North Carolina is full of hidden gems – gorgeous scenery and trails to explore, hidden waterfalls, sites to see, and even a place to stay in the middle of the ocean. All you have to do is explore a little and (sometimes) go off the beaten path. These 10 places might have flown under your radar, but with temps rising, you’ll want to check them out immediately.
1. Roan Mountain
Hiking along the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina, you'll find Roan Mountain. Jane Bald (pictured above) offers breathtaking Blue Ridge views at the top.
2. Kindred Spirit Mailbox
On Bird Island, you'll find a mailbox awaiting your penned out hopes and dreams. Many people have written letters and placed them inside Kindred Spirit Mailbox.
Saluda is a quaint, small mountain town that is packed with charm. Not far away, you'll find plenty of adventure.
4. Körner's Folly
Located in Kernersville, Körner's Folly is an architectural wonder. Ceilings are low then high, doors are tall and short...the interior design is gorgeous and it's all breathtaking.
5. Treehouse Vineyards
North Carolina has plenty of beautiful vineyards, but what about one where you can rent your very own treehouse? Located in Monroe, Treehouse Vineyards is perfect for a weekend away from it all.
6. SOCO Falls
You'll find SOCO Falls off HWY 19 in Maggie Valley. It's a very hidden gem as no signs will direct you to the falls. But you'll find plenty of signs in the parking lot directing you to the beautiful, hidden falls.
7. Frying Pan Tower
If you've ever wanted to spend the night in the middle of the Atlantic (sans boat) enter Frying Pan Tower. It's a wildly unique B&B that operates 40 miles off the coast.
8. Hammocks Beach State Park
In just a short, 15 minute ferry ride, you'll find the gorgeous Hammocks Beach State Park. If you've ever dreamed of having a beach to yourself - you have your chance here.
9. Max Patch
A hike along the Appalachian Trail leads you to Max Patch. A large, grassy bald surrounded by 360 degree mountain views. The perfect place for a day trip or a weekend of camping.
Past Asheboro, you'll find Seagrove - a potters colony located among long, country roads. Potters have lived and worked here for years and years. Today you can visit their shops, purchase gorgeous pieces, and even learn the craft.
North Carolina has so many awesome places to explore, and these are just a few of the gems to find. Have you visited these places for? Any others you would add to the list?