*NEW REPORT* See our updated list for 2016 at http://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-north-carolina-2016/ An affordable cost of living, vibrant economic areas, and moderate climate are a few of the reasons two of North Carolina’s largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh, are expected to grow faster than any other U.S. cities of similar size over the next 15 years.
Most of North Carolina is in hardiness zones 7 and 8 (I generally use as a guide). Many of my favorite veggies grow quite happily in that climate; the main thing I have to worry about is soil composition. That's one of the reasons I would do raised beds.
THE Bat Cave in Bat Cave, NC, near Asheville. The Bat Cave system is considered the longest tectonic cave system of its kind in the world. Unfortunately it is closed at this time to avoid spread of white nose disease in bats.