Danny Bernstein

Roan Mountain goats

Julie Judkins photo

The Roan Mountains provide some of the most beautiful vistas and abundant wildflowers in all the Southern Appalachians. more

Mountain Explorer

Moses Cone manor

Ben Blair photo

Atop of Rich Mountain where the 360-degree view includes Grandfather and Beech Mountains, you are at the peak of a private world that textile baron Moses Cone created more than a century ago. more


Outdoor outfitters

Danny Bernstein photos

The Smoky Mountains offer great opportunities for hiking — even in the winter months. You probably won’t ever need ice axes, crampons or snowshoes, but it’s still a good idea to keep yourself bundled up comfortably on those cold days and nights. more

Mountain Explorer

Scaly Mountain

Danny Bernstein photo

The sheer cliffs of Whiteside Mountain, between Highlands and Cashiers, rise 2,000 feet above the Chattooga River valley. But you only have to climb 600 feet on Whiteside Mountain for grand views and a good introduction to hiking in the Highlands. more

Mountain Explorer

Cherohala view

N.C. Department of tourism and sports development photo

The road has been compared to the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it’s less traveled than the Parkway and the views show no signs of civilization. It winds through mountainous forest to almost 5,400 feet in elevation and descending to less than 900 feet. more