June is Great Outdoors Month and the member innkeepers of the North Carolina Bed & Breakfast Inns are celebrating!
From sea to mountains, NC is well known as a state full of outdoor wonders. You’ll find some of the finest zipline adventures in the US in Western NC. We won’t pick favorites, but your innkeeper might. Be sure to ask.
Also in the mountains, you’ll find Transylvania county, a.k.a. “Land of Waterfalls.” It is not an exaggeration – there are 250 waterfalls and cascades in this one county alone. Learn more about the Land of Waterfalls and plan your visit at visitwaterfalls.com.
On the NC coast, take your pick from beaches galore, wild horses, stunning lighthouses, a mysterious lost colony and so much more to explore. And for outdoor adventurers, don’t miss the Dismal Swamp State Park in South Mills. You’ll find over 20 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and swamp forest to paddle through by kayak or canoe.
An Outdoor Gem to Discover in the Piedmont
One of the best kept secrets for visitors to the central area of North Carolina is also a place where you can awaken your wild side.
The Conservators’ Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit wildlife conservancy that offers tours, birthday parties, photo safaris and much more for animal lovers seeking a fun, educational outing. The Center is home to more than 80 exotic animals representing more than 20 species, including more than 20 big cats – nestled right in the center of North Carolina.
According to their website, when you visit you’re guaranteed an up-close view of their exotic residents, sometimes as close as 5 feet away! Be sure to bring a camera.
If you’d like to learn more about the Conservators Center and how to schedule a tour, they have an excellent website – ConservatorsCenter.org. The photos on the site are exceptional; some are down right haunting. We thank them for allowing us to show some of them on this page.
The Center offers a variety of tours – family-friendly tours, adults-only outings and even one tour at twilight. We spoke to a staff member and she highly recommended taking one of the Twilight Tours.That’s when you’ll most likely hear the lions roaring (they call it “oofing”) and the wolves howling at full volume. She said that many people tell have told her that, alone, was worth the trip.
As you might imagine, tours sell out quickly and must be scheduled in advance, so plan your visit now. To find a nearby NCBBI member Bed and Breakfast, look here.
Experience North Carolina’s Great Outdoors This Summer
And as always, be sure to ask your innkeeper for their favorite nearby outdoor activities. They know spots that are off the beaten path – a great way to get to know North Carolina.
Wherever you find yourself traveling in North Carolina, make the experience more memorable. Find a member NC Bed and Breakfast Inn using our interactive map.