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Vacation home rentals in the Mountains of North Carolina

The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are known for such attractions as the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. There’s a lot more to explore in this vast region, from stunning waterfalls and ancient rivers to farm-to-table dining and craft brews. Vacation home rentals in the North Carolina Mountains put you within reach of all that this beautiful landscape has to offer.


Heritage near North Carolina Mountains vacation homes

The North Carolina Mountains are filled with interesting heritage sites, historic homes, and museums celebrating its past. Vacation homes are available near Asheville attractions like the Biltmore Estate, an 8,000-acre manor that was built by George Vanderbilt, and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, a historic home and museum that was once the childhood home of the famous author. Mingus Mill and the Mountain Farm Museum, both located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, showcase farm life in the past with demonstrations and antique artifacts.

Things to do

Best activities near North Carolina Mountains vacation homes

With vast parks, mountainous areas, waterfalls, historic sites, unique villages, and art galleries, there is a wide variety of activities near cabin rentals in the North Carolina Mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway, a National Parkway and All-American Road, offers a scenic ride to take in the expansive landscape and unique landmarks in the region. The North Carolina Mountains also have part of the Appalachian Trail, a scenic, historic footpath that extends from the state of Georgia to Maine. You can explore Asheville’s Best Gem Mine, a unique attraction that offers gem mining and exploration for kids and adults. The Fontana Dam, a hydroelectric dam on the Little Tennessee River, is a spectacular structure and historic landmark.


Sightseeing in and around North Carolina Mountains

Are you looking for attractions to see while you're in town? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes North Carolina Mountains a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Country Club of Asheville (3 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Grove Park Country Club (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Reems Creek Golf Club (3.9 mi / 6.3 km)
  • Western North Carolina Nature Center (4.8 mi / 7.7 km)
  • Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre (5 mi / 8 km)
  • New Belgium Brewing Company (5.7 mi / 9.2 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor fun near North Carolina Mountains cabin rentals

The diverse North Carolina Mountains are a natural playground for outdoor adventurers in all seasons. Winter in the mountains brings ideal snow conditions and weather for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, along with ice skating or ice fishing on the glass-like, frozen lakes. Hiking and climbing on challenging peaks are also popular in all seasons, whether you want to visit waterfalls or see colorful flowers and autumn foliage. In summer, visitors enjoy watersports, swimming, fishing, and boating on the warm lakes and rivers.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in North Carolina Mountains

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in North Carolina Mountains. These are a few of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Beaver Lake View Park (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Botanical Gardens at Asheville (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Aston Park (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (5.6 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Bent Creek Experimental Forest (11.1 mi / 17.9 km)
  • Robert Lake Park (11.2 mi / 17.9 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around North Carolina Mountains

Fly into Asheville, NC (AVL-Asheville Regional), the closest airport, located 14.7 mi (23.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Greenville, SC (GSP-Greenville-Spartanburg Intl.), which is 54.6 mi (87.8 km) away.

Getting around

Getting to your summer rental in North Carolina Mountains

The North Carolina Mountains region has several airports with shuttles to get you to and from the local vacation rentals. Once there, taxis, trains, buses, and rideshare services can get you to nearby areas and attractions, but if you prefer flexibility, you can rent a car to travel at your own pace and take in the scenery. Many areas of the North Carolina Mountains are walkable and bikeable as well, giving you a different perspective on the landscape.

Food and drink

Must-try foods in North Carolina Mountains

Corn bread, locally grown vegetables, biscuits and gravy, farm meats, and apple desserts are staples in the North Carolina Mountains region. Though the area has plenty of restaurants serving classic American and international cuisine, they share in the fresh-off-the-farm heritage that defines the region and influences recipes. Cabin rentals in the North Carolina Mountains are near everything from casual eats to fine dining, but you can also visit a local market to experience these regional flavors in your own recipes.

Where to stay around North Carolina Mountains?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 20,458 vacation rentals near North Carolina Mountains. From 10,712 Cabins to 10,712 Cottages, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the North Carolina Mountains area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in North Carolina Mountains?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North Carolina Mountains. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Pigeon Forge: 8,090 vacation rentals
  • Gatlinburg: 7,825 vacation rentals
  • Weaverville: 1,416 vacation rentals
  • Blue Ridge: 1,470 vacation rentals
  • Asheville: 2,128 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in North Carolina Mountains! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in North Carolina Mountains?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North Carolina Mountains:

  • Pigeon Forge: 8,090 rentals
  • Gatlinburg: 7,825 rentals
  • Weaverville: 1,416 rentals
  • Blue Ridge: 1,470 rentals
  • Asheville: 2,128 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to North Carolina Mountains?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in North Carolina Mountains are:

  • Gatlinburg, TN (GKT-Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge): 8,025 vacation rentals
  • Greenville, SC (GMU-Greenville Downtown): 207 vacation rentals
  • Asheville Regional Airport (AVL): 2,352 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in North Carolina Mountains?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in North Carolina Mountains. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dollywood: 7,220 rentals
  • Cades Cove: 6,863 rentals
  • Wild Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark: 8,043 rentals
  • Island at Pigeon Forge: 8,036 rentals
  • Fort Fun: 8,073 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North Carolina Mountains listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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