Schoolhouse Falls

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

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.

Tuckaseegee River

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

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.

Hot Springs

The area around Hot Springs is full of opportunities to get outdoors and have a blast.

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.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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

Vacation Rentals

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

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.

Wheels Through Time Museum

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

Santa’s Land

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

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.

Tuckaseegee Tavern

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

Biltmore Park

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.

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.

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.

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.

Big Creek Falls

The water is clear, and in higher water the falls feels pretty powerful despite the creek’s relatively small size.

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.

Wayah Bald

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

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.

The Blowing Rock

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

Wesser Fire Tower

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

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

Blowing Rock

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

Soco Falls

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

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.

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.

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.

Juneywhank Falls

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Climbing

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

Linville Caverns

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Middle Prong Wilderness

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

Cherokee Indian Museum

The Cherokee Indian Museum contains a unique collection of original artifacts used by the Cherokee Indians many years ago.

Sylva

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

Disc Golf

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

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.

Robbinsville

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

La Dolce Vita Bakery

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

Mingus Mill

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

Fontana Lake & Dam

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

Horseback Riding

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

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.

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.

Tubing

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

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.

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”.

Choo Choo Coffee Company

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

Grove Park Inn

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

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.

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.

Swimming

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

Eastatoe Falls

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

Whitewater Falls

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

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.

Alarka Falls

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

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.

Perry’s Water Garden

13 Acres of aquatic ponds are the home to many varieties of water lilies and lotuses that begin blooming in May and continue blooming into August.

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.

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddling is one of the fastest growing water sports today. It fun, healthy, and can help improve the overall quality of a persons life. Strengthen your core, improve your balance and get to know a part of nature you may be unfamiliar with. Bryson City Outdoors – Come see what all the fuss […]

The Green River Narrows

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.

Cades Cove

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.

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.

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.

Cherokee Bear Zoo

Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals is the home of many native Black Bears along with non-native Grizzlies, Lemurs, a Tiger, and a Monkey.

Marshall

A small mountain town rich with history and a love for the mountains that surrounded it.

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, […]

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.

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.

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.

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.

Double Decker Coffee Bus

A historic coffee shop located on Broadway.

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours

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

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.

Recreational Boating

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

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 […]

Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum is the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina.

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.

Oconaluftee Indian Village

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Andrews

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

Anthony’s Restaurante and Pizzeria

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

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.

Fishing

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

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.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

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

Scottish Tartans Museum

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