North Carolina Attractions

Albemarle

Albemarle Located in center of the State of Carolina of the North between natural vineyards and places. Albemarle, NC, gets 47 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 4 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 101. Population: 15,414 Pop. Change: -2%State: North Carolina...

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Fishing Areas in Burke County

Broughton Pond Public Fishing Area (PFA), Morganton How To Go: From I-40 take U.S. 64 south for 0.8 mile; turn left on S.R. 1949 (Salem Road). Go one mile; turn left on S.R. 1956 (Burkemont Road). Go one mile; turn left on S.R. 2002; go 1.1 mile to the end of the road. State prison facilities are on the left. Turn right on a gravel road, which is the...

Magic Wings Butterfly House and Bayer CropScience Insectarium

Magic Wings Butterfly House and Bayer CropScience Insectarium The Museum of Life and Science is a regional science and technology center. It is the largest museum butterfly house east of the Mississippi. The three-story-tall, tropical conservatory features rare and enchanting species of butterflies from Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. The conservatory includes beds of exotic flowers, a flowering meadow,...

State & National Park

State & Local Park The mountains of North Carolina are one of the most spectacular sights in our vast, diverse country. The Blue Ridge draw more and more visitors each year, and have become an annual destination for those seeking to reacquaint themselves with nature, tranquility and relaxation. STATE & NATIONAL PARKS Mount Jefferson State Park GPS coordinates: 36.397660...

Day Trips

Driving along the main roads of the High Country can provide the sightseer with many opportunities for photographs or simply to pull the car over and take in the view. There are few areas in the United States as picturesque as the High Country and all you need to do to prove it to yourself is get in the car and follow a road. Some roads are less traveled...

Fishing Areas in Craven County

Brice’s Creek Public Fishing Area (PFA), New Bern How To Go: From U.S. 70 east, approximately 1 mile east of the U.S. 17 and 70 bridges crossing the Neuse and Trent rivers in New Bern; turn right on S.R. 1167 (Williams Road). Go approximately 1.5 mile; turn left on S.R. 1004 (Madame Moore’s Lane). Go 1.5 mile; turn left on S.R. 1143 (Perrytown Road). Go 1.3...

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)

In 1883, George Washington Vanderbilt began buying land near Asheville and soon afterward began building famed Biltmore House. At one time, the Biltmore Estate included over 100,000 acres. When George Vanderbilt died in 1914, it became part of Pisgah National Forest; Wild turkeys and deer wander there to this day. In 1963, in the early, heady days of the...

Mountain Railroad Memories

Mountain Railroad Memories Sometimes you can almost hear the lonesome steam whistle, echoing through the mountains. Mountain railroading is almost a thing of the past. The glory days of the railroads here ended almost a generation ago, but the memories - and the traces still remain. Three railroads dominated the mountain scene from the turn of the century on. To the north, the...

Wildflowers

WILD FLOWERS Nature's Gift To The High Country The curtain is rising on one of nature's most spectacular annual shows: "Wildflowers," are now appearing in a field near you and will continue to do so into late Autumn. The High Country's woodlands, mountains and roadsides are bursting forth in bloom as some of nature's most sought after attractions return from their cold...

Innocence And Experience - Jeni Gray, Daniel Lee Bring Reality To Watauga County

As residents of our peaceful mountains ponder the common occurrance of deaths in larger cities, we can consider the murder that for many brought the woes of the world right onto our doorstep.Jeni Gray. On September 26, 1989, Jeni Gray, age 27, a popular reporter for the Appalachian State News Bureau, went out for a walk in downtown Boone before planning to...

Great Spelunking

Great Spelunking Get Inside A Mountain If it's raining outside and your outdoor adventure plans seem all washed out, don't despair. Underneath the mountains, weather is always the same. Of all the outdoor adventures available in the North Carolina mountains, the least known is the subtle sport of spelunking - better known as caving. The Southeast is full of caves, mostly on...

Fishing Areas in Buncombe County

French Broad River Park Public Fishing Area (PFA), Asheville River Link, Phone: (828) 252-8474 Asheville Parks & Recreation Department, Phone: (828) 259-5800 How To Go: From Asheville, take I-40 to exit 50 at Biltmore. Go north on Hendersonville Highway/Biltmore Avenue 0.8 mile. Turn left on Alexander Ashe Buncombe Meadow Road (fourth light). Go west...

Fishing Areas in Cabarrus County

Frank Liske Park CFP, Concord Cabarrus County Parks and Recreation Department, Phone: (704) 920-2700 How To Go: From the intersection of U.S. 601 and N.C. 49 near Concord, take N.C. 49 south toward Charlotte. Go 3.9 miles; turn right on S.R. 1309 (Stough Road). Go 1.3 mile and turn right into the park entrance. Go 0.3 mile; take the second paved road to...

Jefferson and West Jefferson

Jefferson and West Jefferson The twin cities of Jefferson and West Jefferson lie in the center of Ashe County. They are classic small towns, with warm, friendly people - and there's always a place to park. Jefferson was the first to be founded, and is the oldest incorporated town in the High Country. It started in 1800 as the county seat for Ashe, which the General Assembly formed the...

Community Information: Oak Ridge

Community Information: Oak Ridge Oak Ridge, incorporated in 1998, has grown from an agricultural area to a bedroom community; it’s over 5,000 residents, many of whom live in developments on former family farms, primarily work in the nearby cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. Like other northwest-area towns. Oak Ridge is rich is history. It was aptly named for the stately...