Finding all the coolest places to hangout in the city is always fun, but getting out into nature and really seeing more of this great state is the best way to catch some views. North Carolina has a bunch of hidden gems full of lush trees, waterfalls and trails ready for you to discover. To really find the cool places to go in North Carolina, you'll need to pack a backpack with snacks and head to these beautiful spots with breathtaking views. 

Elk River Falls

Price: Free

Address: 1 Golda Davis Lane Elk Park, NC 

Why You Need To Go: This quick 5-minute hike near Beech Mountain leads to a beautiful cascading 50-foot waterfall. You'll either want to get in the water or take bomb selfies next to it - both are solid plans TBH.


Oconaluftee Islands Park

Price: Free

Address: US-441, Cherokee, NC

Why You Need To Go: This park in Cherokee will truly give you Japanese vibes when you find this enchanting bamboo forest within. You'll never want to leave this super tranquil spot. 


Chimney Rock State Park 

Price: $17

Address:  431 Main St., Chimney Rock, NC

Why You Need To Go: This State Park has amazing rock formations you can hike to see our great state from 2,280 feet above sea level. About 25-minute trek up, but you're not going to want to miss these views. 


Deep Creek

Price: Free

Address: Directions

Why You Need To Go: This trail in the Smoky Mountains leads to three magical waterfalls and beautiful nature views, perfect for any season. To see these waterfalls, you'll want to take the properly named 2.4-mile trail, "Three Waterfalls Loop."


Graveyard Falls

Price: Free

Address: Blue Ridge Pkwy, Canton, NC 

Why You Need To Go: This short hike will take you to glimmering emerald pools of water and that are just breathtaking. You won't even believe you're still in NC.


Catawba Falls

Price: Free

Address: 3074 Catawba River Rd., Old Fort, NC 

Why You Need To Go: Catawba Falls Trail is about 26 miles outside of Asheville and definitely a spot with all the views. Be in the wilderness and lead to a waterfall that cascades over a 100-foot cliff.


Blue Ridge Parkway

Price: Free

Address: Blue Ridge Parkway, Blue Ridge, NC

Why You Need To Go: Take this 469-mile road that'll put you 6,053 feet in the sky. Talk about a bird's eye view. 


Carolina Thread Trail

Price: Free

Address: 1304 H.C. Nesbit Park Rd., Waxhaw, NC 

Why You Need To Go: Who doesn't love a suspension bridge? This terrifying (or exhilerating) 170-foot bridge is surrounded by trees in Waxhaw, NC. This bridge is so long it actually crosses into South Carolina. 


Linville Gorge Trail

Price: Free

Address: Blue Ridge Parkway, Mile Marker 316, Linville Falls, NC 

Why You Need To Go: This hike will take you high into the clouds so you can see just about everything. Amongst the greenery, you'll even come close to a 45-foot waterfall. 


Schoolhouse Falls, Little Green Mountain, Greenland Creek Falls Trails Loop

Price: Free

Address: Directions

Why You Need To Go: Adorably nicknamed "The Yosemite of the East," this nature trail leads explorers to an enchanting waterfall high amongst the clouds. The longest, and best trail for views, is 5.6 miles. 


Cape Lookout

Price: Free

Address: Cape Lookout Rd., Harkers Island, NC

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking to get away, this secluded beach is the perfect hideaway. This spot is only accessible by boat and has miles of beach for you to explore. Go swimming, search for seashells or just lay out and enjoy the Sun.


 

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