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Your Vacation Destination

There are many ways to explore the beautiful mountains and crystal clear streams and lakes of Western North Carolina. But whether you choose car, bike or motorcycle; or boat, raft or kayak – you can’t afford to miss what’s around the next bend.

When you visit our part of Western North Carolina you’ll see the real Smoky Mountains – a refreshing contrast to the region’s more well-known, crowded tourist destinations.

Outdoor Adventures

Joyce Kilmer National Forest – several hiking trails including one easy loop through old growth timber

Appalachian Trail – several access points for day hikes

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – 800 miles of trails.

Lake Santeetlah and Fontana Lake – Public access boat ramps, boat rentals

Nantahala River – whitewater rafting and kayaking… and fishing too.

Cheoah River – limited releases for whitewater rafting and kayaking

Tsali Mountain Bike Trails are world famous

Snowbird Wilderness Area – fly fishing, camping

Scenic Roads

Deal’s Gap / The Dragon – 318 curves in 11 miles

Cherohala Skyway – sweeping vistas, hiking areas

History and Heritage

Fontana Dam – Built during WWII, the highest dam in the eastern US

Cherokee Warrior Junaluska Memorial in nearby Robbinsville

Cherokee NC – Cherokee Indian Museum, Oconaluftee Indian Village and Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama and Cherokee NC Tourism

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad – Historic train rides from Bryson City to Nantahala Gorge

Lodging and Restaurants