10 Amazing Natural Wonders in North Carolina
The ten most spectacular natural wonders in North Carolina
North Carolina is the 28th largest state in the United States and has a beautiful landscape that varies from the Outer Banks beaches along the Atlantic Ocean to Mount Mitchell, which is the highest mountain east of the Rocky Mountains in the western part of the state.
Throughout the state there are many natural wonders in North Carolina, and these are ten of the most amazing that visitors, vacationers and tourists love to visit every year.
Hope you enjoy the list and hope you can visit all 10 of these amazing natural wonders located in the Tar Heel state of North Carolina.
Pilot Mountain is a distinctive landmark and natural wonder in northwestern North Carolina that is known for having a cool looking 200-foot high bare rock walled Big Pinnacle on top of it. On top of the Big Pinnacle itself is vegetation, creating a unique look of bare exposed rock sandwiched between thick vegetation on top of a mountain.
Pilot Mountain is located in Pilot Mountain State Park just south of the town of Pilot Mountain and a little further south from Mount Airy, North Carolina, which is famous as the home of Andy Griffith. Both Mount Airy and Pilot Mountain were the basis for the fictional towns of Mayberry and Mount Pilot from the TV classic The Andy Griffith Show.
Located along the North Carolina coast on the Atlantic Ocean is the 200-mile-long string of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks. Due to the open expanse of beaches available here, the Outer Banks is a major tourist destination in North Carolina as well as a great natural scenic wonder.
At Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the Outer Banks, the Wright Brothers made aviation history with the first sustained, powered flight, and located on Cape Hatteras is the tallest lighthouse in the United States the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at 208 feet. At Jockey's Ridge along the Outer Banks is the largest sand dune on the east coast. The are plenty of places to camp and also seaside resort towns full of hotels and motels along the Outer Banks.
Located in northwestern North Carolina is the distinctive landmark natural wonder Stone Mountain. This huge dome of exposed granite rises some 600 feet above the forest below and can be seen for miles, and it is a popular place to hike and rock climb in North Carolina. Stone Mountain is located in Stone Mountain State Park in Traphill, North Carolina.
Chimney Rock is 315-foot high rock granite monolith that is a great natural wonder and huge tourist attraction located in western North Carolina about 30 miles southeast of Asheville. Tourists and visitors can ride to the top of Chimney Rock by elevator for fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and also to view the 404-foot high Hickory Nut Falls.
Chimney Rock is located in Chimney Rock State Park in the town of Chimney Rock, and the park offers great hiking trails and camping, or visitors can stay in the many hotels and motels located in the area. Scenes from The Last of the Mohicans movie were filmed at Chimney Rock.
Dry Falls is a beautiful 65-foot high waterfall located along Cullasaja River along US Highway 64 north of Highlands, North Carolina. What's cool about Dry Falls is that you can walk right underneath the falls and not get wet unless the flow is heavy.
Grandfather Mountain is a 5,946-foot high peak located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Near the top is a cool mile-high swinging bridge that is a very popular tourist attraction.
Linville Gorge the Grand Canyon of North Carolina
Located in the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina is the natural wonder Linville Gorge, which is often called the Grand Canyon of North Carolina. The gorge was carved out by the Linville River and the area offers great hiking, camping, hunting and fishing opportunities to outdoor enthusiasts and vacationers and mountain and rock climbing opportunities for more adventurous vacationers.
Located inside the Linville Gorge is the beautiful Linville Falls, which drops over a series of falls culminating in a spectacular 45-foot drop into the gorge. There are plenty of rustic motels, hotels, cabins and lodges in the area to accommodate tourists and vacationers.
Located in northern North Carolina about 30 miles north of Winston-Salem is the beautiful high rock outcropping natural wonder Hanging Rock. With an elevation of around 2,500 feet, Hanging Rock offers fantastic views of the surrounding North Carolina countryside to visitors and vacationers who hike the trails to the outcropping. Hanging Rock is located in Hanging Rock State Park, which offers camping, and there are also plenty of motels in the area to accommodate tourists and vacationers.
Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in the eastern United States at an elevation of 6,684 feet, and this natural wonder is located in western North Carolina just south of Burnsville and about 40 miles northeast of Asheville. Mount Mitchell is named for Professor Elisha Mitchell, who correctly measured the height of the mountain in 1835.
In 1857, one of Mitchell's students challenged his measurement of the mountain and Mitchell fell to his death on the mountain while trying to verify his earlier measurements, which were later verified by the United States Geological Survey. Mount Mitchell is located in Mount Mitchell State Park, which offers hiking and camping, and there are plenty of motels and cabins in the area for visitors, tourists and vacationers.
Looking Glass Falls
Looking Glass Falls is a beautiful, 60-foot high single plunge waterfall that is located off Highway 276 north of Brevard in Pisgah National Forest, not far from Sliding Rock in southwestern North Carolina. Looking Glass Falls is one of the best known and most visited waterfalls in the state and is a great natural wonder in North Carolina.