The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
A small town located deep in Western North Carolina offering a charming small town experience for all visitors.
Darnell Farms offers many weekend festivals: Strawberry Jam Festival, Tomatoefest and Timberfest plus a Corn Maze depending on the season.
A family Theme Park and Zoo, Santa’s Land is an enchanted Christmas theme park everyone will love.
Thousands of miles of trails can be found to hike in Western North Carolina, whether you find yourself in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or one of the many National Forests. There are tons of trails to choose from that vary in length and difficulty, but no matter which one is for you there […]
This city is set up beautifully along the banks of Lake Lure, offering visitors a great balance between outdoor adventure, rest, and relaxation.
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 neat sliding cascade, which drops into a huge, deep pool.
The Spectacular Mingo Falls located in Cherokee, NC are over 120 feet high and are rated one of the most impressive falls in Western North Carolina.
At 4629 feet elevation, this grassy summit is not the highest mountain around, but it is considered by some to be the “crown jewel of the Appalachian Trail”.
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.
Do you remember the atmosphere that was portrayed on the show “Cheers”? Well, if you do Mountain Perks is Bryson City’s Cheers.
For great family rafting fun enjoy the Class I rapids of the Tuckaseigee River.
Located at the top of this mountain, in Maggie Valley, is a mile high fun center with an old west setting.
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, […]
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, established in 1934, covers 520,408 acres of land with heights ranging from 840 feet at Abrams Creek to 6,643 feet at Clingmans Dome.
Wayah Bald provides a beautiful view of Franklin and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains.
Soco Falls is located on the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) just beside US Hwy. 19, between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC
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.
The Middle Prong Wilderness lies west of the Shining Rock Wilderness.
Indian Creek Falls is the largest waterfall in the Deep Creek area when it comes to the volume of water flowing across it.
Surrounded by the Appalachian mountains Waynesville has so much to offer within a short drive from outdoor activities to shopping and dinning.
Sometimes to see the things you want to see in Western North Carolina it requires you to hike for multiple days, and we love it.
The Lake is 3,000 feet in elevation and offers to visitors many activities ranging from boating and fishing, to swimming and sightseeing.
Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.
Hayesville in known as “The Best Kept Secret in North Carolina” by Western North Carolina locals, and rightly so.
This beautiful distinguished city is full of upscale dinning and shopping locations and surrounded by some of the south’s most prestigious golf clubs.
Known as “The Crown of the Blue Ridge”, Blowing Rock is a special place to many visitors and residents alike.
Lying in the mountains and valleys of western North Carolina it is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina
A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.
This is a long tumbling cascade and slide, with a few free falling sections.
“The Road To Nowhere”, as most local residents call it, is a 6-mile scenic drive into the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where it dead-ends
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 Mountain Farm Museum has a collection of southern Appalachian farm buildings assembled from different locations throughout the Park.
Nature trails, parks and scenic roadways abound in Western NC. Walk the Appalachian Trail; explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Nantahala National Forest, or Pisgah National Forest; or drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherohala Skyway, or Mountain Waters Scenic Byway. There is fun for everyone in Western NC.
In Western North Carolina you will be able to find a very calm river or one that is a little more raging, depending on what suits you best.
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.
The Mills River area is the largest in the Pisgah Ranger District.
The area around Hot Springs is full of opportunities to get outdoors and have a blast.
A mecca for outdoor adventure lovers makes Boone a great place to visit and live.
A collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.
A great small town experience in the heart of the Appalachian mountains.
One of the most compelling outdoor dramas, Unto These Hills, tells the tragic story of how the Cherokee ancestors were forcefully driven out of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Tsali has 39 miles of trails in a four loop system that wind around the Fontana Lake and through US Forest Service Land.
Sylva is the closest city to Western Carolina University; and is another great location for exploring the great outdoors.
Averaging 1,400′ deep, the Linville Gorge was carved by the Linville River on its way down the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
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.
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 unique sandwich shop located in the heart of downtown Bryson City, where a wide variety menu serving up signature deli sandwiches, salad, soups, and more can be found.
A city with something for everyone! Whether you enjoy art and music, the outdoors, eating and shopping local, or all of the above.
This is an a small, steep, attractive cascade surrounded by laurel and rhododendron.
Pisgah View Ranch is a Western North Carolina Dude Ranch that offers a horse ranch get a way for Family and Guests.
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.
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.
The North Carolina Bartram Trail, blazed in yellow, crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of the state.
This a location full of decadent and delightful desserts that are bursting with unique and interesting flavors.
Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to locals and visitors weekly.
Cabins in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are as unique as each family who owns them.
Blowing Rock is an interesting place where folklore and history abound.
Visiting Weaverville means having a chance for you and your family to experience life at a slower pace.
A beautiful and historic park located in the center of downtown Asheville.
Deep inside of Humpback Mountain lie the Linville Caverns, North Carolina’s only caverns.
The number one choice for accommodations is Western North Carolina is the great outdoors!
318 curves in 11 miles is the ultimate thrill ride for many motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts when visiting Western North Carolina.
Specializing in fresh baked Amish style goods, the Stoltzfus family has been baking great things for Bryson City for a long time.
Disc Golf is an activity that is quickly on the rise in Western North Carolina.
The St. Lawrence Basilica is a beautiful and historic part of Asheville.
This small town located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is literally a ‘base camp” for anything outdoor related.
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.
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.
Situated in a valley surrounded by the Smoky Mountains, Maggie Valley is a fun city to visit for the entire family.
The falls are not tall, but they are pretty, and spill into a neat little pool.
Western North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful and exciting single track trails in the Southeast.
This paved two-lane road climbs to elevations over 5300 feet and extends over 50 miles. In April 1997, the state of North Carolina declared it a Scenic Byway.
This falls is not high, but it’s absolutely beautiful and accessible via a fairly easy hike.
A valley full of historic buildings, wildlife, and beauty, this is a great family destination inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Bent Creek’s watershed contains a collection of trails for all kinds of hikes, for beginners and familes to advanced hiking groups.
Asheville, NC – This 18 hole disc golf course is one of the most played courses in Asheville. It features a wide range of obstacles and is pretty difficult as you throw through the woods, over valleys, and down ridges.
Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area.
The waterfall is a high, steep slide with an open canopy before veering sideways into some smaller cascades that end under the trees.
This area of the Pisgah National Forest, located along the upper reaches of the Ivy River, has long been known by locals as the Coleman Boundary.
This excellent loop, designated a National Recreation Trail, climbs to the top of Whiteside Mountain, with its spectacular 700′ high cliff walls lofting the hiker for amazing views.
Water is one thing there is not a shortage of when you come to the mountains of Western North Carolina.
This historic city offers a hometown experience where your family can watch local craftsmen demonstrate and age-old technique.
A community that takes pride in it’s small hometown atmosphere makes Canton a city full of heritage and history.
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.
Sitting on the banks of Deep Creek, Camp Living Water offers week-long Christian camps and High Trek Adventures for various age groups from 7 to 18.
There are many great rock faces to scramble up in the Western North Carolina area.
This village is an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community.
Offers trips that encompass everything that’s great about Western North Carolina-hiking, picnicking, swimming, and a thrilling jet boat ride.
The River Arts District is home to many studio artists of all mediums.
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.
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.
The Choo Choo Coffee Company is not just a coffee shop, it offers much more than that to its patrons.
A historic shopping center located downtown Asheville that is famous for its beautifully restored architecture from the 1920s.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,159.1-mile foot trail along the ridge crests and through the major valleys of the Appalachian Mountains.
The Asheville Art Museum is the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina.
Some consider this the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.