Everywhere you look in North Carolina, you’re sure to find beauty. Yet sometimes that beauty transcends into pure magic. Yes, North Carolina can seem like it’s plucked straight from a fairytale, especially in these fifteen locations.
1. Craggy Gardens
Craggy Gardens is like something out of a fairytale book. With beautiful trees twirling over the trails you'll love the hike but the view at the top is breathtaking. It offers one of the best views of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the state. Bonus: in June the rhododendron blooms add extra beauty.
2. Crabtree Falls
North Carolina has plenty of waterfalls to choose from, but Crabtree Falls is the one you'll be wanting to return to time and time again. It's just so enchanting!
3. Cape Lookout National Seashore
Between wild horses, lighthouses, and gorgeous blue water...Cape Lookout is a place filled with magic.
4. Linville Gorge and Falls
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Linville Gorge has been called the 'Grand Canyon of the East Coast' and it's certainly true. The view from Wiseman's is something that always manages to take your breath away. Linville Falls is worth the hike for that extra special perspective many don't see.
5. Biltmore Estate
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What is more fairytale than America's castle? Be sure to tour the gardens at spring for your very own Alice in Wonderland-like experience.
6. Outer Banks Scenic Byway
With the Pamlico Sound on one side and the Atlantic on the other...it's hard to believe something this beautiful exists in our home state, but it does!
7. Körner's Folly
This house in Kernersville is an architectural wonder. Doors are big then small, windows are tall and short, in one room you're treated to cathedral ceilings and the next you're ducking low. Nothing is quite what it seems here, but it reminds me of a home plucked straight from a favorite childhood book.
8. The Road to Nowhere
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Speaking of childhood books, the Road to Nowhere might be from a darker genre but that doesn't diminish its beauty or mystery. It starts in Bryson City and leads to a tunnel deep within the Smoky Mountains. Although it dead ends past the tunnel, it gives you breathtaking views of Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains.
9. Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock is classic Carolina but also offers one of the most spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
10. Grandfather Mountain
From a distance, the mountain eerily resembles an old man. At the top, you'll find a mile high swinging bridge that allows you to walk in the clouds. That's some magical stuff!
11. Linville Caverns
This active limestone cavern nestled deep underground is home to blind trout and fascinating formations.
12. Dry Falls
If you've ever wanted to walk beneath a waterfall, you have your chance at Dry Falls. This gorgeous waterfall has its own walkway beneath and is perfect for moments of solitude or even a romantic kiss.
Rodanthe is one of the last untouched locations on the Outer Banks and still brims with the original charm of this paradise. Although the Serendipity House has been moved from its former location, you'll still get a glimpse at nautical houses literally surrounded by waves and plopped in the ocean.
14. Mt. Mitchell
There's no way to not feel like you're living a fairytale when you stand atop the highest peak east of the Mississippi.
15. Kindred Spirit Mailbox
Located on Bird Island, this mailbox awaits your penned-out hopes and dreams. Proof that real life is sometimes more creative than fiction.
What did you think of our list? What are your favorite fairytale places in the state? Tell us in the comments!