Mountains in the Southeastern United States

North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia's Cumberland Plateau, and Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia's Great Smoky Mountains are also part of the Appalachian chain of mountains that stretch from north to south along the eastern part of the United States.

North Georgia Mountains

The North Georgia Mountains are one of the top mountain destinations in the country. Family and budget friendly, there is much to see and do in the North Georgia Mountains, from festivals to dining, site seeing, and mountain culture. Thanks to the chambers of commerce in nearly every small township, families have an abundance of resources in the mountain community. Multiple state parks offer hiking trails, fishing, swimming, and areas for picnicking. Southern charm can be found in places like Alpine Helen, which offer guests everything from quaint shops to tubing down a nearby river. Places like Tallulah Gorge and Falls are huge attractions — only the mighty Grand Canyon is deeper in the United States. For more information visit: www.georgiastateparks.org.

LODGING IN THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS

  • Majestic Mountain Getaways specializes in family cabins and homes for mountain getaways. (www.majesticmountaingetaways.com)

  • Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa (Young Harris, Georgia), centrally located with several family-oriented programs and a Mountaineer's Club featuring specialized activities just for kids. No additional charge for kids staying with parents. Dorm-style lodging at this resort costs as little as $15 per night per person. (www.brasstownvalley.com)

  • Glen-Ella Springs Inn & Meeting Place (Clarkesville, Georgia), built in 1875 offering multiple mountain activities like whitewater rafting, horseback riding, biking, and hiking. Family night featuring surround-sound movies on a flat-screen television. Room charges include full hot breakfasts. (www.glenella.com)

  • Blue Ridge Mountains

    Spectacular vistas reveal themselves on a drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains on the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. Attractions like Grandfather Mountain, Tweetsie Railroad, and the Biltmore Estate are popular family destinations. Places like the Daniel Boone Inn, which serves authentic country mountain cuisine, are visited by multiple generations, as they introduce them to young family members year after year. North Carolina's waterfalls are a sight to behold; hundreds are nestled throughout the mountainous landscape. Native American villages, historical reenactments like award-winning “Unto These Hills,” and places like Chimney Rock and Blowing Rock are part of what makes these mountains so alluring. On the Virginia side of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Natural Bridge and the outdoor market in vibrant Roanoke are must-see spots, along with Mabry Mill, one of the most photographed sites along the historic road. Historic Floyd County is a haven for artists and musicians, and is one of the most popular stops on The Crooked Road's heritage music trail.

    LODGING IN THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS

  • Earthshine Mountain Lodge (Transylvania County, North Carolina) eighty-three-acre and nearly two-century-old farm with Little House on the Prairie— style lofts and on-site baby-sitters (www.earthshinemtnlodge.com)

  • Best Western (Downtown Asheville) affordable rates within walking distance to shops and a host of family-friendly restaurants (www.bestwestern.com)

  • High Hampton Inn (Cashiers, North Carolina) historic lodge with family-friendly meals, incredible on-site activities, and acres of grounds for families to explore (www.highhamptoninn.com)

  • Natural Bridge Hotel (Natural Bridge, Virginia) charming hotel and conference center a few miles from historic Lexington with easy access to the historic Natural Bridge just across the street (www.naturalbridgeva.com)

  • Hotel Roanoke (Roanoke, Virginia) Tudor-style historic hotel with multiple dining options, was the centerpiece of Roanoke in the 1800s (www.hotelroanoke.com)

  • Hotel Floyd (Floyd, Virginia) cozy, eco-friendly hotel built entirely from sustainable materials is inviting and within walking distance from the famed Floyd Country Store (www.hotelfloyd.com)

  • Great Smoky Mountains

    The Great Smoky Mountains are located along Tennessee, Virginia, and the most western tip of North Carolina. Otherwise known as “The Smokies,” according to Friends of The Smokies more visitors come to this mountain area annually than any other national park in America.

    The Great Smoky Mountains feature places like Gatlinburg, which offer dozens of restaurants, attractions like Dollywood, and the Fort Fun Family Entertainment Center.

    Rainy Day Fun

    Gatlinburg's Fort Fun Family Entertainment Center features rain-or-shine laser tag in a 2,700-square-foot lighted arena with music, and a 3-D special effects theater! For more information visit: www.smokymountainfun.com.

    Lookout Mountain (www.lookoutmountain.com) near Chattanooga, Tennessee, offers views of the Chattanooga Valley; tours of Rock City, America's deepest cave and largest underground waterfall, Ruby Falls; and the Incline Railway, the world's steepest passenger railway.

    Another popular mountain activity and lodging destination is the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) because of its driving proximity to Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. The NOC offers a canoe and kayak paddling school and world-class whitewater rafting on nine rivers, group programs, rope courses, fly fishing, hiking, and biking. (www.noc.com)

    LODGING IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

  • Gatlinburg Vacations, rustic cabins, hotel accommodations and multiple family and kids-stay-free specials (www.gatlinburg.com)

  • Great Smokies Vacation Rentals, near the Fontana Lake and Dam and Bryson City area (www.greatsmokies.com)

  • Carolina Mountain Vacations, fully equipped kitchens in privately owned cabins, personal advance arrival grocery shopping, no two alike (www.carolinamountainvacations.com)

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