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.
A historic shopping center located downtown Asheville that is famous for its beautifully restored architecture from the 1920s.
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.
This river has become the centerpoint for a visit to the Grandfather Ranger District
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 highest dam east of the Rockies is located just 35 miles West of Bryson City, North Carolina.
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.
For great family rafting fun enjoy the Class I rapids of the Tuckaseigee River.
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.
Wayah Bald provides a beautiful view of Franklin and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains.
Bryson City’s most unique ice cream parlor takes you beck to the old days right when you step foot inside the door.
Disc Golf is an activity that is quickly on the rise in Western North Carolina.
A city with something for everyone! Whether you enjoy art and music, the outdoors, eating and shopping local, or all of the above.
Some of the most beautiful golf courses you will ever play on can be found amongst the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina.
Located at its original site, Mingus Mill stands as a tribute to the test of time.
This village is an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community.
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Offering up Italian favorites to locals and visitors to Bryson City, NC.
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.
Visiting Weaverville means having a chance for you and your family to experience life at a slower pace.
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.
The Mills River area is the largest in the Pisgah Ranger District.
Cabins in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are as unique as each family who owns them.
Cataloochee is a ski area located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The area has fourteen ski slopes and trails.
Catawba Falls is one of Western North Carolina’s exceptional Blue Ridge waterfalls
This is a long tumbling cascade and slide, with a few free falling sections.
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.
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.
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.
Shining Rock became one of the original components of the Wilderness System in September 1964. It is the largest Wilderness area in North Carolina.
These trails travel along the shores and hills beside Lake Chatuge, and all trails are open to mountain biking and hiking.
A great small town experience in the heart of the Appalachian mountains.
Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.
A mecca for outdoor adventure lovers makes Boone a great place to visit and live.
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 Hazel Creek area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park is rich with history about Western North Carolina and early Appalachia.
The Diner, as locals refer to it has been serving up traditional breakfast dishes and lunch specials to patrons for many years.
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.
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 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.
A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.
The Mountain Farm Museum has a collection of southern Appalachian farm buildings assembled from different locations throughout the Park.
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 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 ultimate Western North Carolina destination for gambling and late night entertainment.
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 Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
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).
The St. Lawrence Basilica is a beautiful and historic part of Asheville.
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.
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.
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.
Situated in a valley surrounded by the Smoky Mountains, Maggie Valley is a fun city to visit for the entire family.
A valley full of historic buildings, wildlife, and beauty, this is a great family destination inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Middle Prong Wilderness lies west of the Shining Rock Wilderness.
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.
Pisgah View Ranch is a Western North Carolina Dude Ranch that offers a horse ranch get a way for Family and Guests.
This city is set up beautifully along the banks of Lake Lure, offering visitors a great balance between outdoor adventure, rest, and relaxation.
Sylva is the closest city to Western Carolina University; and is another great location for exploring the great outdoors.
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”.
Saddle up for some of the most beautiful horseback ridding that you have ever done!
This very popular activity is mainly enjoyed in the water of Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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 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.
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.
Tucked away in the mountains on Western North Carolina is this small town with a unique charm.
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.
The River Arts District is home to many studio artists of all mediums.
Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to locals and visitors weekly.
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.
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.
318 curves in 11 miles is the ultimate thrill ride for many motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts when visiting Western North Carolina.
Known as “The Crown of the Blue Ridge”, Blowing Rock is a special place to many visitors and residents alike.
Western North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful and exciting single track trails in the Southeast.
Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.
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 Lake is 3,000 feet in elevation and offers to visitors many activities ranging from boating and fishing, to swimming and sightseeing.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area.
Asheville hottest music venue and social club.
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.
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.
Blowing Rock is an interesting place where folklore and history abound.
The number one choice for accommodations is Western North Carolina is the great outdoors!
A beautiful and historic park located in the center of downtown Asheville.
If the casino is too big for you then try your luck at Cherokee’s Tribal Bingo.
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.
This falls begins as sliding cascade just uphill of NC Hwy. 28.
The Tavern is where you go to get served up some pub style food in Bryson City.
A short falls but in a cozy setting, this one is worth a stop if you’re on the main trail.
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.
Located at the top of this mountain, in Maggie Valley, is a mile high fun center with an old west setting.
The Cherokee Indian Museum contains a unique collection of original artifacts used by the Cherokee Indians many years ago.
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, […]
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.
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.