Top 9 Must-visit Mountain Towns in the Southern U.S.

Explore the charm of the Southern U.S. with our guide to the top 9 must-visit mountain towns. From scenic vistas to outdoor adventures, discover your next getaway destination.

Escape to this charming town nestled in the Nantahala National Forest for cool summers and scenic beauty.

#1 Highlands, North Carolina

A hub of outdoor and cultural activities where breweries, wineries, and trails abound in an old industrial mountain setting.

#2 Waynesboro, Virginia

Enjoy trout fishing, tubing, and exploring boutiques in the charming mountain town, dubbed the "trout capital of Georgia."

#3 Blue Ridge, Georgia

Traverse trails, bike the Virginia Creeper Trail, and encounter wild ponies while enjoying the New River and Grayson Highlands State Park.

#4 Lansing, North Carolina

Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offering diverse activities from nature trails to unique galleries and candy shops.

#5 Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Discover North Georgia's nature and history with outdoor adventures and a thriving wine and craft beer scene.

#6 Dahlonega, Georgia

Experience outdoor bliss atop Lookout Mountain, with activities ranging from hiking to bouldering in nearby DeSoto State Park.

#7 Mentone, Alabama

Immerse in outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting and scenic train rides amidst the Great Smoky Mountains.

#8 Bryson City, North Carolina

Dive into traditional bluegrass music along "The Crooked Road" and join the vibrant Friday Night Jamboree at Floyd Country Store.

#9 Floyd, Virginia 

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