North Carolina is filled with abundant beauty, some of that beauty well-known, other more obscure. From architectural wonders, to secret hiking trails deep in the mountains, to your own private island, you’ll be simply enchanted by these 11 places and spaces in North Carolina.
1. Craggy Gardens and Pinnacle
Craggy Gardens seems straight from a fairytale. The trail and the overlook are both equally majestic and beautiful.
2. Lower Cascade Fall, Hanging Rock
Lower Cascade is a hidden gem of the Piedmont region. The curved rock-wall seems to tuck you away in your own, beautiful world. Hanging Rock is an exciting place to explore, but Lower Cascade can be your own little secret.
3. Castle Mont Rouge, Rougemont
Urban explorers will be simply enchanted by this abandoned yet beautiful castle hiding in the woods.
4. Körner’s Folly, Kernersville
Built in 1880 by Jule Gilmer Körner, this architectural wonder will leave you in awe.
5. UNCC Botanical Gardens
The beautiful gardens and greenhouse are both open to the public. You'll never guess you're right by the UNCC campus in this beautiful green haven.
6. Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, Claremont
Above Lyles Creek you'll find the beautiful Bunker Hill Covered Bridge. It is one of the last remaining covered bridges in North Carolina.
7. Church of the Frescoes, Glendale Springs
Local artist Ben Long used his artistic talent (and skills gained from an Italian internship) to paint these beautiful, amazing frescoes in his hometown. They're painted in the traditional Italian style on wet plaster. Ben Long now has work in the Smithsonian but these beautiful paintings give visitors a sense of peace and serenity.
8. Mt. LeConte, Great Smoky Mountains
As the third highest peak in The Great Smoky Mountains, this moderate-difficult 10 mile hike is worth the challenge. At the summit you'll find rare, wild plants - five of which are only found on Mt. LeConte.
9. Skinny Dip Falls, Canton
Skinny Dip Falls is nestled deep in the mountains, and reached by a large, skinny wooden bridge. It's the perfect place to take a secluded summer dip, which is how I assume it got its name. 😉
10. Hammocks Beach State Park
Take a 15-minute ferry ride to your own private beach.
11. Pink Beds Loops, Pisgah National Forest
This unique, high elevation but moderately flat trail loops for 5.1 miles through crystal clear brooks, breathtaking meadows, and woods overrun with the natural beauty of ferns.
Have you heard of these before? Any you would add to the list? Tell us in the comments!