Factoid: North Carolina boasts of the highest mountain peaks east of the Rockies.  Mt. Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi River at 6,684 feet. The Blue Ridge Mountains include the Eastern Continental Divide.

Western North Carolina Points Of Interest --- There are many great places to visit while traveling Western North Carolina. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, avid camper, hiker, or prefer the comforts of home while vacationing, WNC has an adventure waiting for you.  We're located right on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. So, if your planning a trip over the top, come visit us. Below are some of the best places we have found and a few facts about N.C..


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Facts About North Carolina



  1   The oldest town in the state is Bath, incorporated in 1705.
  2   On January 15, 1795, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the first state university to open its doors for students.
  3   The first silver mine in the country was the Silver Hill Mine, which opened in 1833 about 10 miles from Lexington.
  4   North Carolina was the site of the first known miniature golf course, located in Fayetteville.

In fact, since 1980 more than 400 motion pictures, Six network television series and thousands of commercials have been filmed.

  6   The first forestry school in the U.S. was established in Transylvania County by Dr. Carl A. Schenk in 1898.
  7   The first abbey cathedral created in the Western Hemisphere was Belmont Abbey, located in Belmont and established by a papal edict in 1910.
  8   Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.
  9   The Tar Heel State has more paved miles of road than any other state in the U.S. 78,000 miles.
10   The first state-supported institution to emphasize the performing arts was the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.
11   Millions of years ago, the area was home to 50-foot-long alligators, and huge megladon sharks roamed the waters.
12   The New River, which runs through Ashe County, is the oldest river in the country and second oldest in the world.
13   You'll find more than 120 species of trees in North Carolina -- more than you'll find from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean.
14   The state boasts of more than 200 waterfalls, including the highest on the East Coast: the 411-foot-high, two-tiered Whitewater Falls in Transylvania County.
15   North Carolina has 1,500 lakes 10 acres or more in size and 37,000 miles of fresh water streams.
16   There are more than 1.2 million acres of national forest land in the Tar Heel State.



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