North Carolina Mountains

The majestic mountains of Western North Carolina: the perfect setting for a summer camp.  The average temperature during the summer months at Summerland North Carolina is a cool 70 degrees.  The mountains of Western North Carolina provide unforgettable views for scenic hikes, rafting, adventure sports, and cultural activities.

Clouds breaking up after a rainy morning in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The photo was taken from the Deep Gap overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina.

There is really no better place to reconnect with nature and learn how to live life in balance with electronics.  Because of the recreational opportunities available in the mountains, campers test their personal limits and discover hidden talents and develop new live passions.

Some of the highlights of Western North Carolina include:

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine.  Campers can easily access the A.T. which is a short drive from our home base at Summerland North Carolina.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a road – it’s a beautiful journey that entices visitors to explore a 469-mile gateway to America’s rich cultural heritage including Cherokee traditions, music, crafts, agriculture, and nature.

Whitewater Rafting and Ziplining

We utilize French Broad Adventures as our whitewater and ziplining provider. From whitewater rafting to zipline canopy tours to calm water float trips – we do it all! Campers and Summerland North Carolina raft & zipline with us & experience two of Asheville’s natural wonders; the French Broad River & the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.

Check out the videos of ziplining and rafting at French Broad Adventures!

Adventure Sports

Campers get to sample a variety of adventure sports at Summerland North Carolina.  For caving, campers get to explore Linville Caverns which are privately owned active limestone caverns located in northern McDowell County, North Carolina, just south of the village of Linville Falls, on U.S. Highway 221.

The mountains also provide opportunities to play games such as laser tag in the woods, and metal detecting around old homesteads from the 1800’s where hidden treasures abound.  We play disc golf on our mountain disc golf course located on campus.

Cultural Activities

At Summerland North Carolina we take every opportunity to develop new interests in our campers.  Taking advantage of our location in the mountains of Western North Carolina, we explore the following culture activities (availability depends on the session):

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

The Thomas Wolfe House, also known as the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, is a state historic site, historic house, and museum located at 52 North Market Street in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Considered by many to be one of the giants of 20th-century American literature, Thomas Wolfe immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Wolfe’s colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of “Altamont” Asheville, North Carolina, and “Dixieland” the Old Kentucky Home boardinghouse, earned the Victorian period house a place as one of American literature’s most famous landmarks.

Biltmore House

Depending on the sessions, campers may visit America’s largest home, built by George Vanderbilt. Campers can explore the 8000-acre beautiful and grand estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC.  Talk about a way to build motivation to do something besides play video games!

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART)

SART is a professional Theatre in the Blue Ridge Mountains located on campus alongside Summerland North Carolina.  SART was founded in 1975 and the mission has been to produce quality theatre concerning Appalachia that portrays the rich heritage of its people and to promote the development of new works. SART has a 42-year history of professional productions. World Premieres have graced the Owen stage; Appalachian/Southern heritage plays have educated and honored the locale of our artistic home; musicals both big and small have delighted our audiences, and the magic of theatre has affected both company members and patrons alike.


Asheville is the closest city to Summerland North Carolina. Asheville has a long history as a thriving arts community, and neighborhoods such as the River Arts District bring the best local work to visitors. The neighborhood houses working art studios—many open to the public—and hosts studio strolls in June and November when artists hold demonstrations and events.

Asheville has been the backdrop in numerous films including The Last of the Mohicans, Dirty Dancing, and The Hunger Games.