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Cold Mountain was made famous by Charles Frazier's Civil War novel of the same name. It is located in Haywood County and is part of the Shining Rock Wilderness Area in Pisgah National Forest. Cold Mountain's elevation is 6,030 feet; reaching its summit requires a strenuous 10-mile hike. For non-climbers, the Milepost 411 overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway provides a good view.
The Occoneechee Speedway in Orange County opened in 1949. The track was one of only three East Coast tracks that measured a mile; the viewing stands could seat 17,000 fans. Many famous NASCAR drivers, including Richard Petty and Junior Johnson, raced on the dirt track. The track is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Closed in 1968, the track has recently reopened as a historic walking trail.