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.

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.

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.

Pisgah National Forest

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

Sylva

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

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, […]

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.

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.

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.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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

Disc Golf

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

Murphy

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

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.

Andrews

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

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.

Ski and Snowboard

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

Everett Street Diner

The Diner, as locals refer to it has been serving up traditional breakfast dishes and lunch specials to patrons for many years.

Choo Choo Coffee Company

The Choo Choo Coffee Company is not just a coffee shop, it offers much more than that to its patrons.

Middle Prong Wilderness

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

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.

Wayah Bald

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

Hayesville

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

Jackrabbit Mountain Trails

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

Alarka Falls

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

Mills River Area

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

Soco Falls

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

Catawba Falls

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

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.

The Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is an interesting place where folklore and history abound.

Smoky Mountain Jet Boats

Offers trips that encompass everything that’s great about Western North Carolina-hiking, picnicking, swimming, and a thrilling jet boat ride.

Wesser Fire Tower

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

Orange Peel

Asheville hottest music venue and social club.

Charlies Bunion

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.

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.

Upper Satuhla Falls

This falls begins as sliding cascade just uphill of NC Hwy. 28.

Linville Caverns

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

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).

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.

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.

Camping

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

Grove Arcade

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

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.

Willson Creek Area

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

Mount LeConte

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.

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.

Fontana Lake & Dam

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

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 […]

Weaverville

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

Drift Falls

A neat sliding cascade, which drops into a huge, deep pool.

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.

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.

Mingus Mill

Located at its original site, Mingus Mill stands as a tribute to the test of time.

Whitewater Falls

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

Swimming

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

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.

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.

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours

Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours.

Schoolhouse Falls

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

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.

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.

News Papers

Listings of local news papers.

Asheville

A city with something for everyone! Whether you enjoy art and music, the outdoors, eating and shopping local, or all of the above.

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.

Bull Cove Falls

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

Horseback Riding

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

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.

Boone

A mecca for outdoor adventure lovers makes Boone a great place to visit and live.

Scottish Tartans Museum

Visitors are invited to view their family tartan, connect with their clan, and learn about the history of Highland Dress.

Wheels Through Time Museum

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

Pack Square

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

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

Stoltzfus Bread Basket

Specializing in fresh baked Amish style goods, the Stoltzfus family has been baking great things for Bryson City for a long time.

Tuckaseegee River

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

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.

Davidson River Area

The Davidson River watershed is one of the most popular area for outdoor recreation within the Pisgah National Forest.

Ranger Falls

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

Maggie Valley

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

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.

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.

Cataloochee Valley

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

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.

Tsali

Tsali has 39 miles of trails in a four loop system that wind around the Fontana Lake and through US Forest Service Land.

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.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

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

Double Decker Coffee Bus

A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.

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.

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.

Camp Living Water

Sitting on the banks of Deep Creek, Camp Living Water offers week-long Christian camps and High Trek Adventures for various age groups from 7 to 18.

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.

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.

Nantahala Brewing Company

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.

Anthony’s Restaurante and Pizzeria

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

Oconaluftee Indian Village

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

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.

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.

Tubing

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

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.

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.

Hazel Creek

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