Cabins in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are as unique as each family who owns them.
Specializing in fresh baked Amish style goods, the Stoltzfus family has been baking great things for Bryson City for a long time.
This very popular activity is mainly enjoyed in the water of Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
Sylva is the closest city to Western Carolina University; and is another great location for exploring the great outdoors.
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.
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.
A small mountain town rich with history and a love for the mountains that surrounded it.
For great family rafting fun enjoy the Class I rapids of the Tuckaseigee River.
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.
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.
These trails travel along the shores and hills beside Lake Chatuge, and all trails are open to mountain biking and hiking.
This falls is not high, but it’s absolutely beautiful and accessible via a fairly easy hike.
The Middle Prong Wilderness lies west of the Shining Rock Wilderness.
The Hazel Creek area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park is rich with history about Western North Carolina and early Appalachia.
The Grove Park Inn is a Beautiful Resort and Spa that attract thousands of visitors every year.
Bryson City’s most unique ice cream parlor takes you beck to the old days right when you step foot inside the door.
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.
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.
Averaging 1,400′ deep, the Linville Gorge was carved by the Linville River on its way down the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
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.
The area around Hot Springs is full of opportunities to get outdoors and have a blast.
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 […]
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 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.
Tucked away in the mountains on Western North Carolina is this small town with a unique charm.
A small town located deep in Western North Carolina offering a charming small town experience for all visitors.
“The Road To Nowhere”, as most local residents call it, is a 6-mile scenic drive into the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where it dead-ends
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.
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, […]
Known as “The Crown of the Blue Ridge”, Blowing Rock is a special place to many visitors and residents alike.
This city is set up beautifully along the banks of Lake Lure, offering visitors a great balance between outdoor adventure, rest, and relaxation.
There are many pristine lakes that can be enjoyed by boaters, wake-boarders, water skiers, or just lake lovers.
Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.
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.
This is an a small, steep, attractive cascade surrounded by laurel and rhododendron.
A valley full of historic buildings, wildlife, and beauty, this is a great family destination inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
A short falls but in a cozy setting, this one is worth a stop if you’re on the main trail.
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.
A city with something for everyone! Whether you enjoy art and music, the outdoors, eating and shopping local, or all of the above.
A combination of free falls and cascades. This is one of the most photogenic waterfalls around.
This beautiful distinguished city is full of upscale dinning and shopping locations and surrounded by some of the south’s most prestigious golf clubs.
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.
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.
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.
Some of the most beautiful golf courses you will ever play on can be found amongst the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina.
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.
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.
Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area.
Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.
This falls begins as sliding cascade just uphill of NC Hwy. 28.
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.
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.
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.
The water is clear, and in higher water the falls feels pretty powerful despite the creek’s relatively small size.
The St. Lawrence Basilica is a beautiful and historic part of Asheville.
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 […]
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 4500-acre Needmore Tract was purchased by the State of North Carolina in January of 2004 as a nature preserve.
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.
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 highest dam east of the Rockies is located just 35 miles West of Bryson City, North Carolina.
This falls starts with a short drop, which goes into a very long, gentle slide into a deep pool.
Tsali has 39 miles of trails in a four loop system that wind around the Fontana Lake and through US Forest Service Land.
The Diner, as locals refer to it has been serving up traditional breakfast dishes and lunch specials to patrons for many years.
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.
Lying in the mountains and valleys of western North Carolina it is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina
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.
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.
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.
This small town located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is literally a ‘base camp” for anything outdoor related.
Offers trips that encompass everything that’s great about Western North Carolina-hiking, picnicking, swimming, and a thrilling jet boat ride.
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.
A historic shopping center located downtown Asheville that is famous for its beautifully restored architecture from the 1920s.
Indian Creek Falls is the largest waterfall in the Deep Creek area when it comes to the volume of water flowing across it.
A collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.
Western North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful and exciting single track trails in the Southeast.
Shining Rock became one of the original components of the Wilderness System in September 1964. It is the largest Wilderness area in North Carolina.
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.
Soco Falls is located on the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) just beside US Hwy. 19, between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC
A neat sliding cascade, which drops into a huge, deep pool.
Cataloochee is a ski area located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The area has fourteen ski slopes and trails.
The Cherokee Skate Park is not only a great place to skateboard, bmx, or ride anything with wheels.
The Cradle of Forestry in America is a 6,500 acre Historic Site within the Pisgah National Forest.
The number one choice for accommodations is Western North Carolina is the great outdoors!
Situated in a valley surrounded by the Smoky Mountains, Maggie Valley is a fun city to visit for the entire family.
Mouse Creek Falls pours into the larger Big Creek, which is one of the clearest and most pristine waterways in the Park.
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A great small town experience in the heart of the Appalachian mountains.
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.
Bent Creek’s watershed contains a collection of trails for all kinds of hikes, for beginners and familes to advanced hiking groups.
The Choo Choo Coffee Company is not just a coffee shop, it offers much more than that to its patrons.
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.
Catawba Falls is one of Western North Carolina’s exceptional Blue Ridge waterfalls
Wayah Bald provides a beautiful view of Franklin and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains.
A family Theme Park and Zoo, Santa’s Land is an enchanted Christmas theme park everyone will love.
Western North Carolina is a special place in the kayaking world.
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.