Activities in North Carolina
Arts and Crafts Activities in North Carolina
There is a long history of artisans making beautiful art and crafts in Western North Carolina. The 11,000 year history of the Cherokee testifies to this fact. There are many arts and crafts activities in Western North Carolina that demonstrate our region's unique blend of ancient Cherokee and Scots-Irish history. Here are two examples of arts and crafts activities in North Carolina that highlight our area’s rich and unique cultural heritage:
- John C. Campbell Folk School: For hands on arts and crafts activities in North Carolina, consider taking a class at the world famous John C. Campbell folk school. Receive apprentice-style instruction in Blacksmithing, Quilting, Woodturning, Weaving, Knitting and more.
- Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc.: Learn about the arts and crafts traditions of the Eastern Cherokee. Bring home authentic Cherokee handcrafts such as basketry, pottery, wood and stone carving, and beadwork.
Outdoor Adventure Activities in North Carolina
The landscape of Western North Carolina is rich in mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes. These wonderful and wild places offer a wealth of unforgettable outdoor adventure activities in North Carolina. Here are just a few suggestions:
Hike or ride your mountain bike along any of our hundreds of miles of trails. Casual day-hikers, thrill seeking experts and everyone in between will find trails that seem made just for you. Outdoor activities in North Carolina will leave your heart pounding, if only from the awe inspiring beauty of our landscape.
- Ride "The Dragon" and live to tell the tale. For those adventurers with a need for speedier activities in North Carolina, motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts alike will love whipping along the 318 curves of this 11 mile section of mountain roadway, with breathtaking views.
- Get wet! See Waterfalls, or for more hands on outdoor activities in North Carolina, Go: Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking, Tubing, Fishing, Canoeing, or Boating with one of our local, talented outfitters.
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