Fishing is one of the main activities that brings sportsman both young and old to the area.
Shining Rock became one of the original components of the Wilderness System in September 1964. It is the largest Wilderness area in North Carolina.
Located at its original site, Mingus Mill stands as a tribute to the test of time.
Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.
Disc Golf is an activity that is quickly on the rise in Western North Carolina.
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 small but beautiful waterfall that is located only a few minutes hike form the Deep Creek Parking Area.
Discover America’s largest home, magnificent gardens, award-winning winery, great shopping and delicious dining.
A combination of free falls and cascades. This is one of the most photogenic waterfalls around.
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 waterfall is a narrow tumble and cascade into a deep trough, that opens up and spills out into a deep pool – a fantastic swimming hole (if the water isn’t super high).
318 curves in 11 miles is the ultimate thrill ride for many motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts when visiting Western North Carolina.
A small town located deep in Western North Carolina offering a charming small town experience for all visitors.
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.
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.
Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area.
This village is an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community.
The ultimate Western North Carolina destination for gambling and late night entertainment.
This falls begins as sliding cascade just uphill of NC Hwy. 28.
There are many great rock faces to scramble up in the Western North Carolina area.
This a location full of decadent and delightful desserts that are bursting with unique and interesting flavors.
This small town located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is literally a ‘base camp” for anything outdoor related.
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.
Tucked away in the mountains on Western North Carolina is this small town with a unique charm.
This is a long tumbling cascade and slide, with a few free falling sections.
An attractive, two-tiered cascade with some free-falling sections, across tilted rocks.
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 Pisgah National Forest consists of over half a million acres of forest surrounding Mt. Pisgah.
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.
Sylva is the closest city to Western Carolina University; and is another great location for exploring the great outdoors.
A collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.
A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.
This city is set up beautifully along the banks of Lake Lure, offering visitors a great balance between outdoor adventure, rest, and relaxation.
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.
Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals is the home of many native Black Bears along with non-native Grizzlies, Lemurs, a Tiger, and a Monkey.
Some consider this the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
A beautiful and historic park located in the center of downtown Asheville.
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 falls are not tall, but they are pretty, and spill into a neat little pool.
Known as “The Crown of the Blue Ridge”, Blowing Rock is a special place to many visitors and residents alike.
Averaging 1,400′ deep, the Linville Gorge was carved by the Linville River on its way down the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
Cabins in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are as unique as each family who owns them.
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.
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 […]
Indian Creek Falls is the largest waterfall in the Deep Creek area when it comes to the volume of water flowing across it.
The St. Lawrence Basilica is a beautiful and historic part of Asheville.
A family Theme Park and Zoo, Santa’s Land is an enchanted Christmas theme park everyone will love.
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.
Offering up Italian favorites to locals and visitors to Bryson City, NC.
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.
Catawba Falls is one of Western North Carolina’s exceptional Blue Ridge waterfalls
For great family rafting fun enjoy the Class I rapids of the Tuckaseigee River.
The falls is know for its rainbows, which can be seen in the ample mist they produce.
Deep inside of Humpback Mountain lie the Linville Caverns, North Carolina’s only caverns.
Specializing in fresh baked Amish style goods, the Stoltzfus family has been baking great things for Bryson City for a long time.
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 River Arts District is home to many studio artists of all mediums.
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.
Saddle up for some of the most beautiful horseback ridding that you have ever done!
The Grove Park Inn is a Beautiful Resort and Spa that attract thousands of visitors every year.
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.
A small mountain town rich with history and a love for the mountains that surrounded it.
Wayah Bald provides a beautiful view of Franklin and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains.
The Lake is 3,000 feet in elevation and offers to visitors many activities ranging from boating and fishing, to swimming and sightseeing.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
This river has become the centerpoint for a visit to the Grandfather Ranger District
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.
The Cherokee Skate Park is not only a great place to skateboard, bmx, or ride anything with wheels.
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.
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 Tavern is where you go to get served up some pub style food in Bryson City.
Skiing and Snowboarding is a great winter activity here in Western North Carolina.
The Cradle of Forestry in America is a 6,500 acre Historic Site within the Pisgah National Forest.
Visiting Weaverville means having a chance for you and your family to experience life at a slower pace.
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.
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.
The Asheville Art Museum is the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina.
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.
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.
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.
The Mills River area is the largest in the Pisgah Ranger District.
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.
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.
Do you remember the atmosphere that was portrayed on the show “Cheers”? Well, if you do Mountain Perks is Bryson City’s Cheers.
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.
Darnell Farms offers many weekend festivals: Strawberry Jam Festival, Tomatoefest and Timberfest plus a Corn Maze depending on the season.
The area around Hot Springs is full of opportunities to get outdoors and have a blast.
This is one of the most popular destination for visitors to the park, attracts more than two million visitors a year because of its well-preserved homesteads, scenic vistas, and abundant display of wildlife.
The Middle Prong Wilderness lies west of the Shining Rock Wilderness.
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.
Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.
A high, cascading slide in an pretty cove.
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 […]
A mecca for outdoor adventure lovers makes Boone a great place to visit and live.
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.
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.
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, […]
This falls is not high, but it’s absolutely beautiful and accessible via a fairly easy hike.