On the western horizon of North Carolina are ancient sentinels. The oldest mountains on the North American continent, they are among the oldest mountains in the world. Once fiery cauldrons, the North Carolina mountains are now gentle giants. Worn by time, wind and water they appear as soft as watercolor brushstrokes. Life is abundant in these mountains. More varieties of trees and plants can be found here than in all of Europe. Under the hardwoods and hemlocks black bears roam, cougars pad over mossy galax, and native trout swim in pristine streams. Nurturing, yet awe-inspiring, these mountains are well-springs of beauty and recreation. Their cool mountain forests and trails beckon the visitor. Come away with UNC-TV on a travel adventure through the spectacular North Carolina Mountains. Hosted by beloved musician and storyteller, David Holt, North Carolina's Mountain Treasures is an hour packed with a visit to some of our state’s most beautiful and magical destinations. There is truly something for everyone. Our program will give you great ideas for planning a summer getaway with the family; taking you to sites you may have grown up hearing about, but never visited, or places you can’t wait to get back to this year.