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NC Gem Mining and NC Ziplines

Along with visiting the top Western North Carolina Attractions that surround Sugar Mountain Resort NC, there are plenty of fun things for the whole family to enjoy while staying in the affordable Sugar Mountain Rentals at The Highlands at Sugar. When you book one of the Sugar Mountain Rentals for your next getaway to the High Country and Sugar Mountain Resort you will have access to the fantastic amenities at Highlands at Sugar Mountain Resort which include an enclosed heated pool, European-style hot tub, redwood sauna, an exercise room, recreation room complete with games and a children’s play area. In the one and two bedroom Sugar Mountain Rentals at Highlands at Sugar you will find large Jacuzzi tubs, mountain stone fireplaces, wet bars, stereo sound systems, cable TVs, fully equipped kitchens, balconies and, in most, two full baths. In addition to the wonderful amenities found at the Highlands at Sugar Resort and in the spacious one and two-bedroom Sugar Mountain Rentals, you will be close to the fun things to do in Sugar Mountain, Banner Elk and the surrounding High Country NC regions. You will also be near great places to enjoy Fly Fishing NC, Horseback Riding in NC Mountains, NC Hiking Trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway and so much more. Read on to find out about popular family activities like NC Gem Mining and NC Ziplining at the NC Ziplines that are located throughout the region.

NC Gem Mining

If you’ve ever visited the North Carolina Mountains you have probably seen the roadside attractions that feature outdoor and indoor mines where you and your loved ones can enjoy mining for precious stones and other rare rocks. There are various places in Banner Elk and Boone to enjoy NC Gem Mining. Usually families and large groups have the best time when they purchase one of the larger buckets of mineral ore. Kids of all ages love sitting at the plumes and washing out the ore using panning methods to find rare and precious stones, including emerald, ruby, sapphire, garnet, onyx, quartz, and various other beautiful rocks. One you’ve made your discoveries you can take your lucky rocks to the gift shops of the places that offer Gem Mining NC and have them polished, cut and set in various beautiful jewelry settings. The High Country is close to the Gem Mining Capital of the United States and is filled with adorable little NC Gem Mining Attractions and places to shop for unique stones. Many of these have indoor operations as well that are open during the winter season.

NC Ziplines

Ziplining NC is a new outdoor activity to the High Country, but something that has been done in various other vacation destinations across the world for decades. So, what exactly is ziplining? Imagine gliding through the canopies and over tree tops below at lightning fast speeds. Zipline towers connect cables that riders are suspended from and there are a few great NC Zipline courses in the High Country that guests staying at the Sugar Mountain Rentals at Highlands at Sugar Resort can enjoy. Both Screamtime Zipline and the largest NC Zipline course at Hawksnest Zipline & Tubing Park are within a short driving distance from the Highlands at Sugar, Banner Elk Rentals.

There are numerous other activities that you can enjoy when staying at Sugar Mountain NC. Sugar Mountain North Carolina is known for its winding NC Mountain Biking routes and, of course, for the fantastic Sugar Mountain Skiing and NC Mountain Golf resorts that are nearby. Click to read about some of these other fun vacation activities. At The Highlands at Sugar, we want to make sure that your stay with us is unforgettable. Check out our great seasonal rates and get started planning your North Carolina Mountain Vacation today.

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