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Choose your own adventure in the High Country of North Carolina

Hikes

Flat Top Tower, Moses Cone Carriage Trails

MacCrae Peak, Grandfather Mountain

Hebron Rock Colony Falls

Tanawha Trail, 13.5 miles

Culture/Recreation

Merlefest

Ben Long’s Ashe County Frescoes, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Glendale Springs and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in West Jefferson, the churches are open 24 hours a day for meditation

App State Football

Rock Dimensions, rock climbing in Pisgah National Forest

Tweetsie’s 4th of July Fireworks, watch for free from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Ziplining at Hawksnest

Educational

Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine

ASU Dark Sky Observatory

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, including the Viaduct

Visit the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, enjoy a bottled drink on the back porch

In the know

Identify Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel, taste Sourwood honey, and find out what rime ice and ramps are.

North Carolina has more than 60 species of salamanders, more than any other state. Catch a salamander. Learn what a hellbender is.

Best place to camp

Camp at Julian Price Campground

Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.