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The Perfect Family Adventure: All Together Now

There’s no shortage of fun activities for families in Transylvania County. Here’s a starter list that will get you properly oriented to all there is to see, do and experience here in the Land of Waterfalls:

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Hike John Rock

There are literally hundreds of miles of hiking trails in Pisgah, DuPont and Gorges. But if you only have time for one hiking sojourn, this one is hard to beat. This well-marked loop summits along the smooth granite face of John Rock and affords breathtaking views of Looking Glass Rock and the distant ridgeline of the Pisgah Range to the northwest. This five-mile hike, which starts at the Fish Hatchery in Pisgah National Forest, is considered moderate to strenuous, but the view is worth the effort. Directions and details on the John Rock hike and several others can be found here.

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Tube the Davidson

Like Sliding Rock, many campers get to experience the Davidson River during their summer camp stay. But we guarantee you that they’ll jump at the chance to be your “guide” on this leisurely and scenic float. Tube rentals are available at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest.

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Take the plunge at Sliding Rock

It’s the cheapest (and chilliest) thrill on the planet. For $1 a person, take a seat on this 60 foot long smooth granite rock and let 11,000 gallons a minute propel you down to a natural pool at the base. Your entry fee entitles you to as many slides you want. Please note that Sliding Rock is particularly busy on weekends throughout the summer.

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Explore O.P. Taylor’s

There’s a reason this place is known as “the coolest toy store on the planet” — because it is. Practically every toy known to kid-dom is jammed into two-and-a-half stories of wall-to-wall fun.

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Say “hello” to Dolly’s

This Transylvania County institution is known and loved by every camper, including yours. Let them guide you through the expansive menu of frozen delights, including a custom flavor of ice cream for every camp in the county.