10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in North Carolina

6: Hillsborough

Hillsborough
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Hillsborough is a charming town that lies on the banks of the Eno River. The architecture in this town has been around for three centuries and many people find that this town is the perfect getaway destination. Throughout the year, there are multiple events happening in Hillsborough including art walks, live music, farmer’s markets, and festivals. Whether a person enjoys the arts, history, or outdoor adventures, they will find exactly what they need in Hillsborough.

7: Pinehurst

Pinehurst
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Golf and Pinehurst are one and the same, which is no wonder since Pinehurst is considered the home of golf in America. While golf may be at the top of everyone’s list when they are in Pinehurst, there are many other activities to enjoy as well. People will want to explore the Pinehurst Greenway System and the Reservoir Park, visit the Arboretum, and participate in a Pinehurst Historic Walking Tour.

8: Saluda

Saluda
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Saluda is considered a historic Victorian mountain village and it is filled with spectacular scenery, tranquility, and amazingly fresh mountain air directly from the Blue Ridge Mountains. People will find plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy as well as multiple museums, art galleries, and theaters to visit. No one should leave Saluda without visiting the areas amazing waterfalls located in the mountains.

Website: www.saluda.com

9: Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock
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There is no town more story like than Blowing Rock and it is commonly referred to as the Crown of the Blue Ridge. The most popular attraction is the Blowing Rock and Tweetsie Railroad is next in popularity. There are numerous hiking trails in the area including ones at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Julian Price Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Blowing Rock has a variety of shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums, but they also have a small number of farms and wineries as well.

10: Beaufort

Beaufort
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Beaufort is a coastal town where people can arrive by boat and dock it before exploring this quaint little town. Everyone must experience the Beaufort Historic Site as well as the North Carolina Maritime Museum, but after history lessons have commenced, the real fun can begin. Kayaks and canoes can be placed in Taylor’s Creek and people can paddle all day long into the evening hours. There are numerous restaurants that offer ocean views and the best time to be at one of those restaurants is when the sun is setting over the water. However, the most breathtaking views in Beaufort can be found on Carrot Island where the wild ponies roam free.

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