Nature January 16, 2017
10 Perfect Places In North Carolina For People Who Hate Crowds
North Carolina is home to so many beautiful places, but with the abundant scenery and sights also comes the abundant crowd. The worst thing is when you finish a long hike and you’re trying to enjoy the view, yet you find yourself clamoring through the crowd and other hikers for one glimpse at that view. These ten places are the perfect escape in our beautiful state.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Cape Hatteras
While Cape Hatteras is a popular summer destination, miles of untouched seashore and places to explore make it the perfect, quaint getaway. The National Seashore is home to various wildlife and also allows those with four-wheel drive to cruise along the beach. Taking a drive to some uncharted spots allow for quiet solitude away from the world.
2. Lake Glenville
Lake Glenville is a gorgeous hidden reservoir. Located at 3,500 ft. above sea level, the beautiful lake is home to three waterfalls, crystal clear water, and lots of serene spots. You'll find it eight miles from Cashiers.
3. Roan Mountain
This small chain of mountains referred to as a masiff is home to grassy balds - AKA, wide open fields on top of a mountain. The views and scenery are stunning. It's traversed by more experienced hikers and also backpackers since the Appalachian Trail crosses several other trails. For a remote experience it's a great mountain destination.
4. Ocracoke Island
Due to its remote location - Ocracoke Island is only accessible by ferry, it's also been given the title of Most Remote Location in North Carolina, so you know here, you'll leave the world behind. The small island is home to gorgeous beaches, small shops and restaurants, the historic Ocracoke Lighthouse, as well as tideland and marsh forests.
5. Croatan National Forest
Home to 160,000 acres, Croatan National Forest is considered to be the only true coastal National Forest in the eastern US. You'll find beautiful pine forests, raised swamps, an assortment of various wildlife including black bears, birds, and even a Venus Fly Trap. The size of the forest takes you away from humanity and it's almost too easy to not encounter another human on your hike or exploration.
6. Grandfather Trail, Grandfather Mountain
If you're an experienced hiker not afraid to scale some ladders on your way to the top - the Grandfather Trail is perfect for you. It takes you to the top of the popular Grandfather Mountain, but you're going to be putting in a little effort and bravery along the way. Due to the difficulty of the trail, it stays relatively empty, but is a must have experience for the avid adventurer.
7. Mingo Falls
Mingo Falls is easily one of the most jaw dropping waterfalls you'll find in the Great Smoky Mountains. The remote location and 0.4 mile hike sometimes keeps the crowds away from this amazing 120 ft. waterfall.
8. Linville Gorge
Many just stop at Wiseman's Overlook for a glimpse at Linville Gorge. Lucky for you, Ranging from 1 mile to 11, Linville Gorge is home to dozens of hikes for each level. The mountains-to-sea trail also runs through the Gorge for those seeking a longer backpacking experience. Hike to Table Rock summit, Jonas Ridge, and Sitting Bear.
9. Hammocks Beach State Park
A 15-minute ferry ride takes you to the remote and beautiful Hammocks Beach State Park. Here, you'll find truly untouched coastline, forests to explore, as well as plenty of camping spots right on the beach.
Tucked away in the Outer Banks, Carova is a true paradise. Most of the beach is only accessible with four wheel drive - meaning, finding your own paradise is very easy. It's also home to gorgeous turquoise water and wild horses strolling along the beach. Talk about a utopia!
I can’t wait to get away for a day or two and leave the world behind! What about you? What are some of your favorite hidden destinations in state?
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