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.
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.
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.
Discover America’s largest home, magnificent gardens, award-winning winery, great shopping and delicious dining.
This river has become the centerpoint for a visit to the Grandfather Ranger District
This historic city offers a hometown experience where your family can watch local craftsmen demonstrate and age-old technique.
The 4500-acre Needmore Tract was purchased by the State of North Carolina in January of 2004 as a nature preserve.
The Cradle of Forestry in America is a 6,500 acre Historic Site within the Pisgah National Forest.
An attractive, two-tiered cascade with some free-falling sections, across tilted rocks.
Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.
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 River Arts District is home to many studio artists of all mediums.
Some of the most beautiful golf courses you will ever play on can be found amongst the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina.
These trails travel along the shores and hills beside Lake Chatuge, and all trails are open to mountain biking and hiking.
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.
This is a long slide in two main parts. Only the lower part is visible from the overlook constructed by the park.
The highest dam east of the Rockies is located just 35 miles West of Bryson City, 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.
Water is one thing there is not a shortage of when you come to the mountains of Western North Carolina.
The Middle Prong Wilderness lies west of the Shining Rock Wilderness.
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.
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.
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.
Soco Falls is located on the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) just beside US Hwy. 19, between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC
The North Carolina Bartram Trail, blazed in yellow, crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of the state.
Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals is the home of many native Black Bears along with non-native Grizzlies, Lemurs, a Tiger, and a Monkey.
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 Davidson River watershed is one of the most popular area for outdoor recreation within the Pisgah National Forest.
The Tavern is where you go to get served up some pub style food in Bryson City.
Fishing is one of the main activities that brings sportsman both young and old to the area.
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.
Skiing and Snowboarding is a great winter activity here in Western North Carolina.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
There are many great rock faces to scramble up in the Western North Carolina area.
A beautiful and historic park located in the center of downtown Asheville.
The Pisgah National Forest consists of over half a million acres of forest surrounding Mt. Pisgah.
The ultimate Western North Carolina destination for gambling and late night entertainment.
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.
Located at its original site, Mingus Mill stands as a tribute to the test of time.
This small town located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is literally a ‘base camp” for anything outdoor related.
A combination of free falls and cascades. This is one of the most photogenic waterfalls around.
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.
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 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.
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.
Hayesville in known as “The Best Kept Secret in North Carolina” by Western North Carolina locals, and rightly so.
Visiting Weaverville means having a chance for you and your family to experience life at a slower pace.
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.
This a location full of decadent and delightful desserts that are bursting with unique and interesting flavors.
Specializing in fresh baked Amish style goods, the Stoltzfus family has been baking great things for Bryson City for a long time.
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, […]
Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.
Cataloochee is a ski area located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The area has fourteen ski slopes and trails.
Darnell Farms offers many weekend festivals: Strawberry Jam Festival, Tomatoefest and Timberfest plus a Corn Maze depending on the season.
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 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.
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 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.
Located on a 42-acre Natural Heritage site the center has many species of wildlife, gardens, trails, indoor exhibits and farm animals.
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.
Bryson City’s most unique ice cream parlor takes you beck to the old days right when you step foot inside the door.
A wooden fire tower at the summit provides hikers with amazing 360 degree views of the mountains of western North Carolina.
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.
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.
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.
This is a long tumbling cascade and slide, with a few free falling sections.
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.
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.
This village is an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community.
Pisgah View Ranch is a Western North Carolina Dude Ranch that offers a horse ranch get a way for Family and Guests.
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.
Deep inside of Humpback Mountain lie the Linville Caverns, North Carolina’s only caverns.
This falls is not high, but it’s absolutely beautiful and accessible via a fairly easy hike.
Averaging 1,400′ deep, the Linville Gorge was carved by the Linville River on its way down the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
A mecca for outdoor adventure lovers makes Boone a great place to visit and live.
This beautiful distinguished city is full of upscale dinning and shopping locations and surrounded by some of the south’s most prestigious golf clubs.
Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area.
For great family rafting fun enjoy the Class I rapids of the Tuckaseigee River.
A historic shopping center located downtown Asheville that is famous for its beautifully restored architecture from the 1920s.
318 curves in 11 miles is the ultimate thrill ride for many motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts when visiting Western North Carolina.
A family Theme Park and Zoo, Santa’s Land is an enchanted Christmas theme park everyone will love.
The Cherokee Indian Museum contains a unique collection of original artifacts used by the Cherokee Indians many years ago.
The number one choice for accommodations is Western North Carolina is the great outdoors!
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.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
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.
This is an a small, steep, attractive cascade surrounded by laurel and rhododendron.
A small town located deep in Western North Carolina offering a charming small town experience for all visitors.
Some consider this the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
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.
A high, cascading slide in an pretty cove.
The falls is know for its rainbows, which can be seen in the ample mist they produce.
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 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.
Sylva is the closest city to Western Carolina University; and is another great location for exploring the great outdoors.