Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to locals and visitors weekly.
A wooden fire tower at the summit provides hikers with amazing 360 degree views of the mountains of western North Carolina.
The water is clear, and in higher water the falls feels pretty powerful despite the creek’s relatively small size.
Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours.
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.
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.
Averaging 1,400′ deep, the Linville Gorge was carved by the Linville River on its way down the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
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.
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.
The falls are not tall, but they are pretty, and spill into a neat little pool.
Skiing and Snowboarding is a great winter activity here in Western North Carolina.
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.
Located at the top of this mountain, in Maggie Valley, is a mile high fun center with an old west setting.
This beautiful distinguished city is full of upscale dinning and shopping locations and surrounded by some of the south’s most prestigious golf clubs.
A combination of free falls and cascades. This is one of the most photogenic waterfalls around.
A beautiful and historic park located in the center of downtown Asheville.
Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.
The North Carolina Bartram Trail, blazed in yellow, crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of the state.
A mecca for outdoor adventure lovers makes Boone a great place to visit and live.
The Asheville Art Museum is the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina.
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 […]
A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.
A valley full of historic buildings, wildlife, and beauty, this is a great family destination inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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.
Asheville hottest music venue and social club.
The Tavern is where you go to get served up some pub style food in Bryson City.
Blowing Rock is an interesting place where folklore and history abound.
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.
Offering up Italian favorites to locals and visitors to Bryson City, 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.
This river has become the centerpoint for a visit to the Grandfather Ranger District
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 “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 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.
318 curves in 11 miles is the ultimate thrill ride for many motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts when visiting Western North Carolina.
Water is one thing there is not a shortage of when you come to the mountains of Western North Carolina.
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 small mountain town rich with history and a love for the mountains that surrounded it.
Hayesville in known as “The Best Kept Secret in North Carolina” by Western North Carolina locals, and rightly so.
This very popular activity is mainly enjoyed in the water of Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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.
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.
Cataloochee is a ski area located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The area has fourteen ski slopes and trails.
Surrounded by mountains exceeding 6000′ in elevation, the base of the valley is itself over 5000′, which accounts for some of its unique characteristics. A variety of hiking trails wind throughout the valley for your exploration.
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.
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 tumbling cascade and slide, with a few free falling sections.
This falls starts with a short drop, which goes into a very long, gentle slide into a deep pool.
Darnell Farms offers many weekend festivals: Strawberry Jam Festival, Tomatoefest and Timberfest plus a Corn Maze depending on the season.
Sylva is the closest city to Western Carolina University; and is another great location for exploring the great outdoors.
Lying in the mountains and valleys of western North Carolina it is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina
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.
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.
Cabins in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are as unique as each family who owns them.
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.
If the casino is too big for you then try your luck at Cherokee’s Tribal Bingo.
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.
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.
An attractive, two-tiered cascade with some free-falling sections, across tilted rocks.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
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 number one choice for accommodations is Western North Carolina is 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).
Mouse Creek Falls pours into the larger Big Creek, which is one of the clearest and most pristine waterways in the Park.
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.
Do you remember the atmosphere that was portrayed on the show “Cheers”? Well, if you do Mountain Perks is Bryson City’s Cheers.
Some of the most beautiful golf courses you will ever play on can be found amongst the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina.
This village is an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 Middle Prong Wilderness lies west of the Shining Rock Wilderness.
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.
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”.
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 falls is not high, but it’s absolutely beautiful and accessible via a fairly easy hike.
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 waterfall is a high, steep slide with an open canopy before veering sideways into some smaller cascades that end under the trees.
This city is set up beautifully along the banks of Lake Lure, offering visitors a great balance between outdoor adventure, rest, and relaxation.
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.
Visiting Weaverville means having a chance for you and your family to experience life at a slower pace.
The Diner, as locals refer to it has been serving up traditional breakfast dishes and lunch specials to patrons for many years.
The Cherokee Skate Park is not only a great place to skateboard, bmx, or ride anything with wheels.
The Hazel Creek area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park is rich with history about Western North Carolina and early Appalachia.
A small but beautiful waterfall that is located only a few minutes hike form the Deep Creek Parking Area.
There are many pristine lakes that can be enjoyed by boaters, wake-boarders, water skiers, or just lake lovers.
The Cradle of Forestry in America is a 6,500 acre Historic Site within the Pisgah National Forest.
The Grove Park Inn is a Beautiful Resort and Spa that attract thousands of visitors every year.
Wayah Bald provides a beautiful view of Franklin and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains.
The area around Hot Springs is full of opportunities to get outdoors and have a blast.
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 Lake is 3,000 feet in elevation and offers to visitors many activities ranging from boating and fishing, to swimming and sightseeing.
A city with something for everyone! Whether you enjoy art and music, the outdoors, eating and shopping local, or all of the above.
A collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.
A high, cascading slide in an pretty cove.
Saddle up for some of the most beautiful horseback ridding that you have ever done!
Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals is the home of many native Black Bears along with non-native Grizzlies, Lemurs, a Tiger, and a Monkey.
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.