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YOUR PERSONAL ADVENTURE GUIDE: Consider this Travel Guide as your personal handbook for adventure here in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. The front of this guide lists every activity found throughout the region, perfect for those looking for an adventure-specific holiday. If you’re wondering about a specific area, flip to the second half of the guide which describes what each area has to offer. However you choose to spend your time, you’re always welcome in our backyard to experience the adventure, beauty and southern hospitality that flows so freely here. It should be noted that locations on the map are approximate.

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Discover what’s great about Bryson City, NC — a small mountain town bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with unique shops, galleries, lodging and restaurants. Choose from a full array of outdoor activities including whitewater rafting, tubing, paddleboarding, hiking, fishing, biking and scenic railroad excursions. You’ll find more information in our mobile travel guide: GreatSmokies.com

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome 8 Must Do Activities

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Outdoor Adventure

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Scenic Byways

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National Parks & National Forests

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Camping 22 Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails

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Blueways 28 Waterfalls 32 Waynesville, Maggie Valley

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Cherokee 40 Sylva, Dillsboro, Balsam, Cullowhee

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Highlands, Cashiers, Glenville, Scaly Mountain

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Franklin, Nantahala

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Bryson City

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Fontana, Robbinsville

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Murphy, Andrews

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Hayesville, Brasstown

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Nearby Neighbors

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Blue Ridge Mountains Overlook near Waterrock Knob– Photo courtesy of INNsights Internet Marketing


ESCAPE TO THE NORTH CAROLINA GREAT SMOKIES, and you’ll find yourself in an unspoiled world of beauty and adventure. From the natural wonders and high elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to the vibrant, culturally-rich small towns, one weekend here will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated. Welcome to the North Carolina Smokies.

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Bluegrass in Waynesville– Photo courtesy of Smoky Mountain News

A F EW R E AS O N S TO

Our region of the Smokies has most of the highest-elevation mountains in the eastern United States. Including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are:

Enjoy a unique view of the beauty in our region on The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

Experience adventure with The Nantahala Outdoor Center, “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth,” according to National Geographic Adventure magazine.

Absorb culture with a visit to Cherokee, which showcases a detailed history of the tribe, living re-enactments of village life and a chance to shop for authentic Cherokee artwork.

Explore Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, two of the most visited national forests in the country.

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West Fork Tuckasegee– Photo courtesy of INNsights Internet Marketing

Blue Ridge Parkway– Photo courtesy of INNsights Internet Marketing

Graveyard Fields Lower Falls– Photo courtesy of INNsights Internet Marketing

Get a trophy catch in our pristine waterways that snake through the mountains, home to some of the best trout fishing in the world.

Admire the rich Appalachian heritage skills like craftsmanship found in homebuilding, handcrafted furniture, pottery, quilts and musical instruments that put a unique stamp on our region’s identity.

Boogie down to the tunes of bluegrass with great local music, and you may get to witness traditional clogging.

Get on the water and enjoy summertime in the mountains. Find your favorite swimming hole, see the many waterfalls, go rafting, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, tubing, swimming and fishing.

Drive away your troubles with miles and miles of relaxing scenic views on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Cherohala Skyway.

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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Oconaluftee Indian Village Living Museum, Cherokee– Photo courtesy of Element Advertising

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Take A Trip On The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Departing from historic Bryson City, this scenic excursion railroad has a variety of trips and packages for any kind of adventure. Take in the fresh air while riding on open-air gondola car trips, or enjoy a gourmet meal in a first-class dining car during the food-friendly trips. If you’re riding with little ones, check out the kid-friendly specialty trains including Peanuts Excursions and The Polar Express. If you’re looking for something a little more adult—take a ride on the Moonshine Express with, you guessed it, moonshine, or enjoy a glass of North Carolina’s finest wines on the Railroad Reserve. www.gsmr.com Book An Adventure With Nantahala Outdoor Center Named “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, Nantahala Outdoor Center offers a range of adventures to get your family enjoying the outdoors. Choose from family-friendly outdoor adventures including Nantahala River whitewater rafting, a new Mountaintop Zip Line Tour in the Nantahala Gorge and a family-friendly Zip Line Adventure Park. See why NOC is a legend in the outdoors! www.noc.com

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Devils Courthouse, Blue Ridge Parkway– Photo courtesy of INNsights Internet Marketing

