Visit the North Carolina High Country for Golf, Biking, Fishing & More

Outdoor NC has partnered with local tourism organizations across the state to help promote the protection of North Carolina’s stunning and diverse outdoor spaces by practicing the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. Here are some insider tips if you're visiting the High Country area.

Q&A host: Tim Kearns
Outdoor passion: Golf, mountain biking, fishing
Where in NC: Western North Carolina

Best places in the High Country to spend outdoors?

Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club, Paddy’s Creek, Toe River.

Best season to spend in NC?

Fall – it has perfect temperatures for climbing and hiking.

What level of experience is needed for outdoor activities?

All levels.

How long should you plan on visiting the High Country?

At least a week. 

What attracted you to North Carolina or the High Country?

The variety of things to do.

What is unique about the High Country?

We have it all: hike, bike, fish, golf, raft, swim.

How do you plan or prepare for your outdoor activities?

Make sure equipment is in working order.

What piece of gear is your must-have? 

Good sunglasses.

How do you practice the Leave No Trace principles? 

Always have a bag for trash, and bring back more than you take. 

Best places for breakfast/lunch or dinner? 


Where do you like to go after outdoor fun? 

Hef’s Restaurant.

Cool places to stay?

Richmond Inn.

Other sites to see while in the High Country? 

Linville Falls and Mount Mitchell.

What is your can’t-miss experience in the High Country? 

A studio tour at Earth to Sky Park.

Insider tip! 

Tuesday night at Hef’s – wings special!

This article was produced in partnership with Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce.

Visit Outdoor NC for additional tips on how to connect with nature and help preserve the natural beauty of our state, plus information on fishing and mountain biking

Updated September 16, 2021
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