12 Magnificent Hidden Gems To Discover In North Carolina This Year
From the majestic, rugged mountains to the shimmering sea, North Carolina is jam-packed with extraordinary choices of attractions for residents and bushels of visitors from far and wide. Take a horseback ride, eat in a fancy restaurant, go whitewater rafting, or enjoy a hike — if you want it; it’s here. Read on for a list of 12 magnificent hidden gems to discover in the state this year.
1. Unforgettable Campground
Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area is located in the unforgettable Appalachian District of the Pisgah National Forest in Burnsville.
Bring your tent or RV as the campground has 31 sites for both.
Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area, 6000 NC-80, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
2. Exquisite Coffee Shop
Daphne’s is named after a kind and lovely resident of Littleton, the small town with the big heart. Get a serious cup of coffee here from the specially trained baristas
Daphne's Coffee Shop, 137 E South Main St, Littleton, NC 27850, USA
From Bigfoot gingerbread cookies laced in blue icing to muffins, and pastries, freshly baked deliciousness lives in this display case.
3. Forested Waterfall Hike
The Cat Gap Trail to John Rock Loop is a 4-1/2-mile moderately rated trail
in the Davidson River Recreational Area in Brevard.
Davidson River Recreational Area, Brevard, NC 28712, USA
The beautiful Cedar Rock Falls and Grogan Creek Falls are accessed by this hike.
4. Incredible Hometown Shopping
Brightleaf Square is comprised of sturdy brick buildings constructed in 1904 by the American Tobacco Company and the Duke family.
Brightleaf Court, Brightleaf Ct, Durham, NC 27713, USA
The interesting space holds offices, charming restaurants, and an eclectic choice of boutiques to peruse.
5. Epic Mountain Climbing and Whitewater Rafting
Edge of the World in Banner Elk is the perfect name as the experiences you will have here exercise your physical limitations climbing Little Lost Cove Cliffs, including lunch, guides, and all equipment.
Book a date now.
EDGE of the WORLD NC Whitewater Rafting, Rock Climbing and Rappelling, 394 Shawneehaw Ave S, Banner Elk, NC 28604, USA
Or how about a whitewater adventure down the scenic Watauga River? Yes, you can.
6. Beyond Delicious Restaurant
The award-winning, farm-to-table Heirloom Restaurant, in Belmont, offers a revolving seasonal menu.
Heirloom, 33 Glenway St, Belmont, NC 28012, USA
The winter vegetable salad brings roasted and pickled vegetables, quinoa, and chili-miso vinaigrette with fresh greens.
Or try the classic
east coast shrimp and grits with house-made creole sauce, and locally milled polenta.
7. A Creative Pottery Center
The National Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove, is an engaging place to discover the stories behind and enjoy the beauty of North Carolina’s world-class clay culture.
North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Ave, Seagrove, NC 27341, USA
Explore the first-rate exhibitions and educational opportunities offered here.
8. Out-Of-This-World Rock Collection
The ROCK Museum of Scotland Neck features a diverse collection of rocks, gems, minerals, and fossils, including dinosaur bones, collected from all over the world.
Rock Museum, 382 Main St, Scotland Neck, NC 27874, USA
Live demonstrations are offered throughout the week, inside and out, from rock cutting, polishing, and tumbling.
9. Absolutely Delicious Ice Cream
Artesana Ice Cream's made-from-scratch recipe is sweetened with honey or kabocha extract, and natural fruit.
Artesana Ice Cream, 76 S Main St, Marion, NC 28752, USA
The staff at this parlor whip up some scrumptious treats, such as this mega hot fudge cake.
10. Another Transformative Waterfall Hike
Secret Wall Falls is a moderately challenging 2.3-mile out-and-back trail in Marion takes about an hour to finish, but it's worth your time as you can see by the reaction of this traveler.
Old Nc 106, North Carolina, USA
And look what else is there.
11. Essential Horseback Riding
C&C Farm, in Louisburg, provides trail rides as another way to appreciate the outdoors. To schedule, call 919-630-7000.
If you have a group — no problem — up to 10 riders can go at once.
Private lessons, boarding, and birthday parties are also offered on 65 pastoral acres.
12. A Place To Call Home
Reserve your room
at the Brookside Mountain Mist Inn, a luxury bed and breakfast in Waynesville.
Brookside Mountain Mist Bed & Breakfast, 142 Country Club Dr, Waynesville, NC 28786, USA
The oversized guestrooms offer three-course gourmet breakfasts and breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Did at least one of these magnificent hidden gems get you packing your bags? If you visit one, please tell us about your experience in the comments below. And while you’re there, be sure to visit this
exciting indoor water park.
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