Some of our most indelible impressions of North Carolina come from the advertisements that tempt us to explore everything that our state has to offer.
Mile-High Swinging Bridge
Written in Stone: North Carolina’s Rock Formations
According to Cherokee legend, when the Earth was created, the Great Buzzard flew low over the flat land, his beating wings sculpting mountains and valleys below. Today, science offers its own explanations for our state’s geological marvels.
8 Scenic Drives in the North Carolina Mountains
Need inspiration for your fall leaf-peeping trip? During a drive on these winding scenic byways — with plenty of stops for waterfalls, hikes, museums, delicious food, and gorgeous views along the way — the journey is the destination.
Protecting Wonder at Grandfather Mountain
North Carolina’s iconic mountain has been a place of wild beauty for hundreds of millions of years. The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is determined to keep it that way.
Swing Time: North Carolina’s Suspension Bridges
In Gorges State Park and other remote areas of our state, swinging suspension bridges — practically woven into the woods around them — transport hikers over rivers, across creeks, and into the past.
Escape to the Top of the World at Grandfather Mountain
When the neighborhood pool starts to feel like a bathtub and summer break’s novelty starts to wear away, cool mountain air and kid-friendly activities are restorative for the whole family.
16 Worlds to Explore at Grandfather Mountain
Discover hiking trails where you’ll wonder at magical forests, one-of-a-kind critters, panoramic views, and beautiful blooms.
The 1950s: Photographer Hugh Morton & Grandfather Mountain
One of our state’s most magnificent treasures was in danger of being overdeveloped. Instead, with a photographer’s passion for natural beauty, Grandfather Mountain’s new owner opens it to all.