This a location full of decadent and delightful desserts that are bursting with unique and interesting flavors.
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.
Hayesville in known as “The Best Kept Secret in North Carolina” by Western North Carolina locals, and rightly so.
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.
Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.
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.
Known as “The Crown of the Blue Ridge”, Blowing Rock is a special place to many visitors and residents alike.
A city with something for everyone! Whether you enjoy art and music, the outdoors, eating and shopping local, or all of the above.
The Pisgah National Forest consists of over half a million acres of forest surrounding Mt. Pisgah.
The Asheville Art Museum is the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina.
Saddle up for some of the most beautiful horseback ridding that you have ever done!
Water is one thing there is not a shortage of when you come to the mountains of Western North Carolina.
The Lake is 3,000 feet in elevation and offers to visitors many activities ranging from boating and fishing, to swimming and sightseeing.
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.
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.
A high, cascading slide in an pretty cove.
A small but beautiful waterfall that is located only a few minutes hike form the Deep Creek Parking Area.
318 curves in 11 miles is the ultimate thrill ride for many motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts when visiting Western North Carolina.
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.
Fishing is one of the main activities that brings sportsman both young and old to the area.
Indian Creek Falls is the largest waterfall in the Deep Creek area when it comes to the volume of water flowing across it.
Wayah Bald provides a beautiful view of Franklin and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains.
This river has become the centerpoint for a visit to the Grandfather Ranger District
Blowing Rock is an interesting place where folklore and history abound.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
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.
Tsali has 39 miles of trails in a four loop system that wind around the Fontana Lake and through US Forest Service Land.
Skiing and Snowboarding is a great winter activity here in Western North Carolina.
Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals is the home of many native Black Bears along with non-native Grizzlies, Lemurs, a Tiger, and a Monkey.
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.
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.
Sylva is the closest city to Western Carolina University; and is another great location for exploring the great outdoors.
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.
Asheville hottest music venue and social club.
Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Franklin is a city filled with many things to do for the whole family within the city.
A combination of free falls and cascades. This is one of the most photogenic waterfalls around.
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.
The Hazel Creek area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park is rich with history about Western North Carolina and early Appalachia.
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.
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 water is clear, and in higher water the falls feels pretty powerful despite the creek’s relatively small size.
A great small town experience in the heart of the 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 [...]
Mouse Creek Falls pours into the larger Big Creek, which is one of the clearest and most pristine waterways in the Park.
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.
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.
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.
The Cradle of Forestry in America is a 6,500 acre Historic Site within the Pisgah National Forest.
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.
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 Diner, as locals refer to it has been serving up traditional breakfast dishes and lunch specials to patrons for many years.
The area around Hot Springs is full of opportunities to get outdoors and have a blast.
Disc Golf is an activity that is quickly on the rise in Western North Carolina.
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.
Cabins in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are as unique as each family who owns them.
This falls begins as sliding cascade just uphill of NC Hwy. 28.
Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to locals and visitors weekly.
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 [...]
The ultimate Western North Carolina destination for gambling and late night entertainment.
Located on a 42-acre Natural Heritage site the center has many species of wildlife, gardens, trails, indoor exhibits and farm animals.
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.
Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek 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.
Offering up Italian favorites to locals and visitors to Bryson City, NC.
The North Carolina Bartram Trail, blazed in yellow, crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of the state.
Catawba Falls is one of Western North Carolina’s exceptional Blue Ridge waterfalls
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.
Pisgah View Ranch is a Western North Carolina Dude Ranch that offers a horse ranch get a way for Family and Guests.
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.
If the casino is too big for you then try your luck at Cherokee’s Tribal Bingo.
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Some of the most beautiful golf courses you will ever play on can be found amongst the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina.
An attractive, two-tiered cascade with some free-falling sections, across tilted rocks.
A short falls but in a cozy setting, this one is worth a stop if you’re on the main trail.
Bent Creek’s watershed contains a collection of trails for all kinds of hikes, for beginners and familes to advanced hiking groups.
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 waterfall is a high, steep slide with an open canopy before veering sideways into some smaller cascades that end under the trees.
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.
This very popular activity is mainly enjoyed in the water of Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
These trails travel along the shores and hills beside Lake Chatuge, and all trails are open to mountain biking and hiking.
The falls is know for its rainbows, which can be seen in the ample mist they produce.
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”.
This is an a small, steep, attractive cascade surrounded by laurel and rhododendron.
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.
Averaging 1,400′ deep, the Linville Gorge was carved by the Linville River on its way down the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
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.
A mecca for outdoor adventure lovers makes Boone a great place to visit and live.
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.
Western North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful and exciting single track trails in the Southeast.
The falls are not tall, but they are pretty, and spill into a neat little pool.
Western North Carolina is a special place in the kayaking world.
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, [...]
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.
Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours.
Specializing in fresh baked Amish style goods, the Stoltzfus family has been baking great things for Bryson City for a long time.
This beautiful distinguished city is full of upscale dinning and shopping locations and surrounded by some of the south’s most prestigious golf clubs.
Surrounded by the Appalachian mountains Waynesville has so much to offer within a short drive from outdoor activities to shopping and dinning.
This is a long tumbling cascade and slide, with a few free falling sections.
For great family rafting fun enjoy the Class I rapids of the Tuckaseigee River.