Western North Carolina

5 day itinerary for Western North Carolina

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Rock hounding

Gem mining


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Here's a suggested itinerary for 5 days in Western North Carolina that includes rock hounding, gem mining, and hiking:

Day 1: Arrival and Gem Mining

Day 2: Hiking and Rock Hounding

  • Start the day with a hike in Chimney Rock State Park. The park offers several trails of varying difficulty levels, including the popular Hickory Nut Falls Trail.
  • After the hike, head to the nearby Rumbling Bald Resort for some rock hounding. The resort has a large boulder field where you can search for unique rocks and minerals.
  • End the day with a relaxing soak in the hot tub at your accommodation.

Day 3: Waterfalls and Hiking

  • Drive to DuPont State Recreational Forest, which is known for its beautiful waterfalls. Hike to Triple Falls, High Falls, and Hooker Falls for stunning views.
  • After the hike, visit the Pisgah Forest Gem Mine to try your hand at gem mining again.
  • Enjoy dinner at the Pisgah Inn, which offers breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Day 4: More Hiking and Rock Hounding

Day 5: Departure

I hope this itinerary helps you plan your trip to Western North Carolina!

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