Flat Rock

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.

Mountain Biking

Western North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful and exciting single track trails in the Southeast.

Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum is the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina.

Panthertown Valley

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.

Biltmore Estate

Discover America’s largest home, magnificent gardens, award-winning winery, great shopping and delicious dining.

Cemeteries on the North Shore of Fontana Lake

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 […]

Clingman’s Dome

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.

Pack Square

A beautiful and historic park located in the center of downtown Asheville.

Rufus Morgan Falls

A high, cascading slide in an pretty cove.

Turtleback Falls

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.

Pisgah View Ranch

Pisgah View Ranch is a Western North Carolina Dude Ranch that offers a horse ranch get a way for Family and Guests.

Mingus Mill

Located at its original site, Mingus Mill stands as a tribute to the test of time.

Linville Gorge

Averaging 1,400′ deep, the Linville Gorge was carved by the Linville River on its way down the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

Chimney Rock Park

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.

Tuckaseegee River

For great family rafting fun enjoy the Class I rapids of the Tuckaseigee River.

Ghost Town in the Sky

Located at the top of this mountain, in Maggie Valley, is a mile high fun center with an old west setting.

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours

Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours.

Choo Choo Coffee Company

The Choo Choo Coffee Company is not just a coffee shop, it offers much more than that to its patrons.

Golf

Some of the most beautiful golf courses you will ever play on can be found amongst the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina.

Roan Mountain

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.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

The ultimate Western North Carolina destination for gambling and late night entertainment.

Richmond Hill Disc Golf Course

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.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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.

Cherokee

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.

Mountains to Sea Trail

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.

Hendersonville

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.

Granny Burrel Falls

This falls starts with a short drop, which goes into a very long, gentle slide into a deep pool.

Fletcher

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.

Fishing

Fishing is one of the main activities that brings sportsman both young and old to the area.

Eastatoe Falls

A combination of free falls and cascades. This is one of the most photogenic waterfalls around.

Weaverville

Visiting Weaverville means having a chance for you and your family to experience life at a slower pace.

Black Balsam Knob

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.

Pack Place

Located in the heart of Asheville, North Carolina is educational Pack Place.

Catawba Falls

Catawba Falls is one of Western North Carolina’s exceptional Blue Ridge waterfalls

Bryson City

This small town located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is literally a ‘base camp” for anything outdoor related.

Nantahala Brewing Company

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.

Smoky Mountain Jet Boats

Offers trips that encompass everything that’s great about Western North Carolina-hiking, picnicking, swimming, and a thrilling jet boat ride.

Robbinsville

Tucked away in the mountains on Western North Carolina is this small town with a unique charm.

Mountain Waters Scenic Byway

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.

Cataloochee Valley

A valley full of historic buildings, wildlife, and beauty, this is a great family destination inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Charlies Bunion

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.

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls pours into the larger Big Creek, which is one of the clearest and most pristine waterways in the Park.

Stoltzfus Bread Basket

Specializing in fresh baked Amish style goods, the Stoltzfus family has been baking great things for Bryson City for a long time.

Big Ivy

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.

Nantahala River

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.

Graveyard Fields

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.

Mount LeConte

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.

Bartram Trail

The North Carolina Bartram Trail, blazed in yellow, crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of the state.

Lake Lure

This city is set up beautifully along the banks of Lake Lure, offering visitors a great balance between outdoor adventure, rest, and relaxation.

Sylva

Sylva is the closest city to Western Carolina University; and is another great location for exploring the great outdoors.

Cashiers

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.

Cullasaja Falls

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.

WNC Nature Center

Located on a 42-acre Natural Heritage site the center has many species of wildlife, gardens, trails, indoor exhibits and farm animals.

Soco Falls

Soco Falls is located on the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) just beside US Hwy. 19, between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC

Grandfather Mountain

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.

Upper Bearwallow Falls

This is a long slide in two main parts. Only the lower part is visible from the overlook constructed by the park.

National Parks & Forests

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.

Greenland Creek Falls

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.

The Filling Station Deli and Sub Shop

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.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf is an activity that is quickly on the rise in Western North Carolina.

News Papers

Listings of local news papers.

Unto These Hills

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.

Anthony’s Restaurante and Pizzeria

Offering up Italian favorites to locals and visitors to Bryson City, NC.

Whitewater Falls

Some consider this the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

Swimming

Water is one thing there is not a shortage of when you come to the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Camp Living Water

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

Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.

Wesser Fire Tower

A wooden fire tower at the summit provides hikers with amazing 360 degree views of the mountains of western North Carolina.

The Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is an interesting place where folklore and history abound.

Brevard

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.

Indian Creek Falls

Indian Creek Falls is the largest waterfall in the Deep Creek area when it comes to the volume of water flowing across it.

Big Creek Falls

The water is clear, and in higher water the falls feels pretty powerful despite the creek’s relatively small size.

Cherokee Bear Zoo

Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals is the home of many native Black Bears along with non-native Grizzlies, Lemurs, a Tiger, and a Monkey.

Appalachian Trail

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.

Mills River Area

The Mills River area is the largest in the Pisgah Ranger District.

High Falls (Beech Creek)

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.

Waynesville

Surrounded by the Appalachian mountains Waynesville has so much to offer within a short drive from outdoor activities to shopping and dinning.

Juneywhank Falls

A small but beautiful waterfall that is located only a few minutes hike form the Deep Creek Parking Area.

Stand Up Paddleboarding

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 […]

Hazel Creek

The Hazel Creek area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park is rich with history about Western North Carolina and early Appalachia.

Shining Rock Wilderness

Shining Rock became one of the original components of the Wilderness System in September 1964. It is the largest Wilderness area in North Carolina.

Blowing Rock

Known as “The Crown of the Blue Ridge”, Blowing Rock is a special place to many visitors and residents alike.

Cherokee Skate Park

The Cherokee Skate Park is not only a great place to skateboard, bmx, or ride anything with wheels.

Grove Park Inn

The Grove Park Inn is a Beautiful Resort and Spa that attract thousands of visitors every year.

Big Shoals (Secret Falls)

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.

Rafting

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.

Recreational Boating

There are many pristine lakes that can be enjoyed by boaters, wake-boarders, water skiers, or just lake lovers.

Darnell Farms

Darnell Farms offers many weekend festivals: Strawberry Jam Festival, Tomatoefest and Timberfest plus a Corn Maze depending on the season.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up for some of the most beautiful horseback ridding that you have ever done!

Wheels Through Time Museum

A collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.

Rainbow Falls

The falls is know for its rainbows, which can be seen in the ample mist they produce.

Andrews

A small town located deep in Western North Carolina offering a charming small town experience for all visitors.

St. Lawrence Basilica

The St. Lawrence Basilica is a beautiful and historic part of Asheville.

Everett Street Diner

The Diner, as locals refer to it has been serving up traditional breakfast dishes and lunch specials to patrons for many years.

FryDay’s

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.

La Dolce Vita Bakery

This a location full of decadent and delightful desserts that are bursting with unique and interesting flavors.

Needmore Tract, The

The 4500-acre Needmore Tract was purchased by the State of North Carolina in January of 2004 as a nature preserve.

Deep Creek

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.

Hot Springs

The area around Hot Springs is full of opportunities to get outdoors and have a blast.

Soda Pops Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor

Bryson City’s most unique ice cream parlor takes you beck to the old days right when you step foot inside the door.