Winter is the season for hibernation. Bears do it and we probably wouldn’t mind crawling in a hole and sleeping through the cold dark days either. But winter doesn’t have be all glum…there’s plenty of beautiful things to see and do in our state during this season, you might just have to bundle up a bit!
1. Dry Falls
During the summer, Dry Falls is simply majestic. You can walk beneath the waterfall feel relaxed by the sounds of washing water. Come winter, it transforms into something out of this world. Sometimes, the whole fall will freeze. It's a great place for some unique pictures.
2. Hawksnest at Seven Devils
Hawksnest is one of the best tubing destinations in the East. They also offer a year-round zipline.
3. The Outer Banks
The Outer Banks seems to always be crowded in the summer and even spring and fall. During the winter, the OBX transforms into a tranquil, quiet, beautiful place miles and miles away from it all. A perfect way to explore all the sights while also getting some RnR.
4. One of our many ski resorts.
Everyone has their favorite (mine being Beech) but if you prepare around the right conditions, you can get some seriously awesome winter sports in.
5. Ice climbing anyone?
Maybe you're craving some serious adventure this winter, that's where ice climbing comes in. North Carolina has been considered to have some of the best conditions for this sport in the South. If you're not sure where to start you can take classes through
Fox Mountain Guides & Climbing School.
6. Crowders Mountain
South of Charlotte you'll find Crowders Mountain. An awesome place to hike, catch some views, and explore nature. Luckily, Charlotte has fairly mild winters, making this a great year-round option for getting in a hike and getting in some fresh air.
7. Pilot Mountain
If you want to get away from it all, even without a lengthy hike, Pilot Mountain is the perfect option because you can drive to the top. I've been to Pilot Mountain on frigid February days and captured some surreal beauty on camera of icicles adorning trees and rocks. Located not far from Winston, it's a great option for those oddly warm Saturday or Sundays we will surely have.
8. Hanging Rock State Park
Another great, central option for a warm winter day is Hanging Rock State Park. You'll find plenty of trails, waterfalls, and breathtaking overlooks.
9. Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach
Winter is a great time to explore the charming town of Wilmington, minus the usual Summer crowd. You can also spend a day to yourself along the coast. We don't mind waking up at 6AM to drive to the beach during the summer...but it's also totally worth it during the winter too!
10. A drive through the Western region of the state to get a glimpse at snow-covered trees.
Obviously if conditions allow, but large ice glaciers hanging off rocks (sometimes right beside the highway) and miles of trees with branches covered in snow are such a magical sight to see.
Have you been to any of these spots in the winter? Which is your favorite? Tell us about it in the comments.