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    A Hike and A Beer

    This Independence Day, celebrate two of the best things North Carolina has to offer: waterfalls and beer. We've paired up waterfalls and breweries across the state, any of which would make for a great trip this 4th of July weekend.

    1. Gorge-ous Rye

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    Follow the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in the Linville Gorge area to Steels Creek Falls, then head to Flat Top Brewing Company in Banner Elk for a Rye'd Along Back Rye IPA.

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    2. More Fun Than a Barrel of Brass Monkeys

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    Take a 2.5-mile loop hike to Upper Creek Falls off NC 181, then drive to Fonta Flora Brewery in Morganton for their Belgian white saison, Brass Monkey.

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    3. Go Plum Crazy

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    Join the crowds at Elk River Falls near Elk Park, then drive to the tranquility of Blind Squirrel Brewery in nearby Plumtree for a Nut Brown Ale.

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    4. Get Lost in Hebron Colony Falls

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    Hike to Hebron Colony Falls near Blowing Rock, then drive over to Lost Province Brewing Company in Boone for an Alpine Meadows Saison.

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    5. Rock the House

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    Check out Picklesimer Rock House Falls, then stop by Satulah Mountain Brewing Company in nearby Highlands to sample their Rock House Amber.

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    6. French Broad and German Beer

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    Venture off the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the waterfalls along the Avery Creek Trail in Pisgah National Forest, then head off to the French Broad Brewing Company in Asheville for one of their Gateway Kolsch beers.

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    7. Live the Bohemian Life

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    Take your mountain bike and if you have energy left, make a short hike to some of the waterfalls in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Then check out a Bohemian Pilsner from the Brevard Brewing Company in nearby Brevard.

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    8. Blonde Ales Have More Fun

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    Hike along the Bartram Trail on your way to Ledbetter Canyon Falls, then sample a Dirty Girl Blond Ale at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City.

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    Show your love for your state this 4th of July weekend by visiting some of the waterfall and breweries that make North Carolina great!

    To read more about the waterfalls mentioned in this post, and more, check out North Carolina Waterfalls by Kevin Adams. If you're mostly here for the beer, discover other breweries to visit in North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries by Erik Lars Myers and Sarah H. Ficke.

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