|Things to see
||- Blowing Rock
- Blue Ridge Mountains
- See the swinging bridge at Grandfather Mountain
- Hike Grandfather Trail (for experienced hikers, the hike requires the
use of in-place cables and ladders; easier hikes also available.)
- Visit Tweetsie Railroad family amusement park (wild west theme;
authentic steam engine and three-mile train ride, ferris wheel, deer park,
cable cars, and more).
- Visit the Mast General Store
- Linville Caverns
- Go hiking and see the waterfalls
- Whitewater rafting
- Visit the "Horn in the West" outdoor theater
Boone offers lots of fun in every
season! Enjoy four modern ski resorts in winter, few people
and long-range views in spring, cool mountain breezes in summer,
world-famous leaf color in fall, scenic mountain beauty year round,
beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway views, and Boone is closer now on new 4-lane
US 421. For more information, call the Boone Convention Vistors
Bureau at 1-800-699-5097or visit www.VisitBooneNC.com.
Mountain lights - (just a little NC trivia!): From the WesternNC.com
website: "Brown Mountain lies in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Parkway with an elevation of only 2,600 feet. The Brown Mountain Lights of Burke County, near Morganton NC, have intrigued residents and visitors for hundreds of years. The lights are mentioned in local Native American mythology, and by Geraud de Brahm, a German engineer and the first white man to explore the region, in 1771. The lights have been described in many ways from being a glowing ball of fire, to being a bursting skyrocket, or a pale almost white light. The fact that they never seem the same is as fantastic as the lights themselves. At times they seem to drift slowly, fading and brightening and at other times they seem to whirl like pinwheels, then dart rapidly away.
. . . The lights can be seen from as far away as Blowing Rock or the old Yonahlosse Trail over Grandfather Mountain some fifteen miles from Brown Mountain. At some points closer to Brown Mountain the lights seem large, resembling balls of fire from a Roman candle. Sometimes they may rise to various heights and fade slowly. Others expand as they rise, then burst high in the air like an explosion without sound.
Brown Mountain is located in the Pisgah National Forest, in the Blue Ridge mountains of Western North Carolina.
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