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Parks and nature in Blue Ridge Mountains

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National Park
“If you have never been to this National Park please make every effort to visit. There are several things to do here from hiking, fishing, bicycling, horseback riding and auto touring.”
  • 164 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh serves the people of North Carolina and all visitors as a top destination for compelling encounters with art, inside and out. A stunning permanent collection, and high-profile traveling exhibitions come through here. The sculpture garden is vast and modern. If you are lucky enough to be here in summer, their summer music series is contemporary, bustling, and the setting is gorgeous. Bring a picnic. If you plan to imbibe, buy your alcohol there, they don’t let you haul it in. ”
  • 148 locals recommend
Rafting
“The U.S. National White Water Center is a perfect day trip for active families. They have ropes corses, white water rafting, rock climbing, and great food and local brews. Enjoy concerts on the green at night. Check out the website for the schedule.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Park
“Waterfalls galore on easy to hike trails. This hike has the most bang for the buck!!”
  • 216 locals recommend
Zoo
“really big zoo and great for families! a lot of events going on at different times in the year”
  • 73 locals recommend
Park
“Something that doesn't cost any money. Play soccer, volleyball, cycling, picnic, jog, walk or throw the baseball, football or frisbee. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
National Park
“11 mile loop in your car. For runners/cyclists... This is closed to cars until 10am on Wednesday and Saturday morning. Beautiful, inspiring run. For those less ambitious, drive it in your car all other hours. There's a decent chance you'll see a bear!”
  • 113 locals recommend
Garden
“Do you love nature but aren't huge on hiking? The Arboretum will sum it up perfectly! And in the spring/summer it's just so beautiful. They even have a succulent/bonzai tree feature that's incredibly fun.”
  • 176 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“The largest illuminated man made Star just celebrated it's 70th birthday. Amazing views of the Roanoke Valley. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Park
“Founded in 1887 Pullen Park is the first public park in North Carolina, 5th oldest operating amusement park in the U.S. and 16th oldest in the world. Rent a pedalboat or ride the historic carousel. Playground for kids. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Park
“Take in the view of the city and the mountains from the top of the Sunsphere! It’s a free trip up the elevator. There are walking trails, a playground, and a short walk to restaurants on UT campus. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Park
“Tanglewood Park is a recreation center and park in Clemmons, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA. It is located on the Yadkin River between Clemmons and Bermuda Run. It is home to the annual "Tanglewood Festival of Lights," a display of lights in the wintertime celebrating the holidays. It's great for trailrun. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“ 16 local Airbnb hosts recommend Nice river views with downtown in the background. Checkout the airport from 500 feet up. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Local events & concerts. Also nice walking trail with historical signs for sight seeing. Great view of Ohio River”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful at Christmastime and all year. Nice playground and lovely fountain ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Playground
“Tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, swings, and city pool.”
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Beach
“Lake swimming, playing and disc golf available not too far from miles of Hiking, Biking or horse back riding trails at Issaqueena Trail Head. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“A park within the city, that has plenty of trails both dirt and paved to walk on. Next to the lake. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Beach
“Great beach for swimming. Boating and fishing. Great trails for hiking, biking, and horse riding. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

Trails

Rafting
“The U.S. National White Water Center is a perfect day trip for active families. They have ropes corses, white water rafting, rock climbing, and great food and local brews. Enjoy concerts on the green at night. Check out the website for the schedule.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Park
“Waterfalls galore on easy to hike trails. This hike has the most bang for the buck!!”
  • 216 locals recommend
Park
“Something that doesn't cost any money. Play soccer, volleyball, cycling, picnic, jog, walk or throw the baseball, football or frisbee. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Garden
“Do you love nature but aren't huge on hiking? The Arboretum will sum it up perfectly! And in the spring/summer it's just so beautiful. They even have a succulent/bonzai tree feature that's incredibly fun.”
  • 176 locals recommend
Trail
“For those who love being outside. You don’t have to drive far to get here. Our own urban wilderness with tons of trails and incredible hikes ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Park
“If you are in the mood for a beautiful hike on the edges of the Eno river this is the place for you.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Park
“There are several restaurants that you can visit in downtown Chimney Rock. There is also a little lake that you can walk around and Lake Lure has a swimming area that is open in the summer. Chimney Rock is a state park where families can choose to hike up or take an elevator to the top. If you have small children, I would strap them in something as the height made me nervous with mine but otherwise we highly recommend!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“In addition to the country's oldest handicraft shop, you will find a museum, two exhibitions, and an American Craft library rich with archives. Visit the Folk Art Center to learn our story, experience regional craft, & admire the works of over 300 Appalachian artists. 382 Blue Ridge Parkway | Asheville, NC Jan-Mar: Mon-Sun 9a-5p | April-Dec: Mon-Sat 9a-6p, Sun 9-5p Daily Craft Demonstrations: March- December 10a-4p”
  • 98 locals recommend
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