Area Attractions

Explore the Areas around Ridgecrest


The Asheville/Western North Carolina area is one of the most loved tourism locations in the nation. Stroll through the delightful arts and crafts community of neighboring Black Mountain. Step back into yesteryear with a truly unique three-and-one-half hour steam locomotive train ride through the spectacular Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy touring the world-renowned 250-room Biltmore Estate, home of the late George W. Vanderbilt. Or walk across the mile high 228-foot suspension bridge and hike cliffside trails at the captivating Grandfather Mountain.

Who needs a water theme park when some of the wildest whitewater rafting sites are close by? Conferees can shoot the powerful rapids of several incredible rivers including the French Broad River which twists its way through scenic Pisgah National Forest. There is something for everyone here.

Area Attractions

Biltmore Estate
The Asheville Tourists Minor League Baseball
Blue Ridge Parkway
Cherokee Indian Reservation
Chimney Rock Park
Grandfather Mountain
Great Smokey Mountains Railroad
Linville Caverns
The North Carolina Arboretum
Pisgah National Forest
Waldensian Trail of Faith

Other Resources

Area Golf Courses

(Please call golf course for green fees.)

Black Mountain Golf Course, Features a 747 yard par six hole. (828) 669.2710.

The Grove Park Inn Golf Course, Designed by the legendary Donald Ross in 1926, the 6,720 yard, par-70 course is contoured out of the rolling landscape with tree-lined fairways, challenging bunkers and receptive Bent greens. (828) 252.2711.

Mt. Mitchell Golf Club, A player friendly par 72, with no blind shots and scenery that makes it hard to keep your mind on golf. (828) 675.5454.

White Water Rafting and Canoeing

Nantahala Outdoor Center, outposts near Marshall and Bryson City, N.C. White water rafting on the French Broad. (800) 232.7238.

Wildwater Ltd. Rafting, various outposts in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. White water rafting on the Chattooga, Ocoee, Nantahala, and Pigeon Rivers. (800) 451.9972.

USA Raft, various outposts in Western North Carolina, and Eastern Tennessee. White water rafting on the Nolichucky, Ocoee, French Broad, Nantahala, and Pigeon Rivers. 1-(800) USA.RAFT.

Southern Waterways, Asheville. Canoe and raft rental, French Broad. 1-800-849-1970.

Snow Skiing (Seasonal)

Wolf Laurel, Mars Hill, N.C., 27 miles north of Asheville. (800) 221.0409.
Cataloochee Ski Area, 40 miles west of Asheville. (800) 768.0285.
Appalachian Ski Mountain, between Boone and Blowing Rock. (800) 322.2373.
Ski Beech, Beech Mountain, highest slope in eastern North America. (800) 438.2093.
Sugar Mountain, Banner Elk, greatest vertical drop in the South. (800) 784.2768.

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Psalm 90:2

Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, you are God.
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Important Update

The health and safety of guests and team members is of utmost importance. Even though no COVID-19 cases have been tied to Ridgecrest Conference Center at this point, we have made the decision to not host events and guests (including individual stays) through May 15, 2020. We will continue to monitor additional developments and reassess as appropriate.

Previously made reservations for stays before May 15th will be canceled and fully refunded. Please note that credit card refunds typically take several business days to process.

Planners of events scheduled at Ridgecrest before May 15th: A member of our sales team will contact you to discuss rescheduling possibilities.

In these unprecedented circumstances, please join our team in praying for our communities, our nation, and our world.

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