North Carolina is full of beautiful scenery that varies greatly due to the massive diversity available as you travel from the beaches in the East to the Mountains in the West. Very few states offer up such a wide range of diverse destinations; many of which are only a few hours apart making it easy to hit multiple top spots in a single day trip. Of these great destinations, some offer up truly unique, even epic, photo opportunities. Whether it is just the angle of the picture or the fact that you are truly exposing yourself out on a ledge, these five destinations will provide the landscape for a unique perspective, fantastic view, and truly epic picture. The rest is up to you.
We also have videos for each location so that you can learn more details about each destination before planning your road trip.
On May 21st Chimney Rock State Park will celebrate 10 years of being a state park. They are celebrating with special events this weekend that include guided hikes, special exhibits and birthday cake. They are also offering discounted adult admission tickets if you donate a can or box of food at the ticket plaza. Tickets that are usually $15 will be $10 with the donation that will benefit the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach Food Pantry.
The visitors center building at the Wright Brothers National Memorial is getting an upgrade! It will be undergoing renovations until late summer/early fall 2018 to improve the building and to install brand new interactive exhibits. The main grounds of the memorial will remain open and a temporary facility has been setup near the parking lot. The park service is advising that due to the nature of the temporary facility, visitors will spend most of their time outdoors and should prepare and dress accordingly. The grounds at the memorial are open daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm.
On Saturday, May 20th, the Cradle of Forestry in America will be hosting a BioBlitz event at the Pink Beds Picnic Area. This free event starts at 7:00am and goes until 2:00pm. There will also be a guided night walk from 7:30pm – 10:00pm. During the event participants will have an opportunity to work along side scientists, professors, and other professionals taking photos and recording observations of the plant species that are found. Everyone is invited to attend regardless of your skill level. Pink Beds is a very beautiful section of the forest this time of the year so this is sure to be a popular event. Last year over 175 plant species were identified.
After being destroyed by the wildfire of November, 2016 that ravaged the area around Whitewater Falls, the US Forest Service has announced that the viewing area at the falls is being rebuilt and will be reopened by July 4th, 2017. Until then, this extremely popular area will remain temporarily closed while crews work to restore the facilities.
Updates can be found on the Forest Service website page for Whitewater Falls.