Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Franklin is a city filled with many things to do for the whole family within the city.
The beautiful valley of Shelton Laurel Creek – and the coves, tributaries, and mountains lining it to its North – comprise a remote part of the Pisgah National Forest, known as the Shelton Laurel Backcountry Area.
Do you get a hint of what this place serves from the name? Well, you should because they serve up fried goodness every day of the week.
At 5,964 feet above sea level, Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range and the only private park in the world.
Specializing in fresh baked Amish style goods, the Stoltzfus family has been baking great things for Bryson City for a long time.
The fresh smell of hops and everything else that goes in to a great craft beer fill the air when you approach doors of the Nantahala Brewery.
Located right in between a state and national forest, and surrounded by waterfalls, Brevard is another great city where the outdoors are just minutes away.
Bridal Veil Falls is unique in that you can drive behind them. US Hwy. 64 used to pass behind the falls until it was rerouted in front of the falls for safety.
Bent Creek’s watershed contains a collection of trails for all kinds of hikes, for beginners and familes to advanced hiking groups.
The Grove Park Inn is a Beautiful Resort and Spa that attract thousands of visitors every year.
Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to locals and visitors weekly.
Some of the most beautiful golf courses you will ever play on can be found amongst the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina.
List of cemeteries that are located on the north Shore of Fontana Lake and the surrounding area which were eventually taken over by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Service after the Tennessee Valley Authority built the Fontana Dam. Bradshaw Cemetery: On Possum Hollow Branch on Hazel Creek. Hickory Bottom Branch on Possum Hollow. On […]
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A “planned community” or small downtown area not far from the Asheville Airport that was designed to make you feel like you where in a actual city once inside.
Surrounded by mountains exceeding 6000′ in elevation, the base of the valley is itself over 5000′, which accounts for some of its unique characteristics. A variety of hiking trails wind throughout the valley for your exploration.
Located at the top of this mountain, in Maggie Valley, is a mile high fun center with an old west setting.
Located on a historic corner of downtown Bryson City, right next to the old county courthouse, the Cork & Bean has not only good food but a great atmosphere.
The Green River Narrows Race happens once a year in November and is probably one of the most exciting kayak races to watch in the southeast.
This beautiful distinguished city is full of upscale dinning and shopping locations and surrounded by some of the south’s most prestigious golf clubs.
This is a long slide in two main parts. Only the lower part is visible from the overlook constructed by the park.
This small town located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is literally a ‘base camp” for anything outdoor related.
Waterfalls and many cascades are located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala National Forest, around the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest and the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina, including the 411 feet Whitewater Falls which is the tallest series of falls east of the Mississippi.
Visiting Weaverville means having a chance for you and your family to experience life at a slower pace.
Deep Creek, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has a campground complete with showers if you like spending the night in the great outdoors.
This falls begins as sliding cascade just uphill of NC Hwy. 28.
This very popular activity is mainly enjoyed in the water of Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In this most beautiful, unmarred, and natural setting, that was the uncharted hunting ground of the Cherokee Indians, virgin trees grow more than 100 feet tall and some 20 feet around the base.
The Diner, as locals refer to it has been serving up traditional breakfast dishes and lunch specials to patrons for many years.
These trails travel along the shores and hills beside Lake Chatuge, and all trails are open to mountain biking and hiking.
Western North Carolina is a special place in the kayaking world.
With an elevation of 6,593 ft Mount LeConte is the third highest peak in the national park, it is however the tallest peak in Tennessee.
The historic town of Hendersonville offers visitors many different recreational activities for the entire family, along with local festivals that will satisfy any apple craving you have ever had.
Western North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful and exciting single track trails in the Southeast.
Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area.
A community that takes pride in it’s small hometown atmosphere makes Canton a city full of heritage and history.
Do you remember the atmosphere that was portrayed on the show “Cheers”? Well, if you do Mountain Perks is Bryson City’s Cheers.
A small but beautiful waterfall that is located only a few minutes hike form the Deep Creek Parking Area.
The area around Hot Springs is full of opportunities to get outdoors and have a blast.
A historic shopping center located downtown Asheville that is famous for its beautifully restored architecture from the 1920s.
A high, cascading slide in an pretty cove.
This falls is not high, but it’s absolutely beautiful and accessible via a fairly easy hike.
Beginning in Highlands, this approximately 61 miles of nationally-recognized byway winds through southern Appalachian hardwood forests, by numerous waterfalls and lakes and through two river gorges.
Known as the “Little Charleston of the Mountains”, Flat Rock is a small community filled with historic inns, shops, restaurants, and galleries that will keep you exploring the area for days.
This is a long tumbling cascade and slide, with a few free falling sections.
Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.
Located between Asheville and Hendersonville, Fletcher is a place where you can enjoy the thrills of the city within a short drive while still feeling like you are tucked away in a quiet mountain hide-away.
A relatively large creek pours over a nearly vertical bluff into a big, deep, beautiful pool, complete with a sandy beach, before spilling over some smaller cascades and into a dark, rocky cove.
