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Family Summer Activities Western North CarolinaWestern North Carolina, the region of North Carolina that includes the Appalachian Mountains, is blessed with towering verdant mountains, lovely gentle valleys, flower-filled coves, virgin stands of untouched forest, crystal clear lakes and streams, and vibrant cities and towns. 

The mountains are generally separated into four distinct zones or regions. The Western Mountains, extending from Andrews and Murphy in the far western corner to Waynesville. 

The Central Mountains from Waynesville through Asheville to the Burnsville area, the Northern Mountains from Burnsville to Sparta, and the Foothills, extending along the full length of the mountains from Columbus to North Wilkesboro.

The major cities with populations over 10,000 are Asheville, Boone, Hendersonville, Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton, Newton, and Waynesville. 

Asheville is the hub city, home to the famous Biltmore Estate, America's largest private residence, and the major tourist attraction. The other major cultural attraction in Western North Carolina, in terms of visitors, is Harrah's Cherokee Casino, located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in the western part of the mountains.

Family Summer Activities Western North Carolina

Tourism is a major industry in western North Carolina. This region of the state is blessed with a multitude of recreational opportunities, cultural and historical sites, and scheduled fairs and events across the entire region.

The area includes the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest, the Great Smoky National Park, numerous state parks, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Cultural and historical sites include major sites such as Biltmore Estate and Cherokee Indian Reservation, plus a multitude of museums, art galleries, folk art centers, and music venues.

The summer is a great time to visit this region of the state because you can experience grand outdoor adventures, small-town festivals, and historical and cultural sites while experiencing the refreshing, cool mountain air that is in contrast to the higher temperatures in the low country.

There are a multitude of family summer activities across western North Carolina, and here are a few of the most popular throughout the region.

Family Summer Activities in Western North Carolina Counties

Included here is a list of the more popular sites to visit in each county in western North Carolina

  • Alleghany: Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring River Vineyards
  • Ashe: New River State Park, Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, Christmas in July Festival, Ashe County Cheese
  • Avery: Grandfather Mountain, Land of Oz, Linville Falls
  • Buncombe: Biltmore Estate, Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, North Carolina Arboretum
  • Burke: South Mountain State Park, McDowell House at Quaker Meadows Plantation
  • Caldwell: Blowing Rock, Fort Defiance, NC Blackberry Festival
  • Cherokee: Cherokee County Historical Museum, Fires Creek Recreational Area
  • Clay: Clay County Historical and Arts Museum
  • Graham: Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Graham County Heritage Festival
  • Haywood: Great Smoky National Park, Lake Junaluska. International Folklore festival
  • Henderson: Dupont State Forest, Hendersonville Train Depot, Western North Carolina Air Museum.
  • Jackson: Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Oconaluftee Indian Village, Western NC Fly Fishing Trail.
  • Macon: Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, Scottish Tartan Museum. Appalachian Heritage Festival
  • Madison: Appalachian Trail, Rainbow’s End Trout Pond
  • McDowell: Mountain Gateway Museum, Linville Caverns
  • Mitchell: Roan Mountain, Mineral and Gem Festival
  • Polk: Kidsenses Interactive Museum
  • Rutherford: Chimney Rock State Park, Lake Lure, Green River Plantation
  • Surry: Pilot Mountain State Park,
  • Swain: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 
  • Transylvania: Sliding Rock, Brevard Music Summer Festival
  • Watauga: Tweetsie Railroad, Horn in the West Outdoor Drama, Mystery Hill
  • Wilkes: Kerr Scot Reservoir, Whippoorwill Village
  • Yancy: Mount Mitchell State Park, Emerald Village

Western North Carolina offers a vacation paradise full of summer family activities, from small-town historical museums to wilderness trails, trout streams, outdoor historical dramas, and amusement parks where families can spend quality time together. Create wonderful memories for your family and plan a fun-filled adventure in one of the mountain counties. 

Emmanuel Lutheran School Summer Activities in Asheville, NC

Emmanuel Lutheran  School is located at 51 Wilburn Place, Asheville, NC 28806. The school offers a variety of summer camp opportunities in Asheville for children. If you live in Asheville and are looking for summer camp opportunities, Emmanuel Lutheran School may be the answer.

Through our Summer Rocks program, we offer nine summer day camps for children through the summer months.

  • Parks and Plunges: June 5-9
  • LEGO Camp: June 12-16
  • Tae Kwon Do: June 19-23
  • Cooking Camp: June 26-30
  • Sports of all Sports: July 3-7 (closed July 4)
  • High Touch-High Tech: July 10-14
  • Vacation Bible School: July 24-28
  • Sculpture Camp: July 31-Aug 4

If you wish for more information on these day camps through the summer in Asheville, NC, call the school office at  (828) 281-8182 or visit our website.