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8 Towns to Visit in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Jul 10, 2020

Blue Ridge Mountain Communities To Visit

Blue Ridge Mountain communities have a distinct charm unlike any other. Surrounded by blue-toned panoramic vistas, these towns are home to some of the most rewarding mountain experiences in the Carolinas. From endless miles of hiking trails to local art shops to award-winning restaurants, these eight towns along the Blue Ridge Mountains make the perfect day-trip for anyone visiting the area.

1. Asheville, NC

First on the list is Asheville, North Carolina. Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, this eclectic city has a thriving art and music scene and provides decadent culinary experience for all who visit. Asheville is also home to the Biltmore Estate, the largest home in the United States. This estate has acres of well-kempt gardens, which take on a distinct form, depending on the season. During the fall, visitors will be able to witness the changing colors of the leaves to vibrant reds and deep oranges, while in the spring season, a variety of flowers are blossoming through the gardens. There are also vineyards for wine enthusiasts to tour, along with restaurants and cafes to taste the rich flavors of Southern cuisine. 

Nearby you will find parks for outdoor exploration, such as the Pisgah National Forest and Mt. Mitchell State Park. Here, you can enjoy hiking trails for discovering lakes and waterfalls, or stay overnight at campsites to get even closer to nature. 

2. Banner Elk, NC

Located in the Carolina High Country, Banner Elk is one of the most beloved Blue Ridge Mountain communities in North Carolina. With two of the South’s largest ski resorts, Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain, this is an ideal location for those who love to partake in winter sports. 

Banner Elk is also close to Grandfather Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Appalachian Mountains, providing breathtaking views as far as the eye can see. In town, there are delectable restaurants for any occasion. A favorite among residents and visitors alike is Artisanal. Here, you can dine in a historic barn that has been converted into a rustic restaurant. The menu includes contemporary American cuisine, made with the freshest local ingredients of the season.

3. Blowing Rock, NC

Named after North Carolina’s Oldest Travel Attraction, Blowing Rock, North Carolina is another beloved community. With restored historic buildings and large trees lining the streets, you will instantly feel its mountain charm. The village is great for shopping and dining or enjoying a drink at one of the many outdoor patios. 

There are a number of hiking trails, in varying difficulty levels, to explore some of the local waterfalls in the region. Silvervale Falls and Falls at Rough Ridge Overlook are easily accessible from downtown Blowing Rock. In the winter months, Blowing Rock is a great place to stay if you are looking to enjoy the slopes at Appalachian Ski Mountain, located just a few miles away.

4. Boone, NC

Home to Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina is an energetic town filled with the college spirit. It is also near the Appalachian Ski Mountain Resort where visitors can enjoy winter sports in the colder months. During the rest of the year, the resort offers a challenging downhill mountain biking experience. 

Because Boone is a larger town, there are a large number of restaurant options you must check out when you visit. A local favorite is The Gamekeeper, offering American cuisine made with the freshest organic and local ingredients. The menu changes depending on the season and is filled with wonderful vegetarian options to try. In addition to great dining options, local breweries, such as Booneshine Brewing Company, offer quality handcrafted beers.

5. Brevard, NC

Brevard, North Carolina has great connections to some of the state’s most magnificent waterfalls, such as Linville Falls and Whitewater Falls. This small town also makes a great place to stop for a bite to eat and explore unique shops. You can also appreciate the restored historic buildings in town that make you feel like you’ve taken a trip back in time. 

6. Clemson, SC

Another lively college town along the Blue Ridge is Clemson, South Carolina. Visitors can enjoy shopping and dining along Main Street, or find local ingredients at the Farmer’s Market to create your own Southern recipes back home. Clemson is also an artistic town where you can step into one of the various art galleries to admire local works of art. If you enjoy discovering new plants and flowers, visit the South Carolina Botanical Gardens located right on the Clemson University campus. 

Clemson is a great homebase for other attractions in the area. You can spend time on Lake Keowee or Lake Hartwell, or hike through serene forests and valleys while appreciating the mountain views of Upstate South Carolina. 

7. Greenville, SC

One of the most popular Blue Ridge Mountain communities is Greenville, SC. Known as one of the best places to raise a family, this town has tons of activities the whole family can enjoy. 

The local 26-acre park in downtown Greenville offers spectacular views of Reedy River, which runs right through the city. In addition, avid cyclists can enjoy both mountain trails and road paths to ride in the area. If you prefer having both feet on the ground, there are fun hiking trails, like Swamp Rabbit trail, where you can disconnect from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Greenville’s vibrant downtown boasts an abundance of critically acclaimed restaurants, Broadway shows at the Peace Center, and nationally recognized art and food festivals like Artisphere.

8. Hendersonville, NC

Known as the “Apple Capital of North Carolina,” Hendersonville is a great place to enjoy fresh local apples. You can visit a farm and pick them yourself, which is always an entertaining family activity. Another fun activity for kids is visiting a local gem mine. Here, they are able to learn about the process of mining and hunt for their own gemstones.  

Downtown Hendersonville is a pedestrian-friendly area with shops, outdoor patios, and many fine-dining options. It’s a town beloved by foodies who have a passion for exploring new restaurants. Nearby, at Dupont State Forest, there are endless miles of hiking trails to explore and a handful of waterfalls to enjoy. 

Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains

When you chose to call the Western Carolinas home, these eight charming towns are just a short distance away. Our three distinct regions at The Cliffs makes it easy to visit and discover the local art, fine-dining, and entertainment these towns have to offer. In our Asheville Region, downtown Asheville is only a 20 minute drive away, opening up a world of possibilities from live music to art shows. In The Mountain Region, residents are near both Hendersonville, NC and Greenville, SC and the natural beauty that characterizes these delightful towns. Our third region, The Lake Region, provides easy access to Clemson, SC so you can watch your local college game and be out on Lake Keowee for sunset. 

Contact us today to learn more about our available homesites for building your dream mountain home, or view estates, cottages and townhomes already on the market. Soon, you too can call The Cliffs home. 

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