Local Attractions

The Beauty of the North Carolina Mountains provides many recreational and sightseeing activities.  Here is just a short list of some of the parks, towns, attractions and natural areas that can be enjoyed within a short distance from our campground.  We hope you find the area here as beautiful and serene as we do!


Area Attractions

 

Linville Falls – 13 minutes/7.3 miles – turn left out of MRFC. Go 0.7 miles and turn left onto NC-194/Three Mile Rd. Go 4.2 miles. Turn right onto 221 S. Go 1.2 miles. Take exit left onto Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn left/North onto BRP. Go 1.1 miles and turn right onto Linville Falls Rd. Parking area ahead.

Grandfather Mountain – 28 minutes/17 miles – turn left out of MRFC. Go 0.7 miles and turn left onto NC-194/Three Mile Rd. Go 4.2 miles. Turn left onto 221 N. Go 9.3 miles. Turn right to stay on 221 N. Go 2.8 miles. Entrance will be on your left.

Linn Cove Viaduct – 31 minutes/19.5 miles – turn left out of MRFC. Go 0.7 miles and turn left onto NC-194/Three Mile Rd. Go 4.2 miles. Turn right onto 221 S. Go 1.2 miles. Take exit left onto Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn left/North onto BRP. Go 13.3 miles and parking area will be on your right.

Rough ridge overlook hike – 33 minutes/21 miles – turn left out of MRFC. Go 0.7 miles and turn left onto NC-194/Three Mile Rd. Go 4.2 miles. Turn right onto 221 S. Go 1.2 miles. Take exit left onto Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn left/North onto BRP. Go 14.8 miles and parking area will be on your left.

Crabtree falls – 34 mins/21.3 miles - turn left out of MRFC. Go 7.8 miles. Turn left onto NC-226, go 4.6 miles. Turn left onto Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn right/south to stay on BRP. Go 8.6 miles. Turn right into entrance of park.

Mount Mitchell State park – 1 hour 4 mins/39.7 miles - turn left out of MRFC. Go 7.8 miles. Turn left onto NC-226, go 4.6 miles. Turn left onto Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn right/south to stay on BRP. Go 24.4 miles. Turn right into entrance of park.

Craggy gardens – 1 hour 13 mins/46.1 miles - turn left out of MRFC. Go 7.8 miles. Turn left onto NC-226, go 4.6 miles. Turn left onto Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn right/south to stay on BRP. Go 33.6 miles. Destination on right.

Roan Mountain - Carvers Gap - app. Trail – 47 mins/30.7 miles - turn left out of MRFC. Go 8.5 miles. Turn right onto NC-226 N/S. Go 9.4 miles. Continue straight onto NC-261 at the flashing intersection. (DO NOT TURN LEFT to stay on 226) Go 12.8 miles. You will be on the NC/TN boarder. Roan Bluff is on you right through gate, AT/Roan Bald will be to your left. Continue straight into Tennessee to enter Roan Mtn State Park.

 
 
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Blue Ridge Parkway - 5.5 miles

Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most visited sections of the National Park System.

Split-rail fences, old farmsteads, mountain meadows and scenic overlooks with endless vistas make the Blue Ridge Parkway a popular attraction.

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Linville Gorge - 10 miles

The Linville River with its source high on Grandfather Mountain has, by its tremendous scouring action, formed one of Eastern America's most scenic and rugged gorges..

 
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Grandfather Mountain - 15 miles

Grandfather Mountain and its rocks reveal a long history of rock formation and mountain-building that dates back to 1.1 billion years ago. Today the mountain you see is the end product of two things: the mountain-building that culminated 300 million years ago, and the erosion that has been ongoing for over 100 million years and continues today.

 
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Blowing Rock - 25 miles

From the unmatched, far-reaching views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the quaint storybook mountain village, Blowing Rock, North Carolina is truly deserving of the title: "Crown of the Blue Ridge." Here you'll find popular family attractions including Tweetsie Railroad and The Blowing Rock, a plethora of unique downtown shops and outlets, and outdoor adventure ranging from hiking and biking to spelunking and bouldering.

 
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Beech Mountain

Eastern Americas highest town.

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Sugar Mountain 

We aren’t just a premier winter sports destination; our area offers something spectacular in every season.

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Biltmore House

Welcome to America's Largest Home®

Delight in our spectacular Chihuly at Biltmore exhibition, outdoor concerts, wine tastings at America’s most visited winery, and the opportunity to explore our 8,000-acre backyard via kayak, Segway, horseback, bike, Land Rover, and more.

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Mt Mitchell

Home of the highest, oldest peaks

 
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WNC Quilt Trail

Mitchell and Yancey Counties have between them, over 200 quilt blocks, with more in the hopper. Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina, the non-profit corporation that runs the project, welcomes volunteers to help with painting, story writing, installation, and a myriad of other tasks that it takes to keep the project running.


Favorite Eateries

 

Fox + Fig Coffee Shop – 9 minutes/7 miles – turn left out of MRFC. Go 6.8 miles and turn right onto Ward St. Go 300 feet. Turn left onto Oak St. Destination will be on right. 

City Drive in – 9 minutes/7 miles – turn left out of MRFC. Go 6.8 miles and turn right onto Ward St. Go 300 feet. Turn left onto Oak St. Destination will be on left. 

DTs Blue Ridge Java Coffee Shop – 11 minutes/7.4 miles – turn left out of MRFC. Go 6.8 miles and turn right onto Ward St. Go 300 feet. Turn left onto Oak St. Go half mile and turn left onto Locust St. Destination will be on right across from old train depot.

Mountain View – 18 minutes/12.7 miles – turn left out of MRFC. Go 7.8 miles and turn left onto Hwy 226. Go 4.7 miles. Turn left under the Parkway bridge to stay on NC 226. Destination will be on right.

Chalet Restaurant – 22 minutes/15.5 miles – turn left out of MRFC. Go 7.8 miles and turn left onto Hwy 226. Go 4.6 miles. Turn left onto Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP). Go 300 feet and turn right to stay S on BRP. Go 3 miles and turn left towards High Ridge Rd. Destination will be on left.

Switzerland Cafe – 24 minutes/15.5 miles – turn left out of MRFC. Go 7.8 miles and turn left onto Hwy 226. Go 4.6 miles. Turn left onto Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP). Go 300 feet and turn right to stay S on BRP. Go 3 miles and turn left towards High Ridge Rd. Go through stop signs and make a right onto 226-A. Destination will be on your left across from Post Office.

Old Hampton Store + BBQ – 22 minutes/14.6 miles – turn left out of MRFC. Go .7 miles and turn left onto NC-194 N. Go 4.2 miles and turn left onto Hwy 221-N. Go 9.3 miles. Turn right to stay on 221-N. Go .3 miles and turn left onto Ruffin St. Destination will be on left.