North Carolina Off The Beaten Path

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North Carolina Off The Beaten Path

  • Roanoke Island ( Outer Banks)

    Roanoke Island has a replica of one of the ships the early settlers came over here with and a lot of other historical things to look at.

  • Ocracoke Island - Go There!

    Suggest hitting the Carolina Outer Banks - drive down Highway 70 towards Morehead City and follow signs for Cedar Island Ferry. You want to camp for a few days on Ocracoke Island - awesome, safe, breezy. But you must book your ferry in advance to make sure you have a spot - not difficult at all. Inexpensive motels as well. I think you will really...

  • North Carolina State Parks

    By far, some of the most beautiful state parks in the country. One of the things I absolutely love about North Carolina State Parks is the fact that they are FREE!! YES! Some states require you to pay a fee to even enter the park; usually anywhere from $3 to $7 or more just to enter the park! Even though it's free to enter the park, you still have...

  • William B. Umstead State Park

    This is a state park located on US-70 between Raleigh and Durham. You would think that the hustle and bustle of Raleigh, Durham, and Reaearch Triangle Park there was no such thing as peace and quiet. Not true if you come to this place. Even though it's in the city limits, it's actually away from the downtown centers.I used to ride my bike on the...

  • Scenic Byways

    I hope to develop tips and/or travelogues covering our compelling Scenic Byways throughout my North Carolina pages as the months go by but in case, as I often do, you get tired of the race pace on the interstates before I get those pages developed, go to the website below to learn about more relaxed, slower-paced ways to see the true beauty of our...

  • Spruce Pine Gem Mining

    We went gem mining again , this time in Spruce Pine, on New Years Day. It was the only mine open. We lucked out, my son found a very nice Sapphire I am having made into a ring, I found a Emerald, and my daughter found several smaller Sapphires and a Garnet. The owner was very nice and explained a lot of details about mining and cutting gem stones...

  • Franklin - Gem Mining

    Gem mining is the major attraction in Franklin, just south of the Smokey Mountain Park. We went to Rose Creek Mine outside of town ( hard to find!) . They let you dig a bucket of dirt with gems out of a pile ( you are not actually IN the mine, they do the hard work for you!!) and then you get to wash it and look for gems. I found a beautiful Garnet...

  • Lake Waccamaw State Park

    Located approximately 4 miles from NC-214 is Lake Waccamaw State Park. Although Lake Waccamaw itself may not have much to offer, this state park is a must see. Number one, it's free to enter. Secondly, it's free to swim. Third, you can ride bikes down the off-road paths and wooden walkways. Fourth, there are a few campsites around for those of you...

  • North Carolina Beaches

    Some of the best surfing on the East Coast is here. Like stated before, North Carolina has the mountains, foothills, and beaches, nicknaming it "Variety Vacationland." Unfortunately, due to Hurricanes and other natural disasters, the beaches constantly have to be built up. In Kure Beach, there are jettys used to help build the beach back up...

  • cotten growing in North Carolina

    Cotten is a major agriculture crop in NC. There are many farms Located in the central and Eastern part of the state. The pics included here are on farms in the town I live in.

  • Mingo Falls

    Mingo Falls is a beautiful place , and is not on the "usual" tourist's place to visit. It is located about 10 miles north of Cherokee. A "must see" for lovers of scenic beauty. Be prepared to walk up 163 stairs to get to the falls, and, of course, 163 down.

  • Cherokee

    Cherokee is a tiny town at the base of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here you will find a museum, indian village and few other remnants of Native American life and attempts to preserve it. The remainder of the town is overun by rampant commercialism and sad attempts to exploit stereotypes images of Native Americans. And there's a casino too...

  • Chimney Rock Park

    This park is not so well known, but the 300 foot chimney and Hickory Nut Falls are fairly recognized sights. The privately run park is about a half hour south of Asheville and there's a steep entrance fee to get in. But its a fun place to hike and see some of great scenery, including Lake Lure which is nearby. For more information, feel free to...

  • Belhaven Memorial Museum

    North Carolina has its share of big important museums. I tend to prefer to go to the little out of the way ones.Eva Blount Way began her collection with a collection of buttons she inherited and she added to it until she had 80,000. I was particularly interested in the button collection because my grandmother also collected buttons.The museum also...

  • Zeke's Island

    This is a tiny island at the end of US Highway 421. At low tide, you can walk on the pathway shown here to the island and explore. Be warned, however, at high tide, you will be stuck and have to wait about 11 hours to get back, so be sure you plan your trip over accordingly.One additional note: The rocks on the path are very slick! Be sure you wear...

  • North Carolina Marshlands

    These areas you have to be careful in...number one, lots of alligators. Number two, they are protected. Carolina Beach State Park, where this was taken, has hiking trails that go through these marshlands, so they are more easily accessable.

  • wath the wildlife - birds, turtles,...

    There are plenty of great parks where one can completely forget about the urban life.. fantastic plants, circling hawks , not to mention all other little birds.. just a pity, they are so fast at running away. However, turtles are not so quick, so here a picture taken at my friends' pond at their cabin wich is somewhere one hour from Raleigh/Apex.

  • Sugarloaf

    This is an area that is truly off the beaten path. This area is called Sugarloaf because of the bright white sand found there. It is full of hills and some people even like to slide down the hills on a sled. It has much history due to it being a base camp for Confederate Forces during the American Civil War. A friend and I found an old bottle...

  • If you want privacy

    there aren't alot of hotels on this barrier island and you can get away from it all and just relax. Also there are about 4 great lighthouses here if you like old historic lighthouses then this is the best place to be.Now finally the best part if you have a 4x4 then the best part is the northern part of the island is completely undeveloped and the...

