Area Fun

Lake James and Pisgah National Forest

Water enthusiasts beware...you may really like this place. Public boat access, canoe and kayak launch points. Lake James offers up one of the prettiest lakes in the Carolinas, offering stunning views of Table Rock. Lake James is famous for being a filming location of “The Last of the Mohicans” and “The Hunt for the Red October” Approximately 15 minutes from Jellystone

Linville Caverns 

Experience the wonders that nature created on the “inside of a mountain”. Linville Caverns provides guided tours into Humpback Mountain take visitors along a smooth walkway beside an underground stream. Stalactites, stalagmites, a vast array of mineral colors, the “Bottomless Pool,” and a glimpse of total darkness are all part of this underground trip. Approximately 25 minutes from Jellystone

Linville Gorge  

This North Carolina Attraction is touted as “The Grand Canyon of North Carolina” Linville Gorge offers an average depth of 1,400 feet, and is a haven for both the beginner and experienced hiker. Linville Gorge is the home of the Peregrine Falcon, the world’s fastest animal Located off of 221 just minutes off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Approximately 30 minutes from Jellystone

Linville Falls 

This North Carolina Attraction is definitely worth the visit. Linville Falls is the most photographed waterfall in North Carolina. The falls move in several distinct steps, beginning in a twin set of upper falls, moving down a small gorge, and finally culminating in a high-volume 90-foot drop. Linville Falls has the highest volume of any waterfall on the Northern Edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Approximately 25 minutes from Jellystone.

Blue Ridge Parkway 

Experience “America’s Drive” only 20 minutes from Jellystone Park. Experience mountain meadows and seemingly endless vistas. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads and historic structures complement spectacular views of distant mountains and neighboring valleys. The entrance to the parkway is approximately 25 minutes from Jellystone 

Orchard Altapass

The Orchard offers up family fun by the bushels! While you tap your toes to our authentic mountain music, get served up fabulous ice cream and famous Orchard  fudge, made fresh by Miss Charlotte right in the Orchard shop. Children can watch the entire lifecycle ofMonarch Butterflies at our Butterfly Conservation Center as well as thousands of our busy tree pollinators in the the Orchard beehive. Approximately 40 minutes from Jellystone

Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure 

Chimney Rock is the natural fulfillment of your trip to the mountains. Take a deep breath of refreshing mountain air, become invigorated by our hiking trails, and let your cares fade away in the cool mists of Hickory Nut Falls. This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. The Park, located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, offers the best of the mountains in one place-spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, a variety of special events and much more. Approximately 45 minutes from Jellystone

Catawba River Greenway and Beanstalk Journey Zip-Lining 

Looking for a great place to bike without the worry of unmarked paths and trails? Catawba Greenway is a great destination for any family looking to do biking along the beautiful Catawba River. Offering wide-paved, bike paths along the Catawba, and only 20 minutes from Jellystone Park. Biking not enough to get you razzled? Come play in the sky at Beanstalk Journeys. The perfect blend of zip line tours and rope courses, navigate your way across 15 interconnected islands in the sky, experience the sky like never before. Approximately 20 minutes from Jellystone

Gem Mining 

Did you know Spruce Pine North Carolina is the Gem Mining capital of the United States? Even better it is only 30 minutes from Jellystone Park. Gem Mountain and the famous Emerald Village have both been featured by TLC and the Travel Channel respectively. The each promise a “Gem of a Day” 20-30 min drive from Jellystone

Biltmore Estate and Asheville NC 

On a short drive to Asheville, you'll find one of the most famous homes in the United States - Biltmore Estate.  Built in 1895 by George W. Vanderbilt, Biltmore is a 225 room French Renaissance Chateau.  It is the largest private home in America and contains many fine art treasures from all over the world. Beautiful landscaped grounds encompass over 8,000 acres. Want to stay longer? Visit the art galleries, tasty cuisine and antique galleries of Asheville North Carolina. Approximately 30 minutes from Jellystone

Grandfather Mountain (40-45 minute drive)

Experience vistas a mile above sea level on this North Carolina Attractions legendary Mile High Swinging Bridge. Grandfather Mountain towers 5,946 feet above northwest North Carolina, and offers 360-degree panoramic views of mountain ridge after mountain ridge retreating into the horizon. Nature Trails, Wildlife preserves, this place has it all. 

Wahoo Adventure Whitewater Rafting 

Voted two time outfitter of the year, raft the Watauga in style. Wahoo has consistently offered the highest quality whitewater rafting, canoeing, and tubing available. Located in Boone, NC. Need something a bit slower paced? They offer family rafting trips and lazy river floats as well!  Approximately 1 hour away

Other Things to do in North Carolina

  • Blowing Rock (40 minutes)
  • Little Switzerland (40 minutes)
  • Table Rock and the famous Brown Mountain Lights (40 minutes)

Our staff is excited to help plan your next vacation. “A million miles away is right around the corner TM    Call us at 828-652-7208 or email at[email protected]  Jellystone Park, offering camping near Lake James, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns, Chimney Rock, Asheville NC