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.
This village is an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community.
“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
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.
Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals is the home of many native Black Bears along with non-native Grizzlies, Lemurs, a Tiger, and a Monkey.
This falls starts with a short drop, which goes into a very long, gentle slide into a deep pool.
A city with something for everyone! Whether you enjoy art and music, the outdoors, eating and shopping local, or all of the above.
A small but beautiful waterfall that is located only a few minutes hike form the Deep Creek Parking Area.
A combination of free falls and cascades. This is one of the most photogenic waterfalls around.
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.
A wooden fire tower at the summit provides hikers with amazing 360 degree views of the mountains of western North Carolina.
There are many great rock faces to scramble up in the Western North Carolina area.
There are many pristine lakes that can be enjoyed by boaters, wake-boarders, water skiers, or just lake lovers.
A small town located deep in Western North Carolina offering a charming small town experience for all visitors.
This a location full of decadent and delightful desserts that are bursting with unique and interesting flavors.
The Mountain Farm Museum has a collection of southern Appalachian farm buildings assembled from different locations throughout the Park.
Mouse Creek Falls pours into the larger Big Creek, which is one of the clearest and most pristine waterways in the Park.
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”.
Offers trips that encompass everything that’s great about Western North Carolina-hiking, picnicking, swimming, and a thrilling jet boat ride.
The waterfall is a high, steep slide with an open canopy before veering sideways into some smaller cascades that end under the trees.
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 […]
Situated in a valley surrounded by the Smoky Mountains, Maggie Valley is a fun city to visit for the entire family.
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.
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 falls are not tall, but they are pretty, and spill into a neat little pool.
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.
Located at the top of this mountain, in Maggie Valley, is a mile high fun center with an old west setting.
Discover America’s largest home, magnificent gardens, award-winning winery, great shopping and delicious dining.
Skiing and Snowboarding is a great winter activity here in Western North Carolina.
Saddle up for some of the most beautiful horseback ridding that you have ever done!
A great small town experience in the heart of the Appalachian mountains.
Located at its original site, Mingus Mill stands as a tribute to the test of time.
The Cherokee Indian Museum contains a unique collection of original artifacts used by the Cherokee Indians many years ago.
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Shining Rock became one of the original components of the Wilderness System in September 1964. It is the largest Wilderness area in 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.
For great family rafting fun enjoy the Class I rapids of the Tuckaseigee River.
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.
Deep inside of Humpback Mountain lie the Linville Caverns, North Carolina’s only caverns.
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.
This is a long tumbling cascade and slide, with a few free falling sections.
A historic shopping center located downtown Asheville that is famous for its beautifully restored architecture from the 1920s.
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.
These trails travel along the shores and hills beside Lake Chatuge, and all trails are open to mountain biking and hiking.
The St. Lawrence Basilica is a beautiful and historic part of Asheville.
This small town located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is literally a ‘base camp” for anything outdoor related.
Catawba Falls is one of Western North Carolina’s exceptional Blue Ridge waterfalls
The water is clear, and in higher water the falls feels pretty powerful despite the creek’s relatively small size.
The highest dam east of the Rockies is located just 35 miles West of Bryson City, North Carolina.
Pisgah View Ranch is a Western North Carolina Dude Ranch that offers a horse ranch get a way for Family and Guests.
The Hazel Creek area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park is rich with history about Western North Carolina and early Appalachia.
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 […]
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.
The Middle Prong Wilderness lies west of the Shining Rock Wilderness.
Bent Creek’s watershed contains a collection of trails for all kinds of hikes, for beginners and familes to advanced hiking groups.
A beautiful and historic park located in the center of downtown Asheville.
318 curves in 11 miles is the ultimate thrill ride for many motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts when visiting 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.
A high, cascading slide in an pretty cove.
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.
Averaging 1,400′ deep, the Linville Gorge was carved by the Linville River on its way down the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Hayesville in known as “The Best Kept Secret in North Carolina” by Western North Carolina locals, and rightly so.
Located on a 42-acre Natural Heritage site the center has many species of wildlife, gardens, trails, indoor exhibits and farm animals.
Located in the heart of Asheville, North Carolina is educational Pack Place.
Bryson City’s most unique ice cream parlor takes you beck to the old days right when you step foot inside the door.
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.
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.
Lying in the mountains and valleys of western North Carolina it is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina
Visiting Weaverville means having a chance for you and your family to experience life at a slower pace.
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.
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).
A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.
Blowing Rock is an interesting place where folklore and history abound.
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.
Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to locals and visitors weekly.
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.
Surrounded by the Appalachian mountains Waynesville has so much to offer within a short drive from outdoor activities to shopping and dinning.
A collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.
A valley full of historic buildings, wildlife, and beauty, this is a great family destination inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Asheville hottest music venue and social club.
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.
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 Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
The North Carolina Bartram Trail, blazed in yellow, crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of the state.
Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area.
Do you remember the atmosphere that was portrayed on the show “Cheers”? Well, if you do Mountain Perks is Bryson City’s Cheers.
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.
This is an a small, steep, attractive cascade surrounded by laurel and rhododendron.
A mecca for outdoor adventure lovers makes Boone a great place to visit and live.
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.
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.
A family Theme Park and Zoo, Santa’s Land is an enchanted Christmas theme park everyone will love.
Soco Falls is located on the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) just beside US Hwy. 19, between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC
Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.
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.