Our Area: Blue Ridge Mountains and Asheville
Our stables and horseback riding trails are located in The Preserve at Wolf Laurel, a private and gated mountain top community. With an elevation of approximately 4,800 feet, this 1,300 acre master planned community offers long-range views and an ideal climate. In addition, property owners may enjoy the many exciting amenities including golf, tennis, swimming, skiing, our horseback riding, and miles of trails with direct access to the Appalachian Trail.
Yancey County has the highest average elevation of any county in North Carolina, including within its boundaries five of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi. The majestic Black Mountains are capped by the breathtaking panorama from atop Mount Mitchell (the highest peak east of the Rockies). With charming inns, motels, fine camping, music on the square, arts & crafts, antiques, good places to eat and shop, waterfalls, hiking, biking, fishing, tubing and activities from vigorous to sedate, there’s no better “base camp” for exploration than Yancey County and lovely Burnsville.
In nearby Madison County, the town of Hot Springs is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with the Appalachian Trail, whitewater rafting and canoeing on the French Broad River. Relax in North Carolina’s only hot mineral baths. In Mars Hill, stop in at the Rural Life Museum on the Mars Hill College campus or take in a play at the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre. Mars Hill College remains true to its tradition of service, learning and leadership which has been a hallmark of the Mars Hill experience since 1856.
In Asheville, you can access the Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the most scenic roads in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers plenty of spots for roadside picnics, breathtaking vistas, easy to difficult hiking, and a reprieve from commercialism. The 469-mile recreational motor road connects Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks.
The most famous landmark in Asheville is the Biltmore Estate, George W. Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate with its 250-room Biltmore House, 75 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, and the nation’s most visited winery. Share the wonder of Biltmore House, the largest privately owned home in America, with a priceless collection of arts and antiques original to the Vanderbilt home.
Asheville’s lively downtown has great architecture,interesting museums, 200 locally owned stores including 15 antique shops and 30 galleries, 50 restaurants, 10 coffee shops, and a dozen nightspots with live music or dancing. Read more about Asheville North Carolina.
Since we are near the Tennessee state line, the Tri-Cities comprising the cities of Kingsport, Johnson City and Bristol are just 30 minutes away.