Western North Carolina is the region of North Carolina which includes the Appalachian Mountains, thus it is often known geographically as the state’s Mountain Region. Locals can often be found skiing, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, canoeing, or just taking in the views. Western North Carolina is a four-season destination. Fall offers spectacular color along the Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s Favorite Drive. Winter creates a snowy wonderland at High Country ski resorts. Spring brings crisp, fresh air perfect for hiking the Appalachian Trail. And summer offers water sports ranging from kayaking tranquil rivers to rafting Class IV-V whitewater rapids.