Mars Hill

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.

Willson Creek Area

This river has become the centerpoint for a visit to the Grandfather Ranger District

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.

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.

Linville Caverns

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

Oconaluftee Indian Village

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

Grove Park Inn

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

Fishing

Fishing is one of the main activities that brings sportsman both young and old to the area.

Wheels Through Time Museum

A collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up for some of the most beautiful horseback ridding that you have ever done!

Tail of the Dragon

318 curves in 11 miles is the ultimate thrill ride for many motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts when visiting Western North Carolina.

Andrews

A small town located deep in Western North Carolina offering a charming small town experience for all visitors.

Hazel Creek

The Hazel Creek area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park is rich with history about Western North Carolina and early Appalachia.

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.

Weaverville

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

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.

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.

Rufus Morgan Falls

A high, cascading slide in an pretty cove.

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.

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.

Canton

A community that takes pride in it’s small hometown atmosphere makes Canton a city full of heritage and history.

Cradle of Forestry in America

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

The Iron Skillet

Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to locals and visitors weekly.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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

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.

Dillsboro

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.

The Filling Station Deli and Sub Shop

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.

Black Mountain

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

Hayesville

Hayesville in known as “The Best Kept Secret in North Carolina” by Western North Carolina locals, and rightly so.

Bard Falls

This waterfall is a narrow tumble and cascade into a deep trough, that opens up and spills out into a deep pool – a fantastic swimming hole (if the water isn’t super high).

Cherokee Skate Park

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

Murphy

A great small town experience in the heart of the Appalachian mountains.

St. Lawrence Basilica

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

Linville Gorge

Averaging 1,400′ deep, the Linville Gorge was carved by the Linville River on its way down the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

Robbinsville

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

Bull Cove Falls

An attractive, two-tiered cascade with some free-falling sections, across tilted rocks.

Camping

The number one choice for accommodations is Western North Carolina is the great outdoors!

Frolictown Creek Falls

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

Blowing Rock

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

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, […]

Pisgah National Forest

The Pisgah National Forest consists of over half a million acres of forest surrounding Mt. Pisgah.

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.

Anthony’s Restaurante and Pizzeria

Offering up Italian favorites to locals and visitors to Bryson City, NC.

Jackrabbit Mountain Trails

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

Fly Fishing

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.

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 […]

Granny Burrel Falls

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

Tubing

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

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.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf is an activity that is quickly on the rise in 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.

Santa’s Land

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

Waynesville

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

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.

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.

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.

Tuckaseegee River

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

Darnell Farms

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

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

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

Tuckaseegee Tavern

The Tavern is where you go to get served up some pub style food in Bryson City.

Big Laurel Falls

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

Cataloochee Valley

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

News Papers

Listings of local news papers.

Appalachian Trail

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.

Recreational Boating

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

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.

Greenland Creek Falls

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.

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.

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.

WNC Nature Center

Located on a 42-acre Natural Heritage site the center has many species of wildlife, gardens, trails, indoor exhibits and farm animals.

Alarka Falls

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

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.

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.

Bartram Trail

The North Carolina Bartram Trail, blazed in yellow, crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of the state.

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.

Lake Lure

This city is set up beautifully along the banks of Lake Lure, offering visitors a great balance between outdoor adventure, rest, and relaxation.

Pack Square

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

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.

Nantahala River

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.

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.

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”.

Nantahala National Forest

Lying in the mountains and valleys of western North Carolina it is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina

Maggie Valley

Situated in a valley surrounded by the Smoky Mountains, Maggie Valley is a fun city to visit for the entire family.

Middle Prong Wilderness

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

Double Decker Coffee Bus

A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.

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.

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.

Wayah Bald

Wayah Bald provides a beautiful view of Franklin and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains.

Soco Falls

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

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.

Vacation Rentals

Cabins in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are as unique as each family who owns them.

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.

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.

Panthertown Valley

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.

Turtleback Falls

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.

Pisgah View Ranch

Pisgah View Ranch is a Western North Carolina Dude Ranch that offers a horse ranch get a way for Family and Guests.

Ski and Snowboard

Skiing and Snowboarding is a great winter activity here in Western North Carolina.

Pack Place

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

Fontana Lake & Dam

The highest dam east of the Rockies is located just 35 miles West of Bryson City, North Carolina.

Juneywhank Falls

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