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Spring and Summer Activities in the Mountains

Spring and summer activities — indoors and outdoors, for children and adults — abound in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. For your convenience we’ve compiled an extensive list of the best ones here. For both the young and the young at heart, there is everything from magical train rides through the mountains to wildlife tours on foot … and everything in between.

Fast and Fun Zip Lines and Canopy Tours

Zip lines in the Blue Ridge Mountains are incredibly popular and exciting, and some of the fastest and most thrilling zip lines in the nation are located right here in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Our list includes zip lines for all ages, with no experience required.

Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking, Tubing, and Canoeing in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and tubing are very popular, and can be enjoyed both rain or shine. You’ll find our extensive list of fun and exciting outdoor water sports and adventures here.

Fly Fishing Guides and Outfitters in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Professional fly fishing guides help both novices and experienced fishermen have more fun and catch more fish on beautiful public and private mountain streams, lakes and rivers.

Horseback and Trail Rides in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Guided horseback rides offer an opportunity to explore the mountains in a fun way, and it’s a great activity for families and couples.

Blue Ridge Mountain Hot Air Balloon Rides

For a totally unique perspective, view the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains from the air in a hot-air balloon.

Best Golf Courses in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

If you’re looking for a terrific golf experience, we’ve prepared a list of excellent mountain golf courses, all with challenging greens, beautiful layouts, scenic views, abundant wildlife, and great golf pros.

Grandfather Mountain Swinging Bridge Aerial Photo

Two of the most popular attractions are Grandfather Mountain with its lofty altitude, beautiful scenery, mile-high swinging bridge, environmental habitats for native wildlife, nature museum, restaurant, gift shop, hiking trails, picnic areas, naturalist programs and more. …and Chimney Rock Park, with its 400-ft.-high Hickory Nut Falls, nature trails, newly renovated elevator and Sky Lounge, guided hikes and rock climbing, workshops and many other special events.

Chimney Rock Park

Adults enjoy the many wineries, vineyards and craft beer breweries located near their inns and resorts. And some lodging facilities provide free transportation for guests.


Those who enjoy two-wheeled touring will find motorcycle rental firms listed here.

Motorcycle Rental Firms in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Adults enjoy art and craft galleries throughout the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.

Art and Craft Galleries in the Blue Ridge, Applachian, and Great Smoky Mountains

Day spas and shopping go hand in hand with vacations, so be sure to check out our lists.

Small Town Shops in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Every vacation deserves great food, so our list of restaurants in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains is guaranteed to wet your appetite and satisfy your palate, whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner, a hearty breakfast, a good lunch, or a fun family meal, you’ll find what you need here.

Maps of the Most Scenic Highways, Byways, and Mountain Roads

One of the most popular attractions in our area is the Blue Ridge Parkway and the many other scenic highways and byways. We’ve provided an extensive list of fun roads, with beautiful views and lots of curves and elevation changes. Clicking on each map will take you to an interactive Google map of the scenic road so you can zoom in or out, and get distances and other details. We’ve also created a list of live webcams, maps and other information for great rides in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

You’ll also find information on the best inns, resorts, and vacation rentals on our Accommodations page.

We hope you have a wonderful time this year in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

Blue Ridge Mountain Fall & Winter Activities

Blue Ridge Mountains Resort Webcams and Live Videos


To help you enjoy your trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains we’ve compiled a list of live video feeds along the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as Live Webcams at Blue Ridge Mountain resorts in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Fall leaves and foliage reports.


And for the latest reports on fall leaves, check out our Fall Foliage guide.

Blue Ridge Mountain Scenic Highways and Byways


You’ll find maps of the most scenic mountain roads, with lots of fun curves and elevation changes in our Best Mountain Roads guide.

Blue Ridge Parkway Maps and Information


For Blue Ridge Parkway mile-markers of rest-stops, hours of operation, Park rules and regulations, and an interactive map, visit our Blue Ridge Parkway guide.

Live Weather Reports and Road Closure Info


To help you have a safe mountain getaway, you’ll find the latest information on road closures and weather here.

Blue Ridge Mountain Luxury Lodging Accommodations


You’ll find extensive lodging info for the Blue Ridge Mountains in our Accommodations guide, from romantic and luxurious hotels and resorts to the most cozy bed and breakfast inns, lodges, and cabins.

Blue Ridge Mountain B&Bs, Inns, Cabin Rentals and Vacation Homes


Some have elegant rooms with magnificent views and gorgeous landscaping, private fireplaces and whirlpool baths. Most provide free coffee and wifi. Many offer afternoon wine & cheese tastings. All are clean and comfortable.

