My wife and I are trying to work in a vacation sometime soon - the last year or so has been very rough and we need to get back to normal. Does anyone happen to know of any 'do not miss' locations in North Carolina? We're thinking of spending 8-10 days wandering about, no particular plan. I've got books on hiking and waterfalls, but if anyone knows of a particularly good spot I'd love to hear about it in case we happen to wander nearby.

We have no particular plan on what part, or parts, of the state we'll be traveling through, but we'll likely stay out of the Smokies this trip since we've been there so much in the past. Pisgah, Nantahala, Croatan, and Uwharrie are all possibilities, as are any of the state parks.

I'm planning on taking my 4x5 field camera so I can do some hiking, so we'll be fairly mobile and able to reach some of the more out-of-the-way spots. Waterfalls are always good, but so are great rock formations, old buildings, farm equipment, ruins, or other things of that general nature. Probably nothing more than 6 or 8 miles round trip though - I live at sea level and while the mountains are my home, I'm no longer acclimated

Thanks in advance for any ideas!

- Randy