North Carolina Mountains

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Cross the famous Mile-High Swinging Bridge and explore the layers of geology hidden Linville Caverns. Students will love this adventurous trip to the North Carolina mountains filled with opportunities to expand your classroom’s history and science education.

Popular Attractions 

The Biltmore Estate

Students will get to look into the life of servants at Biltmore, the amazing architecture, and advanced technology that made it ahead of its time. Students will also have the option to participate in the very popular Antler Hill Farms Program. This program will take students on a hands-on journey to explore life on a turn-of-the-century farm and discover not only Biltmore's past, but also its future. All programs are led by educators and will align with your grade level curriculum. 

Grandfather Mountain 

Home to the famous Mile-High Swinging Bridge. Make your educational group's visit to Grandfather Mountain even more exciting with a program delivered by one of our engaging naturalists. Chose from a wide variety of topics, from animal behavior to weather to geology.

Linville Caverns 

Offers a unique perspective of the intricate workings that have taken place under the ground surface. Classes will be divided into smaller groups and led through the caverns on a guided tour by a naturalist staff member. 

Linville Falls

Take your group on a short, scenic hike at Linville Falls. 

Gem Mining

There are multiple opportunities to take your students gem mining in the North Carolina Mountains. Students will receive a bucket of rough material then rinse it clean with fresh water to reveal the gemstones. They will get to keep any gemstones they find!

Blue Ridge Parkway 

The bus will take a scenic drive along the All-American Road that is known for its beauty. 

The Blowing Rock

Students will learn how the "Rock" was formed, what the "Rock" is composed of, and the history and legend of The Blowing Rock. Bring science, history, and language arts teaching standards to life as students experience firsthand the beauty and the history of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Oconoluftee Indian Village

Your students will be transported to the 1760s with this Cherokee Village replica. Your guide will show you the way through the winding paths, flanked with traditional Cherokee dwellings, work areas, and sacred ritual sites.