Blue Ridge Mountain Lodging - Cabins, Hotels, Inns, and Resorts

They’re all located within a short drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and many are pet friendly.

Blue Ridge Mountain Winter Activities and Attractions


Activities for children and adults abound in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find great ideas for fun and adventure, shopping and sightseeing on our Activities and Attractions guide, including an extensive list of ski resorts from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

Blue Ridge Mountain Restaurant Guide


Of course no getaway would be complete without good food and drink, so whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner, a great breakfast or lunch, you’ll find just what you need in our extensive Blue Ridge Mountains Dining guide.

Blue Ridge Mountain Microbreweries and Craft Beer Pubs


You’ll find a thorough list of micro breweries and pubs in our Craft Beer Breweries guide.

Blue Ridge Mountain Wineries and Vineyards


You’ll find the best Blue Ridge Mountain winemakers in our Wineries and Vineyards guide.

We hope you have a wonderful time in the mountains this winter!

Perfect 2-Hour Mountain Ride in the Spring

Spring View From Mountain Home in Hendersonville

I left early for a two-hour ride from my home in Hendersonville, NC, to Saluda and Chimney Rock, NC, and back home. It was a little hazy, but the view was still pretty nice from our neighborhood. I beat the hustle and bustle in downtown Hendersonville…

Spring Morning in Hendersonville North Carolina

There were lots of empty parking spaces, even in front of the Old Courthouse…

The Old Courthouse in Hendersonville is now a Museum

On my way to Saluda I stopped at a bridge on Rt. 176 and took a picture of the gorge…

View of Gorge Near Saluda, NC

In Saluda I had breakfast at Ward’s Grill on Main Street. If you’re hungry don’t miss it…

Outside Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC

It was still pretty early so I got the sidewalk all to myself…

Early Morning Outside Ward's Grill

And I beat the crowds inside, too…

Nostalgic Look Inside Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC

I ordered a healthy (no pancakes or grits) bacon-and-eggs breakfast and enjoyed every single bite…

Delicious Bacon and Eggs Breakfast at Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC

When I started out of town I drove by the popular Green River Adventures headquarters. They were already loading up for a fun time on the river…

Picture Outside the Green River Adventures Headquarters in Saluda, NC

Then I stopped in front of one of our favorite Saluda inns, where we’ve enjoyed some great dining experiences

Newman's Restaurant at the Orchard Inn, Saluda, NC

From Saluda I headed to Pearson’s Falls, and on the way stopped to smell the honeysuckle and enjoy the view…

Beautiful Views Near Saluda, NC

I got to Pearson’s Falls too early, so I snapped a quick picture and continued on…

Pearson's Falls Near Saluda and Tryon, NC

On my way to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock I rode down the mountain into the gorge via Green River Cove Road. It has over a dozen switchbacks that are much tighter than anything on the Tail of the Dragon. Here’s what it looks like on Google Maps…

Map of Switchbacks on Green River Cove Road near Saluda, NC

The Green River doesn’t look too rough so when it warms up I’m going to get an inner-tube and take a ride…

Views of the Green River Near Saluda, NC

There are several spots along the river to rent tubes…

Tube Rentals on the Green River Near Saluda, NC

There are some very nice views in this part of the country. You can even capture a nice amateur shot out the car window…

Nice View Near Saluda, NC

The beautiful views of Lake Lure never get old…

Beautiful View of Lake Lure

When I could see Chimney Rock Park in the distance I took a picture. I’ve outlined the actual “chimney” in red below…

The Chimney at Chimney Rock park from a distance

Here’s a close-up picture of the “chimney” and Lake Lure from inside the park…

The 'Chimney' at Chimney Rock Park From Above

Here’s another shot of the “chimney” from the entrance at Chimney Rock Park…

The entrance to Chimney Rock Park

Harley riders who visit Chimney Rock might find this interesting: the Asheville Harley Davidson dealer is opening up a new clothing and accessories store… right next door to the infamous “Heavenly Hoggs” on Main Street…

New Harley Davidson Store Next to Heavenly Hoggs in Chimney Rock, NC

You could easily turn my two-hour ride into a two-day ride (or even a two-week ride) if you have time, and enjoy the many activities and attractions along the way. Here’s an interactive Google map of the roads I took…

Interactive Google Map of 2-Hour Loop

Here are some links you might find helpful along your way: Hendersonville B&B’s, Hendersonville Hotels, Hendersonville Dining, and Hendersonville and Saluda Attractions; Saluda Lodging, Saluda Dining; Chimney Rock and Lake Lure Lodging, Dining, and Attractions.

And if you’re looking for some other great places to ride in the Blue Ridge Mountains, check out our Best Mountain Roads page.

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