The Highest Town East Of The Mississippi Is In North Carolina And There’s Loads To See And Do

North Carolina is a state of extremes, like having the largest zoo in the world, and bragging rights for the highest peak east of the Mississippi (Mount Mitchell). But not many people realize the Tar Heel State is also home to the highest town east of the Mississippi. The town may be small (only 321 year-round residents) but it’s loaded with things to see and do. Take a look:

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Whether you’re a leaf-peeper and more inclined to head to this mountain retreat in the fall, or you would enjoy all four seasons on top of eastern America’s Highest Town, Beech Mountain has loads to see and do. So when can you plan a trip?

For a nearby attraction to add to the agenda, the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge on top of Grandfather Mountain is less than 30 miles away.