Great Road Trips from Charlotte

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Things To Do, Road Trips From Charlotte NC,

is first in a series of my families adventures here over the last 19 years.  We are “outdoor” types, so hiking, general exploring, rock climbing (limited by our children ) and a whole lot of out door adventures await.

Maggie Valley

West of Asheville,  Maggie Valley has  fun for just about everyone- hiking, fishing, rafting, swimming holes abound just east of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park along NC 19, and just west of Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest.  We’ve visited Maggie Valley in the spring, summer and fall, staying in rental cabins from 1 night to 3 nights.

One of our favorites is the Nantahala Outdoor Center, or NOC.  Arrive early, and watch the little 6-8 in deep creek turn into a frothing 25′ wide crekk/river  before your eyes as the water is turned on from Fontana Lake.   Rent a kayak and they’ll drop you off up stream on this child-friendly river.   We went with tow “older” boys- 10 and 12, and the two younger girls, one with each parent.  All wore life vests and were capable swimmers. Located in Bryson City.

Other family favorites include the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Tubing, panning for minerals at roadside stops – 3 year olds can do this! And you’ll always find something that amazes.

You can find just about any outdoor summer or winter sport here – and a ;lodge to go with it. Of course there is golf,  but also horseback riding, cross country skiing in the winter, too many hiking trails to count. Bikers usually mean motorcycle riders as many of the Maggie Valley roads offer some the most scenic bike rides in the east.

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Terry McDonald

Terry McDonald

I am the owner and operator of and was inspired to create this website when I moved my young family of 6 down to Charlotte from the northeast, now over 20 years ago. Charlotte quickly became home to us and I wanted to create a website that would help individuals and families considering a move to Charlotte. I'm also the owner of The McDonald Group at eXp Realty (my day job) and have helped hundreds of folks relocate to Charlotte over the years.

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