Beat the Heat with Cool Adventures in the Mountains

Beat the Heat with Cool Adventures in the Mountains

A hike along Boone Fork Falls in Blowing Rock offers refreshing temperatures during summer

The middle of summer is not only the peak of travel season, it's also the peak of high temperatures in many places. The search for summer escapes leads many visitors to the North Carolina mountains where they can also escape from the heat. Several of our mountain towns, particularly in the High Country region, often boast temperatures 10 to 15 degrees cooler than you'll find throughout the South during summer.

Here are several cool adventures for you to explore in the mountains.

Hit the Rapids
North Carolina has more than 37,000 miles of river, and those that run through our mountains are known for having a thrilling number of whitewater rapids. Plan your whitewater rafting trip, where the waters are as cool as the views.

Whitewater river rafting


The Two-Wheeled Approach
As its name implies, North Carolina’s High Country offers plenty of opportunities for mountain biking. Discover acclaimed bike trails in Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Rocky Knob Park in Boone. And further west, you'll find world-class trails in Brevard and Transylvania County, considered the cycling capital of the South.

Biking in Dupont State Forest

Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority


Refresh and Repeat
Speaking of Transylvania County, while in the area you'll want to experience waterfalls - there are more than 250 of them here. Feeling the cool mist from a cascading waterfall, or outright jumping into a swimming hole, will surely refresh your mind, body and spirit. Please exercise caution and obey all rules and warnings posted near waterfalls. The rocks around waterfalls are often slippery, and the currents can be very strong.

Gorges State Park waterfall


Take a Hike
Whether it’s climbing peaks to test your skills, strolling paved trails to view colorful rhododendrons, or something in between to marvel at spectacular views, you’ll find a reason to lace up your boots and hike in the mountains. You can even plan a getaway around mountain hikes in Boone and Blowing Rock.

Grandfather Mountain hiking


Swinging in the Breeze
Forget the heat of summer amid cool breezes when you tee it up in the verdant mountains of North Carolina. Whether it’s a green guarded by boulders or a trout stream tumbling beside the fairway, mountain golf is at its peak here in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.

Linville Golf Club at Eseeola Lodge

The Eseeola Lodge


Explore Carl Sandburg's America
Even the staunchest adventure-seekers have to slow it down sometimes. Take a break from the action to explore some intriguing history at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock. Honoring the iconic poet and musician, this 264-acre site offers tours of his home, a working farm and hiking trails. Plus, the Sandburg Summer Stage performances take place Wednesdays through Saturdays, mid-June to mid-August at the park amphitheatre.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Make the most of your travels this season and discover the endless possibilities of summer in North Carolina.


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