North Carolina December 05, 2016
10 Places In North Carolina That Are Off The Beaten Path But Worth The Trip
North Carolina has plenty of beautiful places to explore that can be found down long, winding country roads. From amazing restaurants, one of a kind waterfalls, places to explore and even quaint towns – these ten might be a little off the beaten path but are totally worth the trip.
1. Croatan National Forest
Tucked away amidst coastal landscape you can witness beautiful salt marshes, thickets of forest and unique wildlife - even a Venus Fly Trap. Take the sections of the 100-mile Saltwater Trail that start near New Bern.
2. Bryson City
This small but quaint mountain town offers plenty of charm - boutique hotels, amazing restaurants, river views and also the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad where you can hop on board to explore uncharted areas of Western NC.
3. Washburn's General Store
Located off a long country road in Bostic, between Rutherfordton and Forest City, Washburn's General Store is the longest-run family owned business in North Carolina. Inside you'll find every knick knack and unique item you've ever imagined. You'll also see Ed Washburn, now owner, sitting and reading a newspaper; he'll be happy to have a chat and show you around the store.
4. Soco Falls
You'll find this stunning double waterfall between Maggie Valley and Cherokee. It can be accessed off Hwy 19, where you'll see a sign and a small parking area. A short walk takes you to an observation deck - or journey down to the falls for an up close look.
5. Mike's Farm
Located on an entire farm in Beaulaville, Mike's Farm is always beautifully decorated for the season and takes you a million miles away from it all. Best part? The restaurant, which serves fried chicken, mac and cheese, green beans, and biscuits that rival Grandma's cooking.
6. Pisgah Inn
At a stunning 5,000 ft, the Pisgah Inn is centered in the heart of the mountains. Each room offers a view and diners love going to the restaurant for gorgeous mountain views and great food.
7. Bald Head Island
If you want to leave the modern world behind, Bald Head Island is the perfect place to do just that. Take the ferry over to this beautiful island where you'll find not a car in sight. Walk to the sights or hop on a golf cart. You can't beat the simplicity here.
8. Juney Whank Falls
Located in Deep Creek, this lesser-known waterfall offers a stunning footbridge to get up close and personal. It can be accessed from the Juney Whank loop trail at the Deep Creek Entrance. The 90-ft. fall is named after Mr. Junaluska "Juney" Whank, who's rumored to be buried somewhere in the Deep Creek area, particularly near the fall.
9. North Carolina's Tunnel of Trees
Located in Lewisville, the one and only tunnel of trees in North Carolina can be found on Conrad Rd. Perfect anytime of year, you can't beat the country scenery - the tunnel of trees lasts a little over a fourth of a mile but the entire road offers beautiful views.
10. Pisgah Covered Bridge
In Asheboro, it's hard to believe such history and scenic beauty can be found down a small path. Built in 1911 and rebuilt 1998 after a flood nearly washed it away, the bridge crosses over the Little River. There are trails and pathways and even spots for a scenic picnic.
Have you visited any of these places or have any you want to add to the list?
For more ways to make the most of North Carolina – how about these ten drives down long, country roads.