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Mountain Climbing
on Whiteside Mountain

Mountain Climbing

The mountains of Western North Carolina offer a wealth of climbing opportunities. Rock cliffs, outcroppings, and slopes are in abundance and each year many professional and amateur climbers visit our area to test their skills -- and risk their lives.

There is an abundance of places to climb including in Pisgah National Forest; including Cedar Rock and Looking Glass Rock. Pisgah National Forest has a multitude of amazing rock climbing areas and draws climbers from every level year round. One popular location is Whiteside Mountain near Cashiers.

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Looking Glass Falls
Pisgah Forest

Pisgah National Forest is located near Brevard, NC on Hwy 276. Pisgah National Forest is over 500,000 acres and is primarily a hardwood forest. 

Pisgah offers many recreational activites ranging from waterfall viewing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, wading, swimming and fishing. Note, however, that the water in the mountain streams is cold. At one location in the forest you will find a fish hachery for mountain trout.

The magnificient Looking Glass Falls is located on the main highway, Hwy 276, and no hiking is required to see this beautiful waterfall.

Pisgah National Forest is also home of the Cradle of Forestry in America. The facility is opened from 13 April, 2013 through 19 Oct. 2013. Forestry in the United States began at the Pisgah National Forest and George Vanderbilt, who built the Biltmore house and owned many, many, acres was an initial promoter of forestry.

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People in kayak on Nantahala River at NOC. Water Sports

Whether you enjoy rafting, boating, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, or swimming -- Brevard is the place to be. You can go water sliding at Sliding Rock. You can go swimming at Hooker Falls, Lake Dense, and Fawn Lake in Dupont Forest. You can go tubing, canoeing, kayaking, or rafting down the French Board River or Davidson River.

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WNC Nature Center

WNC Nature Center

WNC Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Road
AshevilleNC  28805
(828) 298-5600
Hours:
Daily 10:00a - 5:00p

WNC Nature Center is home to over 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red wolves and cougars. Owned by the City of Asheville, the WNC Nature Center is dedicated to connecting people with animals and plants of the Southern Appalachians.