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Feel the Influence of Cherokee Located in the heart of Western North Carolina, Cherokee is a culture, a people and a sovereign nation. After just one visit, you’ll look at things a little differently. It might happen on a mud-spattering romp through the nearby Great Smoky Mountains, while hearing the creation legend in the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, or after watching something as profound as the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills.” Suddenly, you’re a little more in tune with the natural world, while having a better understanding of your own. And you’ll certainly have fun. See how the Cherokee lived two and a half centuries ago at the Oconaluftee Indian Village, an authentic working village with dwellings, residents and artisans right out of the 1760’s. How will Cherokee affect you? Plan. Play. Visit. And discover at: www.visitcherokeenc.com Mosey Along The Blue Ridge Parkway The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most visited units of the National Park System, thanks to its outstanding scenery and countless recreational opportunities. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads, mountain meadows and scenic overlooks with endless vistas delight visitors with pictures worth a thousand words (or likes). The Parkway also incorporates numerous campgrounds, picnic areas and trails. Perfect for a quick rest stop or a camping trip. Named “America’s Favorite Drive,” the Parkway–a National Scenic Byway–offers 469 miles connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. While driving, you’ll witness stunning views, abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, campsites and informational exhibits. If you need to stretch your legs, there are ample recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities just off the road. However long you drive, make sure to get out and personally witness the natural beauty of one of the world’s most diverse display of flora and fauna the park offers. www.blueridgeparkway.org Continued on the next page. Great Smokies North Carolina

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Lazy Hiker Brewery– Photo courtesy of Riddle Design Co.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

IN THE NC SMOKIES CONTINUED Hop Through Breweries Just because Asheville has earned the title “Beer City, USA” for several years running doesn’t mean craft breweries only exist within its city limits. The explosion of craft breweries is happening all over the Smokies! Craft breweries are now operating in Andrews, Bryson City, Cashiers, Franklin, Highlands, Sylva and Waynesville, with more opening all the time. Travelers could spend days exploring each small town’s unique breweries and never visit the same place twice. www.avlbrewers.com Wind Down At Wineries The North Carolina Great Smokies isn’t just craft beer; several beautiful wineries call this place home. While you wind your way through the mountains, take some time to explore the scenic beauty and taste the fruits of our vineyards. Even better, stay for a picnic or perhaps some live music while watching the sunset. Whether you prefer to enjoy it over a glass of white or red, Merlot or Muscadine, Western North Carolina’s wineries and vineyards provide the perfect setting to imbibe, relax and revel in the natural beauty of this region. Visit www.ncwine.org for a helpful interactive map of all the wineries in the region. Count Your Luck at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino A casino, luxury hotel with fine dining options, worldrenowned spa and event center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort offers a luxurious experience within the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. Enjoy the thrill of gaming, dine at one of their many fine restaurants or enjoy cool cocktails before seeing a show at the 3,000-seat event center. Acts from Hank Williams, Jr. to Lady Antebellum have performed at Harrah’s, and they continue to draw big-name talent. If you spent all day on the trails and are looking to relax, imbibe at their renowned Mandara Spa. Located in the heart of Western North Carolina, the casino offers easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and all of its natural wonders. The new Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy offers many of the same amazing amenities with over 60,000 square feet of gaming. Both casinos provide a thrilling way to experience the North Carolina Great Smokies. Book your stay at www.caesars.com/harrahs-cherokee

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of the S M O KI E S Come for the majestic scenery and unmatched outdoor adventures, but deepen your experience with visits to sites along the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail and spend some toe-tapping time in one of the traditional music venues on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC. Learn about Cherokee heritage in the town of Cherokee, but also at Judaculla Rock in Cullowhee, the Cherokee Heritage Trail in Hayesville, and sites in Andrews and Robbinsville. Visit the Bethel Community, setting of the novel Cold Mountain, and travel the Haywood County Quilt Trail. For a complete list of places where you’ll find the heritage stories of the Smokies, visit BlueRidgeHeritageTrail.com. Looking for authentic mountain music and dancing? The sounds of old-time and bluegrass music can be heard in venues large and small, and especially during the many summertime festivals and music series. To learn more, visit BlueRidgeMusicTrailsNC.com.

