Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

Cherokee Skate Park

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

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 […]

Darnell Farms

Darnell Farms offers many weekend festivals: Strawberry Jam Festival, Tomatoefest and Timberfest plus a Corn Maze depending on the season.

Nantahala Lake

The Lake is 3,000 feet in elevation and offers to visitors many activities ranging from boating and fishing, to swimming and sightseeing.

Middle Prong Wilderness

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

Recreational Boating

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

Grove Arcade

A historic shopping center located downtown Asheville that is famous for its beautifully restored architecture from the 1920s.

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.

Schoolhouse Falls

This falls is not high, but it’s absolutely beautiful and accessible via a fairly easy hike.

Robbinsville

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

Grove Park Inn

The Grove Park Inn is a Beautiful Resort and Spa that attract thousands of visitors every year.

Needmore Tract, The

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

Mountain Biking

Western North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful and exciting single track trails in the Southeast.

St. Lawrence Basilica

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

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.

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.

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.

Oconaluftee Indian Village

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

Weaverville

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

Clingmans Dome

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.

Fontana Disc Golf

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, […]

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.

Bryson City Cork & Bean

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.

Black Mountain

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

Soco Falls

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

Ranger Falls

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

Glen Falls

Glen Falls is three tiers of 70, 60, and 15 feet in height for a total of about 145 feet of falling water.

Alarka Falls

This is a long tumbling cascade and slide, with a few free falling sections.

Big Laurel Falls

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

Black Balsam Knob

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mountain Perks

Do you remember the atmosphere that was portrayed on the show “Cheers”? Well, if you do Mountain Perks is Bryson City’s Cheers.

Biltmore Estate

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

Granny Burrel Falls

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

Pack Place

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

The Road to Nowhere

“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

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.

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.

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.

Cradle of Forestry in America

The Cradle of Forestry in America is a 6,500 acre Historic Site within the Pisgah National Forest.

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.

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.

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.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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

Linville Caverns

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

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.

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.

Cherohala Skyway

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.

Max Patch & Harmon Den

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”.

Frolictown Creek Falls

A short falls but in a cozy setting, this one is worth a stop if you’re on the main trail.

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.

Indian Creek Falls

Indian Creek Falls is the largest waterfall in the Deep Creek area when it comes to the volume of water flowing across it.

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.

Tom Branch Falls

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

Jackrabbit Mountain Trails

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

Whitewater Falls

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

Catawba Falls

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

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 […]

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.

Pack Square

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

Waterfalls

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.

Swimming

Water is one thing there is not a shortage of when you come to the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Cataloochee Valley

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

Mingo Falls

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.

Mountains to Sea Trail

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.

Upper Bearwallow Falls

This is a long slide in two main parts. Only the lower part is visible from the overlook constructed by the park.

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.

Blowing Rock

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

Waynesville

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

Unto These Hills

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.

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.

Mountain Farm Museum

The Mountain Farm Museum has a collection of southern Appalachian farm buildings assembled from different locations throughout the Park.

Juneywhank Falls

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

Tubing

This very popular activity is mainly enjoyed in the water of Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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.

Mills River Area

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

Cullasaja Falls

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.

Roan Mountain

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.

Hendersonville

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.

Franklin

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.

FryDay’s

Do you get a hint of what this place serves from the name? Well, you should because they serve up fried goodness every day of the week.

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.

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.

Santa’s Land

A family Theme Park and Zoo, Santa’s Land is an enchanted Christmas theme park everyone will love.

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.

Soda Pops Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor

Bryson City’s most unique ice cream parlor takes you beck to the old days right when you step foot inside the door.

Climbing

There are many great rock faces to scramble up in the Western North Carolina area.

Bent Creek Area

Bent Creek’s watershed contains a collection of trails for all kinds of hikes, for beginners and familes to advanced hiking groups.

Tuckaseegee River

For great family rafting fun enjoy the Class I rapids of the Tuckaseigee River.

Eastatoe Falls

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

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.

La Dolce Vita Bakery

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

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

The ultimate Western North Carolina destination for gambling and late night entertainment.

Sylva

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

Richmond Hill Disc Golf Course

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.

Wesser Fire Tower

A wooden fire tower at the summit provides hikers with amazing 360 degree views of the mountains of western North Carolina.