15 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Murphy
— 3 nights
2
Cherokee
— 2 nights
3
Hendersonville
— 4 nights
4
Hot Springs
— 1 night
5
Boone
— 4 nights

3
nights
Murphy

Murphy ©
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fields of the Wood and Walnut Hollow Ranch. Explore Murphy's surroundings by going to Hayesville (Chatuge Dam Trail & Jackrabbit Mountain Bike & Hiking Trails), Robbinsville (Santeetlah Lake & Wehrloom Honey) and RidgeRunner Ziplines (in Andrews). There's lots more to do: hike along Murphy River Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Fire Creek Falls, make a trip to Clay's Corner, and do a tasting at Cherokee Cellars Winery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Murphy travel route builder website.

Flint to Murphy is an approximately 10-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Flint in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Murphy: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Murphy

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Hayesville, Robbinsville, Clay's Corner, RidgeRunner Ziplines
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Fields of the Wood ©
Fields of the Wood
Walnut Hollow Ranch ©
Walnut Hollow Ranch
Chatuge Dam Trail ©
Chatuge Dam Trail

2
nights
Cherokee

Cherokee ©
The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 5th (Mon), examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Barber Orchard Fruitstand, and then take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., then admire the sheer force of Soco Falls, then walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cherokee day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Murphy to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. October in Cherokee sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hendersonville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, Barber Orchard Fruitstand
Highlights from your plan
Soco Falls ©
Soco Falls
Barber Orchard Fruitstand ©
Barber Orchard Fruitstand
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum

4
nights
Hendersonville

Hendersonville ©
Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grandad's Apples and Burntshirt Vineyards. Venture out of the city with trips to Sapphire (Whitewater Falls & Gorges State Park), Pisgah Forest (Devil's Courthouse & Cradle of Forestry) and Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard, engage your brain at Mineral & Lapidary Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bold Rock Hard Cider, and look for gifts at The Wrinkled Egg.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hendersonville trip itinerary app.

Drive from Cherokee to Hendersonville in 1.5 hours. October in Hendersonville sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Hendersonville

Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Sapphire, Pisgah Forest, The Wrinkled Egg, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Crystal Mountain Gem Mine
Highlights from your plan
Grandad's Apples ©
Grandad's Apples
Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard ©
Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard
Justus Orchard ©
Justus Orchard

1
night
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a town in Madison County, North Carolina, United States. On the 11th (Sun), stroll through Max Patch, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Hot Springs journey planner.

You can drive from Hendersonville to Hot Springs in 1.5 hours. In October in Hot Springs, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Boone.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Max Patch ©
Max Patch
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours

4
nights
Boone

Boone ©
Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Whiteside Mountain and The Greenway Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Boone side-trips: West Jefferson (Saint Mary's Episcopal Church & Ashe County Cheese) and Linville Falls (Linville Gorge & Linville Falls). And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, stroll through The Cascades Trail, and learn about winemaking at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Boone trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Hot Springs to Boone in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Hot Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Boone, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boone

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

West Jefferson, Blowing Rock, Linville Falls, Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Appalachian Mountain Brewery ©
Appalachian Mountain Brewery
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine ©
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

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