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.
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?
It varies. All areas have options from beginner to advanced.
How long should you plan on visiting the High Country?
If I lived far away, at least a couple of weeks. If within six hours, at least three to four days.
What attracted you to North Carolina or the High Country?
I grew up in North Carolina. My dad's family is from Johnson City, so I grew up visiting the mountains often. After college, I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail with my wife and afterward we decided to move to the mountains.
What is unique about the High Country?
Ecological diversity, culture, seasons, etc.
How do you plan or prepare for your outdoor activities?
Maps (Avenza and paper), talk to friends to get beta, websites.
What piece of gear is your must-have?
Water and sunscreen.
How do you practice the Leave No Trace principles?
Pack out everything, bury waste a safe distance from water sources and minimize footprint.
Best places for breakfast/lunch or dinner?
Where do you like to go after outdoor fun?
The river to cool off sore muscles.
Cool places to stay?
Free campsites in the national forest.
Other sites to see while in the High Country?
What is your can’t-miss experience in the High Country?
Roan Highlands and/or other parts of the Appalachian Trail.
Go during the week.
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.