsman and a venue for dances and live music. Check it out!

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Zaloos Canoes

In business for over 40 years, Zaloos is the region’s oldest canoeing, kayaking and tubing outfitter. Located on a beautiful stretch of the New River, just upstream of the New River State Park, Zaloos will accommodate your quest for adventure. Canoe and kayak camping trips also available. Call in advance for reservations.

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New River State Park

 

Named a National Wild and Scenic River in 1976, our beloved New River winds through some of the best North Carolina mountain scenery. New River State Park is base camp for exploration of this river at two principal spots—Wagoner Road Access and US 221 Access. Both offer walk-in camping and paddling access. Primitive, canoe-in camping is available at downstream access areas. Brief trips or multi-day excursions can be arranged with private outfitters.

 

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Granfather Mountain

Don’t miss one of the Blue Ridge’s most fascinating and well-known mountains, known for its unique shape, resembling an old bearded man’s face (lying down, facing the sky). Plan to spend a day here, walking and hiking and experiencing the mile-high swinging bridge, nature museum, wildlife habitats, fudge shop and Mildred’s Grill.

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Wahoo Adventures

Wahoo Adventures is the High Country's oldest rafting, caving and hiking outfitter, twice voted “Outfitter of the Year" by the PPA.  Wahoo has several outposts, but the closest one to your rental cabin is probably the New River Outpost in Todd, where you can rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and tubes of all kinds. If you’re a thrill-seeker, try Wahoo’s “X-Stream” adventures: the X-Stream Team, on the Nolichucky and Watauga Rivers, or Extreme Paddling on Wilson Creek (just south of Blowing Rock). These are available in spring or early summer, when the water level is high.

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Tweetsie Railroad

Take a trip through the Old West when cowboys and Indians roamed. Tweetsie Railroad is an amazing experience for families, complete with carnival rides, a petting zoo, dinners and live entertainment, and the notorious train ride through the trees and into the past. A perfect component of your Blowing Rock day trip.

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Mystery Hill

Prepare to be amazed as your family experiences the only natural gravitational anomaly in North Carolina! There’s also Mystery Hall, where shadows linger on walls long after you’re gone, or where you can create a giant bubble, with your favorite person inside. You can also explore early area history, native American artifacts, or the Appalachian fossil museum. A must-see for the family during your Blowing Rock day trip.

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Caving

 

Want to stay dry on your adventure? Climb down into the depths of a subterranean world and explore the underbelly of the Blue Ridge, near Johnson City, TN, just over the NC border. Caving is another Wahoo specialty, and they claim their cave is the largest in all of Tennessee. The cave steward and his expert guides will lead your expedition through narrow passages as they teach you about the fragile environment that forms the stalactites and stalagmites.

 

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Paragliding at the Sky Retreat

At the Sky Retreat in Purlear (between West Jefferson and Wilkesboro) you can learn to fly! A certified USHPA tandem paragliding pilot will help you soar above the Blue Ridge, seeing these amazing mountains from a whole new perspective. No prior paragliding experience is necessary.  You’ll experience flight from the comfort and safety of your own harness seat, flying tandem with a guide, for $125. If you’re ready to go solo, talk to your pilot about solo paragliding lessons. The Sky Retreat also offers tubing, kayaking and mountain bike rentals.

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Applachian Ski Mountain

If you’re looking for the perfect winter experience, we suggest a trip to Appalachian Ski Mountain where you and your loved ones can take advantage of the snow and ice in the mountains. Enjoy skiing or snowboarding on slopes designed for all ages. Equipment rentals provided. They also offer an ice skating rink!

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Doc's Rocks Gem Mine

Family owned and operated since 2007, the Doc’s Rock staff’s mission is to teach basic geology to the general public while supporting the Board of Education in all aspects of the field. Our focus is the historical geological formation of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the gemstones and minerals that can be found here as a result. Geology is fun and exciting at this family attraction near Blowing Rock, where you can mine your own gems and then turn them into stunning jewelry.

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Mountains to Coast

Mountains to Coast is a great choice for High Country fly fishing and shotgun sports. Fishing options include trophy trout or smallmouth bass in a free flowing river or creek, wild trout in a smaller pristine back country headwater, or floating down a tailrace river or stream. This outfitter provides transportation for private guided trips, tours and any sort of fishing or hunting adventure you have in mind.

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Clay Shooting

Mountains to Coast also provides a shooting venue and a variety of target angles. Choose from trap, skeet, 5-stand, and sporting clays, in a wide range of difficulty levels. In inclement weather, whether it’s rain, snow or hot sun, guests can shoot from a sheltered cover. The venue’s owner is a certified instructor and will be glad to assist you at no extra charge.

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Horseback Riding

 

Experience the amazing beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains from horseback! Leatherwood Mountains provides seasoned trail horses and mules, with friendly guides and wranglers. Beginners are always welcome – all riders receive personalized attention and instruction. Call ahead to schedule reservations.

 

 

 

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