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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Nature
“Beautiful place. A local hillbilly young guy gave the tour all three times I went. Enjoy his charming accent & demeanor. Not far from Linville Falls. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Winery
“Plenty of room to enjoy wine with great views. If you happen to be there in the winter sunset is breathtaking. Bring the kids! Lots of room to run around outdoors. The wine is really good! They sell cheese & crackers and even gave gluten free options. Locally made goat cheese spread is delicious.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“Lake James State Park is perfect for anyone looking to spend time swimming, boating, or fishing. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Rock Climbing Spot
“Plenty of hikes in the gorge. Short Off Trail at the end of Wolf Pit Rd is a favorite, 5 miles, round trip. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Located in the upper end of Cleveland County, this park offers camping, equestrian camping, picnic shelters, hiking trails, waterfalls, mountain biking and more. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great food and lovely atmosphere ... tell Amy ( the owner ) The Belle at Avery sent you ; ) ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great beer selections including sours. Live music on the weekends. Other events. Small, quiet place to visit with friends over a drink. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Great hiking and mountain biking trails. Beautiful creek for swimming and kayaking. Waterfall hike.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Nature
“Incredible views, easy & short trail. Requires a several mile drive down a dirt US Forest Service Road - AWD recommended.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Waterfall
“The Linville River flows from its headwaters in the steep slopes of Grandfather Mountain and cascades through two falls as it beings a nearly 2,000 foot descent through this spectacular gorge.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Want to get out in nature & get a little exercise? Linville Falls is nearby & very accessible. Path to falls is clearly marked with moderate incline. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Trivia Tuesdays and good beer! Pick up, or call in food and hang out for the night!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Winery
“So much wonderfulness!!! From the nice selection of award winning wines, food cart, live music to the most magickal views in western NC!!!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Distance from INDIGO: 37 miles Level: Easy to Moderate Length of Trail: 1.6 miles out and back Lots of tourist traffic but once you get up to Erwin's View the traffic thins out. Beautiful Views! ”
  • 9 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“OMG... we stop here every time we come up to Beech Mountain. In fact we time our flights just so we can eat here! Best home cooking ever! Get a pie to go! The meals are inexpensive. My favorite is the flounder while my sister loves the stew. Try the fried green tomatoes! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best food on Lake Hickory. Dock the boat and have a great meal. Bar and pool tables also available. Sometimes you can watch the Hickory Crawdads fireworks from this spot. Check with the Crawdad's stadium for schedules. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Great food and lovely atmosphere ... tell Amy ( the owner ) The Belle at Avery sent you ; ) ”
  • 16 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“OMG... we stop here every time we come up to Beech Mountain. In fact we time our flights just so we can eat here! Best home cooking ever! Get a pie to go! The meals are inexpensive. My favorite is the flounder while my sister loves the stew. Try the fried green tomatoes! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best food on Lake Hickory. Dock the boat and have a great meal. Bar and pool tables also available. Sometimes you can watch the Hickory Crawdads fireworks from this spot. Check with the Crawdad's stadium for schedules. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Yummiest pizza, local ingredients and local brews. Get there early or order take out. Mondays ask for your free garlic knots with pizza!”
  • 6 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“Right on the Catawba riverfront and on the outdoor deck, watch kayakers ride by. It also connects to the greenway for walking and bikes”
  • 5 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“Offers excellent hometown Barbeque, a southern specialty in country casual settings.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Our favorite pizza and you can bring your own bottle (ie: Wine)!!! Awesome service! We love to call ahead, pick up and then enjoy at one of the beautiful Lake James areas.”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Best breakfast buffet around. Friendly wait staff. Fun candy and local gifts.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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