Shining Rock became one of the original components of the Wilderness System in September 1964. It is the largest Wilderness area in North Carolina.
A combination of free falls and cascades. This is one of the most photogenic waterfalls around.
Asheville hottest music venue and social club.
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 village is an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community.
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.
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.
Blowing Rock is an interesting place where folklore and history abound.
Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.
Disc Golf is an activity that is quickly on the rise in Western North Carolina.
This is a long slide in two main parts. Only the lower part is visible from the overlook constructed by the park.
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.
Offering up Italian favorites to locals and visitors to Bryson City, NC.
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 River Arts District is home to many studio artists of all mediums.
The Choo Choo Coffee Company is not just a coffee shop, it offers much more than that to its patrons.
The Cherokee Skate Park is not only a great place to skateboard, bmx, or ride anything with wheels.
The Mills River area is the largest in the Pisgah Ranger District.
This city is set up beautifully along the banks of Lake Lure, offering visitors a great balance between outdoor adventure, rest, and relaxation.
Western North Carolina is a special place in the kayaking world.
This is a long tumbling cascade and slide, with a few free falling sections.
Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to locals and visitors weekly.
Tsali has 39 miles of trails in a four loop system that wind around the Fontana Lake and through US Forest Service Land.
The area around Hot Springs is full of opportunities to get outdoors and have a blast.
For great family rafting fun enjoy the Class I rapids of the Tuckaseigee River.
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.
The number one choice for accommodations is Western North Carolina is the great outdoors!
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.
Saddle up for some of the most beautiful horseback ridding that you have ever done!
This falls is not high, but it’s absolutely beautiful and accessible via a fairly easy hike.
Situated in a valley surrounded by the Smoky Mountains, Maggie Valley is a fun city to visit for the entire family.
A beautiful and historic park located in the center of downtown Asheville.
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.
There are many pristine lakes that can be enjoyed by boaters, wake-boarders, water skiers, or just lake lovers.
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.
The waterfall is a high, steep slide with an open canopy before veering sideways into some smaller cascades that end under the trees.
This falls begins as sliding cascade just uphill of NC Hwy. 28.
Specializing in fresh baked Amish style goods, the Stoltzfus family has been baking great things for Bryson City for a long time.
Deep inside of Humpback Mountain lie the Linville Caverns, North Carolina’s only caverns.
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.
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.
A small town located deep in Western North Carolina offering a charming small town experience for all visitors.
The water is clear, and in higher water the falls feels pretty powerful despite the creek’s relatively small size.
Mouse Creek Falls pours into the larger Big Creek, which is one of the clearest and most pristine waterways in the Park.
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.
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 the Appalachian mountains Waynesville has so much to offer within a short drive from outdoor activities to shopping and dinning.
A city with something for everyone! Whether you enjoy art and music, the outdoors, eating and shopping local, or all of the above.
Lying in the mountains and valleys of western North Carolina it is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina
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.
The Hazel Creek area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park is rich with history about Western North Carolina and early Appalachia.
A community that takes pride in it’s small hometown atmosphere makes Canton a city full of heritage and history.
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 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.
Averaging 1,400′ deep, the Linville Gorge was carved by the Linville River on its way down the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
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.
A high, cascading slide in an pretty cove.
Water is one thing there is not a shortage of when you come to the mountains of Western North Carolina.
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.
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.
Some of the most beautiful golf courses you will ever play on can be found amongst the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina.
Soco Falls is located on the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) just beside US Hwy. 19, between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC
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.
The 4500-acre Needmore Tract was purchased by the State of North Carolina in January of 2004 as a nature preserve.
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”.
The falls is know for its rainbows, which can be seen in the ample mist they produce.
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.
Do you remember the atmosphere that was portrayed on the show “Cheers”? Well, if you do Mountain Perks is Bryson City’s Cheers.
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.
The Lake is 3,000 feet in elevation and offers to visitors many activities ranging from boating and fishing, to swimming and sightseeing.
The highest dam east of the Rockies is located just 35 miles West of Bryson City, North Carolina.
This very popular activity is mainly enjoyed in the water of Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Middle Prong Wilderness lies west of the Shining Rock Wilderness.
The North Carolina Bartram Trail, blazed in yellow, crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of the state.
A collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.
This a location full of decadent and delightful desserts that are bursting with unique and interesting flavors.
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.
Discover America’s largest home, magnificent gardens, award-winning winery, great shopping and delicious dining.
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.
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.
A mecca for outdoor adventure lovers makes Boone a great place to visit and live.
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.
Fishing is one of the main activities that brings sportsman both young and old to the area.
Tom Branch falls is the tallest waterfall and the easiest to access in the Deep Creek area.
The Cherokee Indian Museum contains a unique collection of original artifacts used by the Cherokee Indians many years ago.
Cataloochee is a ski area located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The area has fourteen ski slopes and trails.
A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.
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.
Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours.
Wayah Bald provides a beautiful view of Franklin and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains.
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.
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.
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“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
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.
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.
Skiing and Snowboarding is a great winter activity here in Western North Carolina.
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.
Catawba Falls is one of Western North Carolina’s exceptional Blue Ridge waterfalls