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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.

Coston Farm & Apple House

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The Coston Farm offers pick-your-own apples and a large variety of pre-picked apples, plus all kinds of fall decorations, including pumpkins, gourds, corn shocks, hay and Indian corn. The bakery has fried apple pies, homemade apple pies, apple bread, homemade cookies, fresh cider, frozen cider slushies, apple butter, jams, jellies, and more.

3748 Chimney Rock Road
North Carolina, Hendersonville 28792

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North Carolina Arboretum

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The NC Arboretum is a 434-acre public garden offering a wealth of activities for families and kids of all ages. Located minutes from downtown Asheville, NC, the NC Arboretum has diverse flower and botanical exhibits, including one of the most renowned bonsai collections in the country. And its location on the Blue Ridge Parkway makes it a perfect gateway to some of the best hiking and mountain biking trails in the Asheville area.

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
North Carolina, Asheville 28806

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Justus Orchard

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Justus Orchard offers U-Pick/We-Pick apples, blackberries, and pumpkins, and has an on-site bakery with delicious homemade apple pies (with ice cream), donuts, and apple fritters, as well as caramel apples, apple cider slushies, hot apple cider and coffee. (Seasonal: August, September and October.)

187 Garren Rd
North Carolina, Hendersonville 28792

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Sugar Creek Gem Mine

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Sugar Creek Gem Mine promises facet grade gemstones in every bucket of ore, and you can have your gemstone finds cut and set into jewelry on location. The Sugar Creek staff will help you pick out the best gemstones for cutting and ensure that every cut gemstone is flawless. Whether you are in search of a faceted gemstone necklace, bracelet, ring or that perfect set of custom gemstone earrings, Sugar Creek Gem Mine will bring your rough gemstones to life.

3045 Tynecastle Hwy.
North Carolina, Banner Elk 28604

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Moses Cone Park (aka Mose Cone Manor and Flat Top Manor)

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Moses Cone Estate is a 13,000-sq. ft. house built by Moses H. Cone on 3,600 acres. It's located at milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The estate is managed by the National Park Service and has a Craft Center operated by the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild.

Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 292-295
North Carolina, Boone 28605

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McCormick Field

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Remodeled in 1992, McCormick Field is one of the oldest operating minor-league baseball parks in North America. McCormick Field is home to the Asheville Tourists, a Class A farm team of the Colorado Rockies.

30 Buchanan Place
North Carolina, Asheville 28802

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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.
North Carolina, Pisgah Forest 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
North Carolina, Asheville 28801

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Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

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Prospect for real gem stones that you can keep, including rubys, sapphires, emeralds, quartz crystals, citrine, amethyst, garnets, adventurine, sodalite, opal, fluorite, aquamarine and more.

2120 Brevard Road
North Carolina, Hendersonville 28739

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Wayehutta ATV Trail System

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Wayehutta is a 28-mile loop using old logging roads and rail beds. The trails are in the Roy Taylor Forest near Cullowhee, about a half-hour from downtown Bryson City. Elevation ranges from 2,500 to 4,500 feet. Check website for fees, restrictions and regulations.

Nantahala Ranger District, 90 Sloan Road
North Carolina, Franklin 28734

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