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.

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.

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.

Canton

A community that takes pride in it’s small hometown atmosphere makes Canton a city full of heritage and history.

Soco Falls

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

Biltmore Estate

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

Tom Branch Falls

Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area.

Ranger Falls

This is an a small, steep, attractive cascade surrounded by laurel and rhododendron.

Hayesville

Hayesville in known as “The Best Kept Secret in North Carolina” by Western North Carolina locals, and rightly so.

Cherokee Indian Museum

The Cherokee Indian Museum contains a unique collection of original artifacts used by the Cherokee Indians many years ago.

Hiking

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 […]

Oconaluftee Indian Village

This village is an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community.

Whitewater Falls

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

La Dolce Vita Bakery

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

Pack Place

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

Fishing

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

Cades Cove

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.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Cataloochee Ski Area

Cataloochee is a ski area located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The area has fourteen ski slopes and trails.

Sylva

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

Bartram Trail

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

Tsali

Tsali has 39 miles of trails in a four loop system that wind around the Fontana Lake and through US Forest Service Land.

Fields of the Wood

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.

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.

Shelton Laurel

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.

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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.

Mingus Mill

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

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.

Whiteside Mountain Trail

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.

Rainbow Falls

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

Waynesville

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

The Green River Narrows

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.

Asheville

A city with something for everyone! Whether you enjoy art and music, the outdoors, eating and shopping local, or all of the above.

Robbinsville

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

Linville Caverns

Deep inside of Humpback Mountain lie the Linville Caverns, North Carolina’s only caverns.

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.

Backpacking

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.

Wheels Through Time Museum

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

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.

Dillsboro

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.

Perry’s Water Garden

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.

Asheville Art Museum

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

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.

St. Lawrence Basilica

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

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.

Eastatoe Falls

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

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.

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 […]

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.

Jackrabbit Mountain Trails

These trails travel along the shores and hills beside Lake Chatuge, and all trails are open to mountain biking and hiking.

Cataloochee Valley

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

Juneywhank Falls

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

Cherokee Skate Park

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

Tuckaseegee Tavern

The Tavern is where you go to get served up some pub style food in Bryson City.

Mills River Area

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

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.

Pack Square

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

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.

Scottish Tartans Museum

Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.

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.

Bridal Veil Falls

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.

Horseback Riding

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

Blowing Rock

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

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.

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.

Recreational Boating

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

Fontana Lake & Dam

The highest dam east of the Rockies is located just 35 miles West of Bryson City, North Carolina.

Black Mountain

This historic city offers a hometown experience where your family can watch local craftsmen demonstrate and age-old technique.

Colors of Fall

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.

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.

Catawba Falls

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

Biltmore Park

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.

Tail of the Dragon

318 curves in 11 miles is the ultimate thrill ride for many motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts when visiting Western North Carolina.

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.

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.

Needmore Tract, The

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

Brown Mountain Lights

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.

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.

Wilderness Falls

The waterfall is a high, steep slide with an open canopy before veering sideways into some smaller cascades that end under the trees.

Camping

The number one choice for accommodations is Western North Carolina is the great outdoors!

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.

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.

Hazel Creek

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

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.

Marshall

A small mountain town rich with history and a love for the mountains that surrounded it.

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.

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.

Orange Peel

Asheville hottest music venue and social club.

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.

Choo Choo Coffee Company

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

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.

Weaverville

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

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.

Big Laurel Falls

The falls are not tall, but they are pretty, and spill into a neat little pool.

Kayaking

Western North Carolina is a special place in the kayaking world.

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.

Wayah Bald

Wayah Bald provides a beautiful view of Franklin and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains.

Granny Burrel Falls

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

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.

Middle Prong Wilderness

The Middle Prong Wilderness lies west of the Shining Rock Wilderness.