The Blue Ridge Heritage Trail and Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC are programs of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership. BlueRidgeHeritage.com

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MEASURE YOUR LIFE IN Fishing It’s often said that variety is the spice of life, and if that’s so, then fishing in the Smoky Mountains is extra spicy. Nationally recognized for native and stocked trout, fishermen are happy to explore the many lakes, creeks and rivers that run through the area. Cherokee is a former site of the US National Fly Fishing Championships and offers some of the best fishing in the US.You’ll fall in love with the beautiful freestone streams stocked with trout that flow through Qualla Boundary. Jackson County has a fly-fishing trail that is sure to amaze, considering it was the first of its kind in the country. If that isn’t enough, now Swain County has one too. Nonresident and resident fishing permits can be purchased online. Special tribal fishing permits can be acquired to fish on the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians at www.ebcis.sovsportsnet.net. Gem Mining Western North Carolina and, in particular, Macon County has a rich history of gem mining. Today, many gem mines in the region offer a wonderful experience as adults and children sift through locallymined soil to try and uncover valuable stones. Gold City Gem Mines, Franklin; Jackson Hole Gem Mines, Highlands; Mason’s Ruby and Sapphire Mine, Franklin; Rose Creek Mine, Franklin; Primitive Outback, Otto; Nantahala Gem Mining, Bryson City; and Andy’s Trout Farm, Otto all offer an unforgettable experience. Golfing Tee off on a challenging par four or mosey the links at your own pace at a North Carolina mountain golf course. Gentle slopes and woods-rimmed fairways beckon pros and amateurs alike to indulge in a relaxing, scenic game at Franklin Golf Course, Sequoyah National Golf Club, Sky Valley Country Club, The Golf Club at Mill Creek and the Ridges Country Club & Event Center. Horseback riding Whether it’s an all-day ride with a picnic or a shorter excursion, children and adults of all ages will enjoy a guided horseback riding trip through the mountains. To book a trip, check out one of the many operating stables in the Smokies, including Arrowmont Stables & Cabins, Cataloochee Ranch, Chunky Gal Stables, Fontana Village Resort, Nantahala Village Resort, Smokemont Stables and Walnut Hollow Ranch. Motorcycling Get your motorcycle running, and head out on the highways, byways and skyway in the North Carolina Great Smokies. For a winding trip through the mountains, take a tour on The Dragon, which is considered “THE DESTINATION” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans throughout the spring, summer and fall. Along your way, stop by Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort for a bite to eat, shop or a place to stay. Motorcycles are available to rent at Smoky Mountain Steel Horses in Waynesville.Take a tour of antique motorcycles and automobiles at the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley.

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Gem mining– Photo courtesy of Smoky Mountain News

Tuckasegee River– Photo courtesy of Mark Haskett/ Jackson County Tourism Development Authority

Kayak competition at NOC

Highlands Aerial zip lining

Mountain Biking and Hiking Trails One of the most daunting tasks hikers and mountain bikers face while in the North Carolina Great Smokies is choosing what trail to explore. Whether you want short or long, difficult or easy, trees or waterways, there are mountain biking and hiking trails for every adventure, and then more trails on top of that. Rafting and Kayaking The North Carolina Great Smokies are known for whitewater rafting. Named “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, Nantahala Outdoor Center offers a wide array of adventures for everyone in your group. If you’re looking for tamer, family-friendly river experiences, the Tuckasegee River and the Little Tennessee River are perfect places to get children out on the water. There are plenty of companies that book trips on these rivers, including Great Smoky Mountains Fish Camp and Safaris in Franklin, Smoky Mountain River Adventures in Whittier and Primitive Outback in Otto. For more exciting rafting experiences, check out Brookside, Carolina Outfitters, Rolling Thunder and Wildwater. Tubing and Paddleboarding One of summer’s sweetest pleasures in the North Carolina Smokies is floating along the cool mountain waters. There are many great spots, but among the most popular are Deep Creek outside Bryson City, the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee, several spots along the Tuckasegee River from Cullowhee to Dillsboro and the Little Tennessee River in Franklin. No tube? No worries. All four rivers have companies to outfit you with a tube. And if standing while floating is more your thing, try the increasingly popular paddleboarding. Zip Lining If you’ve taken the time to see the forest from the trails, perhaps it’s time to get a bird’s eye view. Three popular spots are the Nantahala Outdoor Center, the Wildwater Nantahala Gorge Adventure Center in Wesser and the Highlands Aerial Park at Scaly Mountain.

