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A Guide to Sporting Activities in the NC Mountains. No matter when you plan on visiting western North Carolina, there will be plenty of outdoor activities waiting for you.
Start with lively Asheville, the largest city in the region and full of things to do. Start with a round of play at the Asheville Municipal Golf Course and catch a minor-league baseball game at McCormick Field, home of the Asheville Tourists. Visitors in the northern part of the state ought to descend on Boone and the local favorite Boone Golf Club for an enjoyable morning or afternoon.
Stay in the city of Hickory and enjoy another enlightening game of baseball at L. P. Frans Stadium, featuring the Hickory Crawdads. Be sure to take up a visit at the Hickory Motor Speedway, home of NASCAR races and known as "the World's Most Famous Short Track." A little ways up north from Hickory, guests are sure to enjoy a sporting expedition exploring the gems and minerals of the Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow Mine.
Southwards, winter enthusiasts hit the slopes at the Cataloochee Ski Area near Maggie Valley and Murphy. As one of the most southern ski stations in the country, the mountain offers a unique opportunity for visitors to North Carolina. Round out your mountain visit and stop by the 18 holes of the Cherokee Hills Country Club, one of the premiere courses in the country, near Murphy.
Wherever your are in western North Carolina, there are plenty of places to make your playground.