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Carolina's Finest

Fontana Village, North Carolina

The town of Blowing Rock North Carolina got its name from the four-thousand foot cliffs that tower over the Johns River. When standing on those cliffs, on a windy day, you can experience an upward gust so powerful that you can toss a light object over the edge and have it blown back up at you.

Charlotte North Carolina is known as, “The Queen City,” and, “The Gateway to the New South,” and benefits from a rich past and a clear future.

Taylor House Inn, in Valle Crucis, North Carolina bed and breakfast, near the Mast General Store, your home base to visit the area attractions that have been attracting settlers and travelers alike, for nearly 200 years. Guarded by some of the highest peaks of southern Appalachian, the Valle Crucis stretch of Watauga River Valley retains an air of simplicity lost to most places generations ago.

Mountain Glen Golf Club – Located 15 minutes from Banner Elk in Newland, the par 72 Mountain Glen Golf Club features 6,723 yards of golf and boasts a 129 slope rating, making it the one of the longest and steepest public course in the area. All skill levels will enjoy warming up on the driving range, putting green and chipping green before selecting between three sets of tees on the 18-hole course.

Sugar Mountain Golf Club – A short five minute drive from Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain Golf Club sits at and elevation of 4,000 feet offering cool temperatures in the summer and majestic views of the foliage in the fall. Designed by Frank Duane, the longtime project manager for Robert Trent Jones Sr., the short 18-hole par 64 course is challenging enough for the avid golfer yet forgiving enough for the novice to build confidence.

Brook, Brown and Rainbow trout along with other varieties like Smallmouth Bass and Musky. 2 local guide companies, Elk Creek Outfitters and the Foscoe Fishing Company, offer a variety of float and wade fishing trips all guided by an experienced staff. Anglers can choose from multiple picturesque trips on the Watauga, Elk, Linville, Toe and New River or explore one of the many small streams that carve through the countryside. No matter the experience level or size of the group both outfitter...

Sitting quietly in the North Carolina High Country, the quaint town of Banner Elk is quickly earning a reputation amongst anglers in the Southeast as a prime fishing destination. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler the hundreds of miles of cool mountain rivers, streams and lakes provide the perfect opportunity for an adventure not to be forgotten.

Glen Burnie & Glen Marie Falls: This set of falls can be found at the beautiful Annie Cannon Park in downtown Blowing Rock. The trail to the falls follows an ancient Native American Indian path that was used for hundreds of years to access the valley below. While the trail drops 600 feet over 1.6 miles and may leave some huffing for air on the way back up, it does not entail any treacherous obstacles and will reward hikers with views of two separate falls. (30 minutes East / 20 miles)

Linville Falls: Owned by the National Park Service, Linville Falls is the most popular and accessible waterfall in the area. Located at milepost 316.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the park features four overlooks of the Linville River as it plunges 150-feet over four drops. At 1.4 miles round-trip, the mostly flat trail makes catching a glimpse of this powerful waterfall easy for all ages. More skilled and adventurous hikers can access the base of the falls by taking a steep trail that descends...

Cascade Falls: Located at milepost 272 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, E.B. Jeffress Park and Cascade Falls is perfect for families. The park includes restrooms, benches, grills and a large open field with vistas of the surrounding mountains. A short half-mile loop leads hikers along a small stream that suddenly widens to about 15-feet before dropping off the mountain side. Two overlooks are stationed only feet away from the cascading falls, providing the perfect photo-op. (45 minutes North / 35 M...