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Mountain Lions, Trout and Great Scenery in the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina

Updated on January 29, 2014

Mountain Lions, Bears, Deer and Great Scenery All Year Long

Mountain Lion

Take Your Time

You could miss seeing a mountain lion a broad-shouldered Brown Trout or one of the most beautiful homes in the world, if you drive too fast through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Most of the sites that are mentioned in this photo journal can be driven to, or by, in about an hour; but, it could take a lifetime to really see and truly discover everything.

Evidence of the truth of this statement is that it took us more than five years to stumble onto the Moses Cone property mentioned further down in this article. It is located behind a large stand of pines just a little over a hundred yards from where we usually turn around to head back home after a day trip.

The Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina

A Very Brief History of the Biltmore Estate

In 1888, George Vanderbilt, youngest grandson of business tycoon Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, visited the Western North Carolina mountains with his mother. Asheville, North Carolina was a high-society health retreat for those looking for a rugged, yet pleasant retreat from the pressures of the Northeast. At 26, George Vanderbilt recognized the area as a perfect spot for the Biltmore Estate. He envisioned an estate that would not only showcase his collection of art, but also become a self-supporting business. He had traveled extensively throughout Europe, and believed he could bring a landed barony to America.

Also, George Vanderbilt was not without his competitive streak, and sought to create an estate to rival those belonging to his siblings in the Northeast. The Vanderbilts had a tradition of building lavish homes, a tradition begun by the Commodore. As a self-made man, Cornelius Vanderbilt and his wife Sophia found themselves not entirely accepted into Northeastern fashionable society so their lavish homes became a symbol of both their success and their gentility.

Biltmore Gardens

Water Feature on the Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Reservoir Dam

Black Bear

Looking Glass Falls

Slick Rocks Falls Cavern Entrance

The Moses Cone Estate

How do you stumble onto a 2,600 acre estate? We have been on the Blue Ridge Parkway just above Linville Falls many times. This is near a beautiful turn-out with breathtaking scenery that we have seen several times. After oohing and aahhing again and again, we would head back to Charlotte. One day last fall we decided to see what was up the road. Around the next corner, hidden by a huge stand of pine trees was the Moses Cone property, all 3,600 acres of it.

It took us an entire afternoon to tour the home and its antiques, the working gardens, the huge stable and vineyards, etc. Actually we had to rush just to see as much as we did. We're not done yet. We'll be going back soon to see more of this incredible property, horse trails and all.

There is a horse-back guide service available. It would be recommended that you let them take you around the first time, if you are not a seasoned mountain trekker.

Moses Cone Mansion

Information about the History of the Cone Property

Moses Cone Carriage House

View of Bass Lake on the Cone Estate

What a Beautiful Ride Back Home

We took the following photographs on the way home. The color is startling.

This is just a "teaser" to get you to think about taking the time to come over here and see some of this beaufy for yourself.

Maple Leaf in Late Fall

Fall Color Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Brilliant Bushes

Hillside on Fire

Burning Bush and Hosta

Oxe Eye Daisy

White-Tailed Deer

River Otter

Davidson River in Pisgah National Forest

Graham's Beautiful Davidson River Brown Trout

Oh Yes, There's One More Reason

Just getting started.

There is something extraordinary around every corner in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It changes almost every day of the year. Since I am an avid fisherman I had to leave you with at least one picture of a stream caught Brown Trout and a "typical" mountain sunset.

Why do I live in North Carolina? Let me count the ways!

Bob Diamond R.Ph

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      3 years ago

      The traffic in Asheville on the interstates is horrendous when bypassing the city. People are driving on your bumper, traffic can come to a complete stop and horns honking. Gotten much worse in the last 15 years. Come to visit but drive defensively. it does not feel like a small town in every way. The mountains are beautiful. Real estate is expensive as are taxes. TN is much cheaper with the same mountain paradise.

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      6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Beautiful pictures and descriptions. Thank you for sharing your part of our nation in this lovely way.

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      7 years ago from Marion, NC

      Reading this just confirms how happy I am to move back home to the mountains of NC!!

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      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I was "hubhopping" today and found this treasure. I love your part of the world and have vacationed there often, in and around Saluda and Asheville. There must be some truth to the lure of crystals there...any stay in the area is completely relaxing and mind-liberating. Thanks for the gorgeous photos.

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      arts and crafts festivals 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing a lot of information about North Carolina. I really am amused and impressed by the way it was presented. Thank you for posting. It is very educational.

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      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      Great hub much better than mine but the message is the same, WNC is a great place to vacation and even a better place to live.

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      Bob Diamond RPh 

      9 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      There are a couple of mountain lions in a preserve on Grandfather Mountain, K.

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! It's sad that I live here in WNC and I never get to enjoy the beauty. I'm curious about the Mtn Lion Photo..that sure looks like our area, but I've heard they no longer exist here. Did you take that photo in the wild or is it a captive cat? Amazing none the less

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      9 years ago

      nature right before my eyes

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      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      wow is is great place to visit. thanks for share with us. nice picture also. Going to US is my dream for a long time ago. I like reading this hub. I just saw this from my television.

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      Dolores Monet 

      10 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Diamond, what a wonderful, beautiful place, thank you for sharing the pix. It's good to know such natural places are still out there.

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      Bob Diamond RPh 

      10 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Yes, Dan, it's a beautiful world where we haven't scarred it? On a positive note, most people don't realize how much basically untouched land we have in this country.

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      Camping Dan 

      10 years ago

      Nice hub! There is nothing like waking up from a nights sleep and finding mountain lion footprints around your tent. This happened to me a couple of times out west.

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      10 years ago from America

      Beautiful really enjoyed your hub.

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      11 years ago from California

      Beautiful pictures Bob. Do the Brown Trout put up a good fight? I've only fished Rainbow in CA and they fight like crazy, jump out of the water and everything. I think a trip to North Carolina needs to be penciled in.


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