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.

Pisgah National Forest - The Pisgah National Forest consists of over half a million acres of forest surrounding Mt. Pisgah. The beginnings of the Pisgah National Forest occurred when George Vanderbilt, the grandson of railroad baron, Cornelius Vanderbilt, assembled...

Chimney Rock Park - Lake Lure, NC - 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. Take the day to...

Nantahala National Forest - Nantahala is an Indian name meaning Land of the Noonday Sun. This name is most appropriate as the sun only reaches the floor of the deep gorges and valleys when directly overhead at midday. The...

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. Although not advertised as highly as...

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest - The Forest Service inaugurated the Little Santeelah, an impressive 3800 acre remnant of virgin wilderness, as the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and dedicated it July 30, 1935. In this most beautiful, unmarred, and natural setting,...