3 Must-Visit North Carolina Mountain Towns
These mountain towns offer budget-friendly family fun
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The Moore Cove Falls are located in the Pisgah National Forest.
Photo by Simply Awesome Trips/Amy Ragsdale
Brevard is another charming mountain town filled with shops, restaurants and galleries specializing in art and antiques. It’s also home to DuPont State Recreation Forest and Triple Falls, where “The Hunger Games” was filmed.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for a unique, retro-style hotel, check out the recently renovated Sunset Motel on Brevard Street, just minutes from downtown.
You can’t beat the Davidson River Campground in Pisgah National Forest for its proximity to town. The campground is large, but fills up fast. Bring bikes to ride on the trail along the Davidson River.
Where to Play
Window shop along Main Street and enjoy Brevard’s relaxing downtown vibe. Don’t miss O.P. Taylor’s on Broad Street, which claims to be “the coolest toy store on the planet.” Browse through two floors loaded with toys for all ages, including retro toys, a large track where kids can race cars and a vast selection of Legos.
Hike to High Falls and Triple Falls and walk through a covered bridge in DuPont State Recreational Forest. These easy, short hikes are perfect for all ages.
Pack a picnic, relax and channel your inner Katniss from “The Hunger Games” at Triple Falls, where many of the movie’s scenes were filmed. Arrive early as these trails often become crowded on weekends.
Nearby Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest offer several hundred miles of single-track trails and fire roads (wider dirt roads) for biking. Stop by The Hub to rent a mountain bike and get the scoop on local trails.
Where to Eat
For a small town, Brevard offers something for everyone. Cedar Mountain Café, located near the entrance of DuPont National Forest, makes everything in-house and is a popular breakfast spot. Have a burger and milkshake at Rocky’s Grill and Soda Shop’s authentic 1950’s lunch counter.
Get your Southern food fix at Magpie Meat and Three, located at the Brevard Lumberyard on King Street. Kids’ menu options include one meat and one side, or a grilled cheese and one side. If you can, sit outdoors (by the fire pit when it’s cool) and play cornhole.
Oskar Blues Brewery on Industrial Drive offers a relaxing outdoor patio where burgers and tacos are served in the evenings from the on-site “chubwagon.” You can also schedule a free tour of the brewery.
Amy Ragsdale is a travel planner, wife and mom who loves scenic beauty and good food. See more of her suggestions for family-friendly places to stay, eat and play at simplyawesometrips.com.