Top Outdoor Activities in the Carolina Mountains
There’s something about the Carolina mountains that invites you to get outside and explore! From the blue-toned mountain tops offering panoramic vistas as far as the eye can see, to mature forests of native maple and oak trees, it’s no wonder outdoor enthusiasts come from all over the country to discover our neck of the woods. Continue reading to discover seven of the best outdoor activities to experience when in the mountains.
Home to some of the most visited state and national parks, forests, and protected wilderness areas in the country, the Carolina mountains have endless miles of hiking trails to explore. Every hike takes you on an adventure that highlights the spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, breath-taking waterfalls and the beauty of the natural landscape. Hiking is not only a great way to stay physically active, but it is good for your soul. Whether you’re a novice or a more experienced hiker looking for a challenge, there are unique trails for everyone to experience in the Carolina mountains.
2. Bird Watching
The Carolina’s have some of the best birdwatching areas in the nation! While you’re out on the trails, keep your eyes open for a variety of different species of birds that call the Carolina mountains home. Some of the most common bird species to see are Northern Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, Eastern Bluebirds, and even Red Tailed Hawks. Be sure to bring a pair of binoculars and a guide book to identify and learn more about the birds you see.
3. Mountain Biking
A more physically demanding outdoor activity to enjoy in the Carolina mountains is mountain biking. This thrilling sport is a great way to get a workout in, while allowing you to appreciate the natural elements that surround you. Similar to hiking, there are also varying levels of mountain biking trails, so be sure to choose one that is appropriate for your experience level.
4. Water Sports
If you’re looking for a way to cool off while spending time outdoors, consider water sports. In the Carolina mountains, the opportunities are endless! You can go for a swim at the base of a waterfall, or just get your toes wet in a crystal clear mountain lake. Swimming, boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding are all fun activities that make it easy to explore hidden coves along lake shores. Not to mention fishing in meandering mountain rivers and streams, offering one of the most relaxing and scenic outdoor activities the mountain region offers.
What better way to experience the outdoors than by living it! Today, going camping can be as rugged or as glamorous as you want it to be. So even if you’re not the outdoorsy type, you can still take part in this outdoor adventure. In the Carolina mountains, there are a number of unique campgrounds to visit. A few of our favorite campgrounds are located near Asheville, in the Pisgah National Forest. Some are nestled in lush valleys, while others are located along lake shores, providing double the outdoor fun!
6. Wine Tours
Not considered your typical outdoor activity, a wine tour is a wonderful way to spend more time outdoors, while tasting local wines. Mountain vineyards not only produce flavorful fruit, but have beautiful scenery to admire, too.
One of America’s most visited wineries is located at The Biltmore Estate. Here, you can take guided tours of the vineyards, facilities and taste some of their specialty wines. So go ahead and enjoy a glass, or two, while visiting one of the most beautiful homes in the country.
Other charming mountain vineyards and wineries to visit in both North and South Carolina include Banner Elk Winery, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Silver Fork Vineyard & Winery and Overmountain Vineyards.
7. Horseback Riding
Another entertaining outdoor activity all members of the family can partake in is horseback riding. Making your way through the mountains on horseback is a unique way to experience the natural elements. There are numerous riding trails that can take you through old farm fields and valleys of wildflowers, as well as acres of shady, wooded trails.
Mountain golf courses make an already splendid outdoor activity even more enjoyable. When designed well, these courses blend in with the natural landscape, all while accentuating the best mountain views in the area. In addition to the beautiful scenery, the Carolina mountains have a temperate climate, making it delightful to spend time on the courses throughout the entire year.
Outdoor Activities at The Cliffs
With so many outdoor activities to choose from, it can be hard to pick just one. Luckily at The Cliffs, you don’t have to! When you decide to call one of our seven premier residential communities home, all of the amenities the Carolina mountains have to offer are right in your backyard. Within our own gates are miles of private hiking and mountain biking trails, private lakefront beaches and vineyards, and access to horseback riding trails. It’s no wonder outdoor exploration is such a fundamental part of life at The Cliffs.
Each of our communities boast world-class golf courses, designed by some of the top golfers and architects the game has ever seen, wellness centers and clubhouse facilities, exclusively for members at The Cliffs. Here, members also have the opportunity to join private social clubs. These clubs open the door for members to pursue new interests and develop life-long friendships.
If you would like to take advantage of our club membership and facilities, you must first find your dream mountain home within The Cliffs. Some properties are located high on the mountain tops with views as far as the eye can see, while others are tucked along the shores of Lake Keowee.
If you don’t find a home that interests you, you can always build your custom luxury home with the help of our Preferred Builders. With years of experience building in the mountains, you can trust they will bring your vision to life, while providing the utmost attention to detail. Simply search online for available properties and find the perfect homesite at The Cliffs.
Ready to become a part of our community? Contact us today to speak with one of our team members to learn more.