These are the Most Underrated Destinations In North Carolina

Uncover the charm of North Carolina beyond its famed destinations. From secluded beaches to quaint mountain towns, explore the most underrated spots waiting to be discovered.

Explore vast forests, kayak on Lake Tillery, and hunt for Bigfoot in this serene mountain region.

#1 Uwharrie Mountains, Montgomery County

Discover Native American culture, hike to stunning waterfalls, and ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in this charming mountain town.

#2 Maggie Valley

Relax on the "nation's safest beach," enjoy watersports, and explore arcade games and carnival rides at Goldston’s Beach.

#3 White Lake

Experience world-class golfing, horse racing, and boutique shopping in these quaint, historic towns.

#4 Pinehurst and Southern Pines

Escape to a peaceful coastal retreat, explore by kayak or golf cart, and savor fresh seafood in charming Southport.

#5 Oak Island, Southport

Immerse yourself in NASCAR history, explore a gold mine, and enjoy family-friendly attractions like the Gem Theatre.

#6 Kannapolis, Cabarrus County

Step back in time on a remote island steeped in pirate lore, where wild ponies roam and fishing thrives.

#7 Ocracoke

Visit the real-life Mayberry from "The Andy Griffith Show," savor pork chop sandwiches, and explore nearby Pilot Mountain State Park.

#8 Mount Airy

Discover colonial history, culinary delights, and Nicholas Sparks' literary inspirations in this waterfront city.

#9 New Bern

Embark on scenic hikes, marvel at waterfalls, and stargaze at the Bare Dark Sky Observatory in this charming mountain town.

#10 Burnsville


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