Appalachia, Blue Ridge and the Smokies: A Guide to North Carolina Mountain Getaways | News

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How far? Big Yellow Mountain is about four hours from Raleigh by car.

The Biltmore House: If you’re interested in taking a weekend getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, visit the historic George Washington Vanderbilt estate sitting on 8,000 acres near the mountains in Asheville. The house itself features original artwork by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent, and the house and gardens are particularly impressive during spring and Christmas. The estate has its own cellar. Info: biltmore.com

How far? Asheville is about four hours from Raleigh by car.

Chimney Rock: Chimney Rock State Park offers a summit with spectacular mountain scenery that requires pre-purchased admission tickets. There are different trails, ranging from the most suitable for children to the most difficult. Information: ncparks.gov/chimney-rock-state-park

How far? Chimney Rock is about four hours from Raleigh by car.

Devil’s Courthouse: “According to Cherokee legend, a mighty mountain giant named Judaculla danced and held court in an underground chamber beneath the rock. A strenuous half-mile trail takes visitors to the top of this legendary ballroom, where, on a clear day, sweeping views span across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee” , reads the National Park Service website. Information: nps.gov/places/devils-courthouse-overlook.htm

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