  • Sliding Rock

    If you travel through the mountains on a hot summer's day, you can go to this natural waterslide to cool off! It's called Sliding Rock, and it's very slippery and fun. There is a 7 foot pool below the rock. Located on U.S. 276 in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard.

  • Grandfather Mountain (NC)

    Enjoy the beautiful colors of Fall when you arrive upon Grandfather mountain (NC). As the early morning clouds lift on an October morning, brilliant fall foliage can be seen from Hwy. 105 near the Watauga and Avery County line. Very scenic tour.

  • Fontana Village

    Fontana Village-On beautiful Lake Fontana adjacent to Fontana Dam-open year round-offering lodge and cabin accommodations-campground, restaurant, village grill, general store, ice cream parlor, trails for cycling, marina, swimming pool, riding stables, mini-golf course, museum, and special events for guests. No matter the season, Historic Fontana...

  • Whitewater Falls

    One of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States with a total height of 411 ft.The falls are located on Whitewater creek in Jackson County very near the South Carolina state line.

  • Beaches aplenty

    North Carolina has miles of beautiful coastline and beautiful beaches. The photo was taken in South Carolina, at tourist-filled Myrtle Beach. If you like beaches lined with young people ready to party then this is a great place for you.

  • Grandfather Mountain, Boone

    The mountains of North Carolina are among the oldest in the world and provide a more subtle form of beauty than the mountains out West (e.g. Colorado). You'll find scenic views, great fall foliage, wildlife and warm, friendly people.

  • White water rafting

    In the greater Asheville area and throughout the mountain region, you'll find great rivers for white water rafting. The Nantahala River is one of the best. If you're interested, check out the website below.

  • Visit a small town

    Take the time and visit a small town. North Carolina is not all Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro, and Charlotte. If you think what was (at one time) good about America has completely disappeared, a small town in North Carolina is just a stone's throw from the fast lane.

  • Infinity's End

    Infinity's End, local head shop. Specializing in cool bongs, pipes, and accessories, t-shirts, incense, tobacco, unique decor and apperal. Independence Blvd, just past the Colliseum.

  • Lots of great disc golf in...

    Lots of great disc golf in this state. Raliegh's course in Cedar Hills Rotary park is particularly scenic.

  • Ft. Bragg in Fayetville is a...

    Ft. Bragg in Fayetville is a huge army base that is home to the 82nd Airborne Division, two Special Forces groups, US Army Special Operations Command, and Pope Airforce base

  • Smokie Mountains National Park

    Smokie Mountains National Park is located in part of North Carolina. This is one of the most visited parks in the US and is well worth a visit. The main headquarters are near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

  • Route 321 as you near...

    Route 321 as you near Lincolntown. Here they decided that wildflowers in the median was more attracted them just plain grass.



  • Here is a redneck swimming...

    Here is a redneck swimming pool. And yes, you can try this at home!.



  • For those that like to work...

    For those that like to work with their hands, and can be impressed with life size dinosaurs made of folded paper, I would recommend the Southeastern Origiami Festival held once every two years in the downtown Charlotte. Origami is the art of paper folding. The word is Japanese, meaning 'to fold' (oru) 'paper' (kami)....

  • From Sanford, where I lived,...

    From Sanford, where I lived, to Rockingham was about an hour drive. The big racing center was close to highway 1 there. My next door neighbor loved to go to the races. He took me there. We did not go to the races at all. We just stayed out side for one of the biggest and best tailgate parties you can imagine.

  • North Carolina Museum of Art...

    North Carolina Museum of Art was first art museum I ever visited in my life. I've gone to other art museums since then because I liked that one so well. It is located in western part of Raleigh. I don't remember the address but I recall it was not far from the fair grounds and that just next door there was a prison for women. I wondered if any of...

  • Visit the North Carolina State...

    Visit the North Carolina State Fair. Traffic was bad getting there but it was worth it. I had great time at the fair. Visited the fair grounds another time for an outdoor expo that was even better and much less crowded. The expo had exhibitions for almost any sport or activity one could do out of doors. It was a great idea. Manufacturers had their...

  • Visit the state zoo in...

    Visit the state zoo in Asheboro. I would go to the zoo in Ashboro on holidays when I was missing my family back in Kansas. The zoo was very nice but not very large back in 1986. All of the exhibits were of such a quality it was a pleasure to see the fine habitats the animals had to live in. Wish I could go back now and see how it has expanded.

  • North Carolina Museum of...

    North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is in a new home since I was last there. It is in Raleigh at 11 W. Jones Street. I like nature so this museum was a great one for me to visit. I remember it had a whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. Kind of neat to see just how huge a real whale could be.

  • North Carolina Museum of Life...

    North Carolina Museum of Life and Science is located on 70 acres of land in Durham on Murray street. I imagine some changes have taken place since my last visit was almost two decades ago. The museum itself had a great building full of science and space items. There was a kind of zoo across the road with a small train to ride. I rode the train...

  • Visit the 'House in the...

    Visit the 'House in the Horseshoe'. This plantation house was built in 1772 and was the former home of NC governor Benjamin Williams. Called House in the Horseshoe because it is located in a horseshoe bend of the river. The house was the site of a skirmish during the Revolutionary War. American Revolutionists led by colonel Alston were surrounded...

  • Another great place to see...

    Another great place to see wildlife is Cherokee, NC. You can opt to stay at one of many campgrounds, or at a hotel in the main town. The Pink Motel has both cabins and standard rooms. The rooms open out to view the running stream that passes behind the building.

  • For a spiritual getaway and...

    For a spiritual getaway and retreat, visit Montreat, NC. The Montreat Conference Center has year round events and environmental programs. Nestled in the woods, it's a beautiful place to unwind and view Mother Nature at her best.


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