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NC S C EN IC BYWAYS Follow the byways, and you will see some of the most breathtaking scenery in the North Carolina Great Smokies. Designated specifically to give visitors and residents a chance to experience a bit of North Carolina history, geography and culture, they also raise awareness for the protection and preservation of area treasures. The routes were carefully selected to embody the diverse beauty and culture of the area and provide safe and interesting alternative routes to the faster-paced areas found along our major highways and interstates. All the better for sightseeing. For more information, visit ncdot.gov/travel/scenic and/or download the UGoTour mobile app in the iTunes or Google Play store to guide your tour along the region’s Scenic Byways.

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Waterfall Byway Strangely powerful or eerily tranquil, waterfalls do have a way of casting a spell. If you happen to be a fan, this is your byway. Winding 98 miles and featuring more than 200 distinct waterfalls, it begins at U.S. 64’s intersection with N.C. 215. Where it ends is likely somewhere far deeper within you. 98 miles • 3.5 hours Cherokee, Clay, Jackson, Macon and Transylvania counties

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Nantahala Byway The Cherokee used “Nantahala” to mean “Land of the Noonday Sun.” Why noonday? Well, likely for the steep walls that frame the Nantahala Gorge, an impressive site you’ll tour as part of this swirling byway. Nearby, the Nantahala River has become legendary for its whitewater. Just depart from Marble, head east and don’t stop until you pass Wesser. 43 miles • 1.5 hours Cherokee, Graham, Jackson and Swain counties

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Cherohala Skyway Esquire magazine said “It’s like driving through a car commercial.” Connecting the Cherokee National Forest to the Nantahala National Forest, this clean, smooth highway encourages you to open up your sports car or pause your RV for a sandwich and the beautiful sights. And the skyway vs. byway bit? Once you drive it, you’ll understand. 20 miles • 45 minutes • Graham County

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Indian Lakes Scenic Byway Where N.C. 28 meets U.S. 129 near the Tennessee border, fans of crystalline lakes (especially those featuring Indian names) will find their calling. Just leave what’s known as “The Dragon” and discover the first landmark, Fontana Dam. From there, you’ll have a hard time watching the road as you pass the likes of Fontana Village and Stecoah on the way to the byway’s meandering end. 57 miles • 1.5 hours Swain, Graham and Cherokee counties

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Whitewater Way Quick: You have three guesses as to what you’ll encounter on this scenic byway. The aptly named Whitewater Way is named for Whitewater Falls, which is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. Take N.C. 281 and hike the many trails leading to spectacular rushing water. Bathroom breaks are a must. 9 miles • 20 minutes Transylvania and Jackson counties

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Forest Heritage Scenic Byway Take off on U.S. 276 North from Brevard on the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway to see The Cradle of Forestry, the Pink Beds and Shining Rock Wilderness. 65 miles • 2 hours Haywood, Transylvania and Jackson counties

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Smoky Mountain Scenic Byway Travel through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, renowned for its diverse plant and animal life. A trip along this road puts you in close proximity to some of North Carolina’s most captivating wildlife, and gives a glimpse of the Southern Appalachian pioneer culture that once dominated the region. Just hop off the Blue Ridge Parkway on to U.S. 441 near the Qualla Boundary of the Cherokee Indian Reservation and head north into Tennessee. 16.5 miles • 35 minutes Swain County

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NATIONAL PARKS Great Smoky Mountains National Park– Photo courtesy of Smoky Mountain News

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Straddling North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses over one-half million acres, making it the largest national park in the East. It has more species of plants, animals and insects than anywhere else in the world, rivaling even the rainforests. For panoramic views, tumbling mountain streams, weathered historic buildings and uninterrupted forest stretching to the horizon, just hop in your car and drive through the park. If you need to stretch your legs, park and hike on one of the more than 900 miles of trails in the park. Locals agree that the North Carolina side of the park is considered more pristine, tranquil and is less heavily used than the Tennessee side. So if you’re looking for a more-off-the-beaten-path experience, you’re in the right place. Blue Ridge Parkway The most visited unit of the National Park System, the Blue Ridge Parkway is known for its stunning views, abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, campsites and informational exhibits. Named “America’s Favorite Drive,” the Parkway offers 469 miles connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and is definitely worth the trip. With hiking trails, campsites and countless recreational opportunities found along this National Scenic Byway, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and experience the world’s most diverse display of flora and fauna. Find out more at blueridgeparkway.org The folkways of Appalachia Mingus Mill, a historic gristmill built in 1886, uses a water-powered turbine instead of a waterwheel to power all of its machinery. Conveniently located just off of U.S. Highway 441 through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mingus Mill– Photo it’s a living piece of Smoky Mountain courtesy of Smoky history. Visitors can purchase corn meal Mountain News and other mill-related items while seeing how a real mill works. Just a half mile down the road at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, you’ll find The Mountain Farm Museum. A living museum preserving the legacy of the hardy settlers who lived on what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it hosts a variety of events throughout the year.

