8 days in Pisgah Forest, Charlotte & Bald Head Island Itinerary

8 days in Pisgah Forest, Charlotte & Bald Head Island Itinerary

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8 days in Pisgah Forest, Charlotte & Bald Head Island Itinerary

Start: Michigan City
Drive:  9​h
1
Pisgah Forest
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Bald Head Island
— 1 night
drive:  10​h 30​min
End: Michigan City

3
nights
Pisgah Forest

Pisgah Forest ©
Pisgah Forest is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Moore Cove Falls and Whitewater Falls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cradle of Forestry and Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Pisgah Forest: Silver Run Falls (in Cashiers), Gorges State Park (in Sapphire) and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards (in Hendersonville). There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Pearson's Falls and Glen, explore the striking landscape at Sliding Rock, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pisgah Forest travel site .

Michigan City to Pisgah Forest is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Michigan City to Pisgah Forest, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Michigan City in July, Pisgah Forest is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Pisgah Forest

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sapphire, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Silver Run Falls, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
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Gorges State Park ©
Gorges State Park
Whitewater Falls ©
Whitewater Falls
Pearson's Falls and Glen ©
Pearson's Falls and Glen

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Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Kings Mountain National Military Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Hendrick Motorsports Complex, then engage your brain at Carolina Raptor Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Crowders Mountain State Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip planner .

You can drive from Pisgah Forest to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Pisgah Forest in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Charlotte: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Bald Head Island.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kings Mountain National Military Park, Crowders Mountain State Park, Carolina Raptor Center
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Kings Mountain National Military Park ©
Crowders Mountain State Park ©
Crowders Mountain State Park
Carolina Raptor Center ©
Carolina Raptor Center

1
night
Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island ©
Bald Head Island, historically Smith Island, is a village located on the east side of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Kent Mitchell Nature Trail, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island, then enjoy the sea views from Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Smith Island Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bald Head Island online trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Charlotte to Bald Head Island. In July in Bald Head Island, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bald Head Island

Wildlife Parks Museums
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