Tucked away in the mountains on Western North Carolina is this small town with a unique charm.
The Davidson River watershed is one of the most popular area for outdoor recreation within the Pisgah National Forest.
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.
The Cherokee Skate Park is not only a great place to skateboard, bmx, or ride anything with wheels.
The number one choice for accommodations is Western North Carolina is the great outdoors!
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.
There are many pristine lakes that can be enjoyed by boaters, wake-boarders, water skiers, or just lake lovers.
The area around Hot Springs is full of opportunities to get outdoors and have a blast.
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The falls are not tall, but they are pretty, and spill into a neat little pool.
The Tavern is where you go to get served up some pub style food in Bryson City.
Do you remember the atmosphere that was portrayed on the show “Cheers”? Well, if you do Mountain Perks is Bryson City’s Cheers.
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 Great Smoky Mountains Railroad winds up, down, and around the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
The Hazel Creek area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park is rich with history about Western North Carolina and early Appalachia.
Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.
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.
Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to locals and visitors weekly.
The Mountain Farm Museum has a collection of southern Appalachian farm buildings assembled from different locations throughout the Park.
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A wooden fire tower at the summit provides hikers with amazing 360 degree views of the mountains of western North Carolina.
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.
Located at the top of this mountain, in Maggie Valley, is a mile high fun center with an old west setting.
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.
For great family rafting fun enjoy the Class I rapids of the Tuckaseigee River.
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 beautiful and historic park located in the center of downtown Asheville.
Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours.
Offering up Italian favorites to locals and visitors to Bryson City, NC.
The water is clear, and in higher water the falls feels pretty powerful despite the creek’s relatively small size.
A mecca for outdoor adventure lovers makes Boone a great place to visit and live.
The waterfall is a high, steep slide with an open canopy before veering sideways into some smaller cascades that end under the trees.
This city is set up beautifully along the banks of Lake Lure, offering visitors a great balance between outdoor adventure, rest, and relaxation.
This a location full of decadent and delightful desserts that are bursting with unique and interesting flavors.
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.
Mouse Creek Falls pours into the larger Big Creek, which is one of the clearest and most pristine waterways in the Park.
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.
Located on a 42-acre Natural Heritage site the center has many species of wildlife, gardens, trails, indoor exhibits and farm animals.
Tsali has 39 miles of trails in a four loop system that wind around the Fontana Lake and through US Forest Service Land.
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.
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 St. Lawrence Basilica is a beautiful and historic part of Asheville.
A combination of free falls and cascades. This is one of the most photogenic waterfalls around.
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.
Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals is the home of many native Black Bears along with non-native Grizzlies, Lemurs, a Tiger, and a Monkey.
Soco Falls is located on the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) just beside US Hwy. 19, between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC
The North Carolina Bartram Trail, blazed in yellow, crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of the state.
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.
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.
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.
Fishing is one of the main activities that brings sportsman both young and old to the area.
An attractive, two-tiered cascade with some free-falling sections, across tilted rocks.
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.
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.
The 4500-acre Needmore Tract was purchased by the State of North Carolina in January of 2004 as a nature preserve.
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.
Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.
Darnell Farms offers many weekend festivals: Strawberry Jam Festival, Tomatoefest and Timberfest plus a Corn Maze depending on the season.
A community that takes pride in it’s small hometown atmosphere makes Canton a city full of heritage and history.
This historic city offers a hometown experience where your family can watch local craftsmen demonstrate and age-old technique.
Wayah Bald provides a beautiful view of Franklin and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains.
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.
The falls is know for its rainbows, which can be seen in the ample mist they produce.
Saddle up for some of the most beautiful horseback ridding that you have ever done!
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.
A small but beautiful waterfall that is located only a few minutes hike form the Deep Creek Parking Area.
The Cherokee Indian Museum contains a unique collection of original artifacts used by the Cherokee Indians many years ago.
A small town located deep in Western North Carolina offering a charming small town experience for all visitors.
The Lake is 3,000 feet in elevation and offers to visitors many activities ranging from boating and fishing, to swimming and sightseeing.
A collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.
A short falls but in a cozy setting, this one is worth a stop if you’re on the main trail.
Pisgah View Ranch is a Western North Carolina Dude Ranch that offers a horse ranch get a way for Family and Guests.
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.
Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area.
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.
Averaging 1,400′ deep, the Linville Gorge was carved by the Linville River on its way down the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
A historic shopping center located downtown Asheville that is famous for its beautifully restored architecture from the 1920s.
Some consider this the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
The Pisgah National Forest consists of over half a million acres of forest surrounding Mt. Pisgah.
Asheville hottest music venue and social club.
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.
A high, cascading slide in an pretty cove.
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.
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 Middle Prong Wilderness lies west of the Shining Rock Wilderness.
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.
Catawba Falls is one of Western North Carolina’s exceptional Blue Ridge waterfalls
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.
This village is an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community.
Surrounded by the Appalachian mountains Waynesville has so much to offer within a short drive from outdoor activities to shopping and dinning.
There are many great rock faces to scramble up in the Western North Carolina area.
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.
Skiing and Snowboarding is a great winter activity here in Western North Carolina.
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.
This falls starts with a short drop, which goes into a very long, gentle slide into a deep pool.
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.
A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.
Sylva is the closest city to Western Carolina University; and is another great location for exploring the great outdoors.
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.
Located on a historic corner of downtown Bryson City, right next to the old county courthouse, the Cork & Bean has not only good food but a great atmosphere.