Dillsboro is a small city where you can take a step back in time and tour around the downtown area visiting shops, restaurants, and art galleries that are held within historic buildings.
Catawba Falls is one of Western North Carolina’s exceptional Blue Ridge waterfalls
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.
Specializing in fresh baked Amish style goods, the Stoltzfus family has been baking great things for Bryson City for a long time.
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.
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.
The Asheville Art Museum is the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina.
Saddle up for some of the most beautiful horseback ridding that you have ever done!
Lying in the mountains and valleys of western North Carolina it is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina
Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.
The River Arts District is home to many studio artists of all mediums.
Soco Falls is located on the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) just beside US Hwy. 19, between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC
A scenic roadway, which travels 469 miles to connect the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee.
The number one choice for accommodations is Western North Carolina is the great outdoors!
The St. Lawrence Basilica is a beautiful and historic part of Asheville.
Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours.
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.
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.
This beautiful distinguished city is full of upscale dinning and shopping locations and surrounded by some of the south’s most prestigious golf clubs.
Offering up Italian favorites to locals and visitors to Bryson City, NC.
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.
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.
Famous for its Catawba Rhododendron gardens with its brilliant purple flowers in spring, the Roan is a wonderful place to visit and hike any time of the year.
A neat sliding cascade, which drops into a huge, deep pool.
Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.
Leaf Lookers come from all around to see the Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains of Western NC as they change colors in the Fall of the year.
A mecca for outdoor adventure lovers makes Boone a great place to visit and live.
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 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 Diner, as locals refer to it has been serving up traditional breakfast dishes and lunch specials to patrons for many years.
Indian Creek Falls is the largest waterfall in the Deep Creek area when it comes to the volume of water flowing across it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bent Creek’s watershed contains a collection of trails for all kinds of hikes, for beginners and familes to advanced hiking groups.
A short falls but in a cozy setting, this one is worth a stop if you’re on the main trail.
Do you remember the atmosphere that was portrayed on the show “Cheers”? Well, if you do Mountain Perks is Bryson City’s Cheers.
A historic shopping center located downtown Asheville that is famous for its beautifully restored architecture from the 1920s.
This small town located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is literally a ‘base camp” for anything outdoor related.
The North Carolina Bartram Trail, blazed in yellow, crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of the state.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
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 Lake is 3,000 feet in elevation and offers to visitors many activities ranging from boating and fishing, to swimming and sightseeing.
Blowing Rock is an interesting place where folklore and history abound.
Located at its original site, Mingus Mill stands as a tribute to the test of time.
This is an a small, steep, attractive cascade surrounded by laurel and rhododendron.
A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.
Situated in a valley surrounded by the Smoky Mountains, Maggie Valley is a fun city to visit for the entire family.
Western North Carolina is a special place in the kayaking world.
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.
North Carolina’s longest trail, the North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail, is an ambitious project to provide a foot path linking the Mountains in the West to the Coastal Plain in the East.
The Hazel Creek area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park is rich with history about Western North Carolina and early Appalachia.
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.
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.
Some consider this the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
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.
Pisgah View Ranch is a Western North Carolina Dude Ranch that offers a horse ranch get a way for Family and Guests.
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.
This falls is not high, but it’s absolutely beautiful and accessible via a fairly easy hike.
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.
This is a long slide in two main parts. Only the lower part is visible from the overlook constructed by the park.
A combination of free falls and cascades. This is one of the most photogenic waterfalls around.
A privately owned National Heritage Site, Chimney Rock Park encompasses 1000 acres, including rock formation seen here with a 360 degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Fishing is one of the main activities that brings sportsman both young and old to the area.
These trails travel along the shores and hills beside Lake Chatuge, and all trails are open to mountain biking and hiking.
A small town located deep in Western North Carolina offering a charming small town experience for all visitors.
The falls are not tall, but they are pretty, and spill into a neat little pool.
The Middle Prong Wilderness lies west of the Shining Rock Wilderness.
Discover America’s largest home, magnificent gardens, award-winning winery, great shopping and delicious dining.
Tucked away in the mountains on Western North Carolina is this small town with a unique charm.
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.
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.
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 […]
A valley full of historic buildings, wildlife, and beauty, this is a great family destination inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
318 curves in 11 miles is the ultimate thrill ride for many motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts when visiting Western North Carolina.
This a location full of decadent and delightful desserts that are bursting with unique and interesting flavors.
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 very popular activity is mainly enjoyed in the water of Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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.
A collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.
Sylva is the closest city to Western Carolina University; and is another great location for exploring the great outdoors.
Darnell Farms offers many weekend festivals: Strawberry Jam Festival, Tomatoefest and Timberfest plus a Corn Maze depending on the season.
A beautiful and historic park located in the center of downtown Asheville.
The Grove Park Inn is a Beautiful Resort and Spa that attract thousands of visitors every year.
Skiing and Snowboarding is a great winter activity here in Western North Carolina.
If the casino is too big for you then try your luck at Cherokee’s Tribal Bingo.
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.
The Mills River area is the largest in the Pisgah Ranger District.
Cataloochee is a ski area located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The area has fourteen ski slopes and trails.
Bryson City’s most unique ice cream parlor takes you beck to the old days right when you step foot inside the door.
A great small town experience in the heart of the Appalachian mountains.
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.
The 4500-acre Needmore Tract was purchased by the State of North Carolina in January of 2004 as a nature preserve.
Wayah Bald provides a beautiful view of Franklin and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains.
Shining Rock became one of the original components of the Wilderness System in September 1964. It is the largest Wilderness area in North Carolina.
The Pisgah National Forest consists of over half a million acres of forest surrounding Mt. Pisgah.
Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area.
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.
A city with something for everyone! Whether you enjoy art and music, the outdoors, eating and shopping local, or all of the above.