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?
Best season to spend in NC?
Fall – it has perfect temperatures for climbing and hiking.
What level of experience is needed for outdoor activities?
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?
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?
Cool places to stay?
Other sites to see while in the High Country?
What is your can’t-miss experience in the High Country?
A studio tour at Earth to Sky Park.
Tuesday night at Hef’s – wings special!
This article was produced in partnership with Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce.