Specializing in fresh baked Amish style goods, the Stoltzfus family has been baking great things for Bryson City for a long time.
The Cherokee Indian Museum contains a unique collection of original artifacts used by the Cherokee Indians many years ago.
The River Arts District is home to many studio artists of all mediums.
The Diner, as locals refer to it has been serving up traditional breakfast dishes and lunch specials to patrons for many years.
The Nantahala River offers the thrill and excitement of riding river rapids in a raft, canoe or kayak while enjoying the scenic Nantahala National Forest that surrounds it.
Visiting Weaverville means having a chance for you and your family to experience life at a slower pace.
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.
Western North Carolina is a special place in the kayaking world.
The waterfall is a high, steep slide with an open canopy before veering sideways into some smaller cascades that end under the trees.
The Mountain Farm Museum has a collection of southern Appalachian farm buildings assembled from different locations throughout the Park.
Averaging 1,400′ deep, the Linville Gorge was carved by the Linville River on its way down the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
A small but beautiful waterfall that is located only a few minutes hike form the Deep Creek Parking Area.
Indian Creek Falls is the largest waterfall in the Deep Creek area when it comes to the volume of water flowing across it.
Known as “The Crown of the Blue Ridge”, Blowing Rock is a special place to many visitors and residents alike.
Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.
Discover America’s largest home, magnificent gardens, award-winning winery, great shopping and delicious dining.
Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to locals and visitors weekly.
This falls begins as sliding cascade just uphill of NC Hwy. 28.
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.
Some of the most beautiful golf courses you will ever play on can be found amongst the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina.
The falls are not tall, but they are pretty, and spill into a neat little pool.
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.
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.
This impressive, multi-streamed cascade has a roadside view, but accessing it can be dangerous. US Hwy. 64 has cliffs on both sides and is narrow and curvy here.
Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals is the home of many native Black Bears along with non-native Grizzlies, Lemurs, a Tiger, and a Monkey.
This very popular activity is mainly enjoyed in the water of Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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.
A small mountain town rich with history and a love for the mountains that surrounded it.
Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours.
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.
Do you remember the atmosphere that was portrayed on the show “Cheers”? Well, if you do Mountain Perks is Bryson City’s Cheers.
Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area.
Located in the heart of Asheville, North Carolina is educational Pack Place.
Located on a 42-acre Natural Heritage site the center has many species of wildlife, gardens, trails, indoor exhibits and farm animals.
The creek can have a decent flow during wet weather, but it spreads out wide across this bumpy rock outcrop, forming lots of little falls over the mini ledges and giving it lots of character.
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.
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.
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 […]
The highest dam east of the Rockies is located just 35 miles West of Bryson City, North Carolina.
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.
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.
Cabins in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are as unique as each family who owns them.
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.
Deep inside of Humpback Mountain lie the Linville Caverns, North Carolina’s only caverns.
The Hazel Creek area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park is rich with history about Western North Carolina and early Appalachia.
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 not high, but it’s absolutely beautiful and accessible via a fairly easy hike.
For great family rafting fun enjoy the Class I rapids of the Tuckaseigee River.
A small town located deep in Western North Carolina offering a charming small town experience for all visitors.
The falls is know for its rainbows, which can be seen in the ample mist they produce.
Some consider this the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
Bent Creek’s watershed contains a collection of trails for all kinds of hikes, for beginners and familes to advanced hiking groups.
The ultimate Western North Carolina destination for gambling and late night entertainment.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
A family Theme Park and Zoo, Santa’s Land is an enchanted Christmas theme park everyone will love.
A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.
There are many great rock faces to scramble up in the Western North Carolina area.
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 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.
Fishing is one of the main activities that brings sportsman both young and old to the area.
The Tavern is where you go to get served up some pub style food in Bryson City.
The Mills River area is the largest in the Pisgah Ranger District.
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.
There are many pristine lakes that can be enjoyed by boaters, wake-boarders, water skiers, or just lake lovers.
Located at the top of this mountain, in Maggie Valley, is a mile high fun center with an old west setting.
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.
A short falls but in a cozy setting, this one is worth a stop if you’re on the main trail.
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.
Darnell Farms offers many weekend festivals: Strawberry Jam Festival, Tomatoefest and Timberfest plus a Corn Maze depending on the season.
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.
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.
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 number one choice for accommodations is Western North Carolina is the great outdoors!
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.
Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.
Pisgah View Ranch is a Western North Carolina Dude Ranch that offers a horse ranch get a way for Family and Guests.
Charlies Bunion is a mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, characterized by a large boulder-like protrusion just below the summit on its otherwise-sheer northern face.
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.
Saddle up for some of the most beautiful horseback ridding that you have ever done!
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.
A historic shopping center located downtown Asheville that is famous for its beautifully restored architecture from the 1920s.
Sylva is the closest city to Western Carolina University; and is another great location for exploring the great outdoors.
Asheville hottest music venue and social club.
Lying in the mountains and valleys of western North Carolina it is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina
This city is set up beautifully along the banks of Lake Lure, offering visitors a great balance between outdoor adventure, rest, and relaxation.
A neat sliding cascade, which drops into a huge, deep pool.
The Pisgah National Forest consists of over half a million acres of forest surrounding Mt. Pisgah.
Bryson City’s most unique ice cream parlor takes you beck to the old days right when you step foot inside the door.
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.
Tsali has 39 miles of trails in a four loop system that wind around the Fontana Lake and through US Forest Service Land.
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.
The 4500-acre Needmore Tract was purchased by the State of North Carolina in January of 2004 as a nature preserve.
A collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.
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 […]
Stand Up Paddling is one of the fastest growing water sports today. It fun, healthy, and can help improve the overall quality of a persons life. Strengthen your core, improve your balance and get to know a part of nature you may be unfamiliar with. Bryson City Outdoors – Come see what all the fuss […]
This a location full of decadent and delightful desserts that are bursting with unique and interesting flavors.
Located at its original site, Mingus Mill stands as a tribute to the test of time.
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.
This historic city offers a hometown experience where your family can watch local craftsmen demonstrate and age-old technique.