8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains route planner

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Sapphire
— 2 nights
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Brevard
— 2 nights
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Lake Lure
— 2 nights
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Linville
— 1 night
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Sapphire

— 2 nights
Sapphire is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): whizz through the canopy at Highlands Aerial Park, admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and finally explore the striking landscape at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along Horsepasture River and Nature Trails, admire the majestic nature at Gorges State Park, then admire the sheer force of Whitewater Falls, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapphire trip itinerary planner.

Mount Juliet to Sapphire is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Mount Juliet to Sapphire, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Sapphire sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brevard.

Things to do in Sapphire

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Brevard

— 2 nights
Brevard is a city in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States, with a population of 7,609 as of the 2010 Census. On the 5th (Mon), make a trip to Transylvania County Courthouse, admire the sheer force of Looking Glass Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Sliding Rock. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and then delve into the lush surroundings at DuPont State Recreational Forest.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brevard driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sapphire to Brevard takes an hour. In October in Brevard, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Brevard

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Lure

— 2 nights
Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then take in the history at Cowpens National Battlefield. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Lure, get great views at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, then take a tour by water with Lake Lure Tours, and finally snap pictures at Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Lure trip builder.

You can drive from Brevard to Lake Lure in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Lake Lure sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Linville.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Linville

— 1 night
Linville is a community centered just south of the US 221 and NC 105 intersection in Avery County, North Carolina. For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Linville holiday app.

Traveling by car from Lake Lure to Linville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Lake Lure in October, expect Linville to be slightly colder, temps between 64°F and 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Linville

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.