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Family Activities in the Blue Ridge Mountains

There are an infinite number of attractions, annual events, fun activities and exciting things to see and do for the whole family in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Sliding Rock

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Sliding Rock is at milepost 412 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, take U.S. Highway 276 South for approximately eight miles. Description: A 60-ft, rock water slide in Pisgah Forest.

US-276
Pisgah Forest, North Carolina 28768

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Asheville's Salt Cave

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Asheville Salt Cave and Spa has a micro-climate that provides 45 minutes of total relaxation and a sense of well-being. Research has shown that salt caves have demonstrated an ability to shield the body from acne, allergies, arthritis, chronic ear and sinus infections, respiratory issues, and sleep related issues.

10-12 Eagle Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28801

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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

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The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad provides visitors a way to explore the mountains and enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and the southern Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina. This mountain vacationland is like a nature conservancy in which small towns, rushing rivers, and ancient mountains reside. And the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad tour is one of the most popular, family-fun things to do.

226 Everett Street
Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

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Fox Mountain Guides & Climbing School

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Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is AMGA accredited, offering rock climbing and ice climbing trips and guiding in North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and Georgia. Climbing classes and skills courses are available for all experience levels.

3228 Asheville Hwy.
Pisgah Forest, North Carolina 28768

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History at Hand

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History@Hand offers historic walking tours in Asheville. Four tours are available: Historic Downtown; The Family Store (history of Jewish businesses downtown); Montford Historic District; and Riverside Cemetery. Tours are by appointment only.

333 Montford Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28801

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Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine

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Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine has produced minerals of all kinds for prospectors, including Aquamarine, Emerald, Ruby, Garnet, Peridot, Quartz, Agate, Amethyst, and more. Children are fascinated, and attendants help by identifying, classifying, and educating them. The mine guarantees a gem find every time. All equipment is furnished and no experience necessary.

397 Main Street
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720

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WNC Nature Center

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The WNC Nature Center is situated on 42-acres near downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The center features indigenous wildlife and plant life of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering demonstrations, gardens, trails, indoor exhibits, farm animals and more.

75 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28805

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Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Inc.

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Qualla Arts & Craft Mutual offers authentic, handmade Cherokee arts and crafts, including weaponry, dramatic masks, wedding jugs, decorative beadwork, finger weaving, and wood and stone carving. Founded in 1946 to preserve and advance Cherokee arts and crafts, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. is the oldest and leading Native American Arts cooperative in the United States.

645 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, North Carolina 28719

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Grandad's Apples N' Such

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Grandad's Apple Orchard offers apples (pick your own, or in-store), a bakery (with delicious warm apple donuts, pies and more), pumpkins, a corn maze on a fun, 70-acre family farm in Hendersonville, North Carolina. (Seasonal: August, September and October.)

2951 Chimney Rock Rd
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28792

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Sky Top Orchard

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Sky Top Orchard offers 20 varieties of apples, both pick-your-own and already picked. They also have fresh apple cider, caramel apples, jams and jellies, pumpkins, gourds, and honey. In addition, Sky Top has an on-site picnic area, playground, hayrides, ponds with ducks and geese, and a 'barnyard' area with sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and more. (Seasonal: August, September and October.)

1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd
Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731

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