This falls is named for its shape, sort of like the domed shell of a turtle. It drops into a deep pool and some people use it for sliding.
Mouse Creek Falls pours into the larger Big Creek, which is one of the clearest and most pristine waterways in the Park.
A beautiful disc golf course located on the property of Fontana Village only minutes away from Fontana Dam. The course is 18 holes and is made up of par 3 and par 4 holes that offer players a diverse course of trees and open field to play on. This is a great course to play, […]
Known as “The Crown of the Blue Ridge”, Blowing Rock is a special place to many visitors and residents alike.
318 curves in 11 miles is the ultimate thrill ride for many motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts when visiting Western North Carolina.
A collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.
Marked by charming rural character and the scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mars HIll is a great stop and play location in Western North Carolina.
Water is one thing there is not a shortage of when you come to the mountains of Western North Carolina.
An attractive, two-tiered cascade with some free-falling sections, across tilted rocks.
A small town located deep in Western North Carolina offering a charming small town experience for all visitors.
Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, across from a mountain where God revealed a vision, lie the world’s largest set of the Ten Commandments.
Skiing and Snowboarding is a great winter activity here in Western North Carolina.
The Panthertown Valley is one of those unique places that are well revered by hiking and outdoor enthusiasts, as well as ecologists, in the Southern Appalachian mountains.
A city filled with a rich history and lasting culture of the Cherokee Indians. This city has much to offer from outdoor activities, cultural arts and crafts, to family entertainment. This popular stop in Western North Carolina is sure not to disappoint.
A beauty worth visiting. A steep cascade drops over a ledge onto an outcrop among boulders before shifting right, and dropping over another, smaller, cascade into a deep and wide pool.
Asheville hottest music venue and social club.
Offering up Italian favorites to locals and visitors to Bryson City, NC.
Pisgah View Ranch is a Western North Carolina Dude Ranch that offers a horse ranch get a way for Family and Guests.
13 Acres of aquatic ponds are the home to many varieties of water lilies and lotuses that begin blooming in May and continue blooming into August.
A valley full of historic buildings, wildlife, and beauty, this is a great family destination inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Shining Rock became one of the original components of the Wilderness System in September 1964. It is the largest Wilderness area in North Carolina.
A beautiful and historic park located in the center of downtown Asheville.
Fly Fishing is a popular past time in Western North Carolina. With an immense amount of mountain streams in the area you are sure to be able to find some fish somewhere.
Blowing Rock is an interesting place where folklore and history abound.
The Black Balsam area includes some of the most spectacular mountain balds in the Southern Appalachians, including Black Balsam Knob, Sam Knob, and Tennent Mountain.
A combination of free falls and cascades. This is one of the most photogenic waterfalls around.
The ultimate Western North Carolina destination for gambling and late night entertainment.
Rising 6,643 feet above the Great Smoky Mountains, Clingman’s Dome is the highest point along the Appalachian Trail and provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains.
Surrounded by the Appalachian mountains Waynesville has so much to offer within a short drive from outdoor activities to shopping and dinning.
A city with something for everyone! Whether you enjoy art and music, the outdoors, eating and shopping local, or all of the above.
There are many great rock faces to scramble up in the Western North Carolina area.
Discover America’s largest home, magnificent gardens, award-winning winery, great shopping and delicious dining.
The Lake is 3,000 feet in elevation and offers to visitors many activities ranging from boating and fishing, to swimming and sightseeing.
A short falls but in a cozy setting, this one is worth a stop if you’re on the main trail.
The 4500-acre Needmore Tract was purchased by the State of North Carolina in January of 2004 as a nature preserve.
The waterfall is a high, steep slide with an open canopy before veering sideways into some smaller cascades that end under the trees.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
Lying in the mountains and valleys of western North Carolina it is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina
Wayah Bald provides a beautiful view of Franklin and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains.
A family Theme Park and Zoo, Santa’s Land is an enchanted Christmas theme park everyone will love.
The River Arts District is home to many studio artists of all mediums.
A neat sliding cascade, which drops into a huge, deep pool.
This city is set up beautifully along the banks of Lake Lure, offering visitors a great balance between outdoor adventure, rest, and relaxation.
Catawba Falls is one of Western North Carolina’s exceptional Blue Ridge waterfalls
The St. Lawrence Basilica is a beautiful and historic part of Asheville.
Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains atop a plateau, Cashiers is a great spot for the whole family to visit and experience the beauty of Western North Carolina.
The Asheville Art Museum is the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina.
The Tavern is where you go to get served up some pub style food in Bryson City.
A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.
Indian Creek Falls is the largest waterfall in the Deep Creek area when it comes to the volume of water flowing across it.
The Brown Mountain Lights create an uncanny light show that has been described in many ways from being like a glowing ball of fire, to being a bursting skyrocket, or a pale almost white light.
Tsali has 39 miles of trails in a four loop system that wind around the Fontana Lake and through US Forest Service Land.