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NATIONAL FORESTS Nantahala National Forest– Photo courtesy of INNsights Internet Marketing

Nantahala National Forest Legend has it that sunlight can only reach the floors of the rich cove forests of Nantahala National Forest, or touch the ribbons of water that course through the gorges, at noon when the sun is directly overhead. Created in 1920, the wild and scenic Nantahala National Forest is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina, covering just over half-a-million acres. There are more than 27,000 acres of designated wilderness found in its hills, including Ellicott Rock, Joyce Kilmer/Slickrock and the Southern Nantahala Wilderness. If you’re craving adventure in nature, the Nantahala National Forest is renowned for whitewater rafting, mountain biking, camping and hiking. World-renowned trails including The Appalachian Trail, Bartram’s Trail and the Mountains-To-The-Sea Trail all meander through the forest. And with more than 600 miles of trails, there are plenty of day hikes and short strolls to get you moving. Find out more at www.fs.fed.us Pisgah National Forest The Pisgah National Forest began as a part of George Vanderbilt’s private estate. The area west of Vanderbilt’s Asheville Biltmore Estate was sold to the federal government after his death in 1914 and became the first tracts of the now half-millionacre Pisgah National Forest. Today, Pisgah is home to the Shining Rock Wilderness Area, Max Patch, the Harmon Den Bear Preserve, The Cradle of Forestry and Sliding Rock. www.fs.fed.us

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RECREATIONAL AREAS AND CAMPGROUNDS

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Cherokee Lake Open year-round

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Hanging Dog Open June-Oct

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Fires Creek Open year round

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Jackrabbit Mountain Open May-Sep

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Bob Allison Open year round

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Standing Indian Open April-Nov

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Hurricane Primitive Open year round

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Arrowood Glade Open year round

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Wayah Crest Open year round

10 Wayah Bald Open year round 11 Nantahala Gorge Open year round 12 Ferebee Memorial Open year round 13 Snowbird Open year round 14 Cheoah Point Open April-Oct 15 Horse Cove* Open year round 16 Joyce Kilmer Open year round 17 Cable Cove Open April-Oct 18 Tsali Open April-Oct

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19 Cliffside Lake Open May-Oct 20 Van Hook Glade Open May-Oct 21 Whitewater Falls Open year round 22 Whiteside Mountain Open year round 23 Balsam Lake Open year round 24 Sunburst Open May-Nov 25 Rattler Ford Group Campground Open mid-April–mid-Oct ReserveUSA.com or 877.444.6777. Four campsite areas that accommodate around 25 persons each for tent camping

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK 26 Deep Creek Open May-Oct 27 Smokemont** Open year round 28 Balsam Mountain** Open year round 29 Cataloochee Open April-Oct 30 Elkmont* Open year round 31 Cades Cove** Open year round *In winter no water or fee **Weather permitting Numbers above refer to the map on the front inside cover of the guide.

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HIKING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS Thousands of trails permeate the North Carolina Great Smokies. From easy to strenuous, short to long, mountain tops to pristine lakes, you’re sure to get stunning views and handson natural experiences. If you prefer two wheels, try mountain biking through one of the trails and zoom through the park. Or you can give your legs a break and take a horse. However you enjoy the trails, you’re sure to disconnect for a bit, get away and maybe, just maybe, feel a little like a pioneer.

Appalachian Trail to Charlie’s Bunion 4 miles Trailhead: Newfound Gap parking area. This four-mile stretch offers spectacular views of the Smokies. Appalachian Trail to Wesser Bald 2 miles Trailhead: Wesser Gap. This scenic portion of the Appalachian Trail is perfect for day hikes. Bartram Trail 37.7 miles Trailhead: The trail enters North Carolina just south of Highlands on Highway 106 and joins the Appalachian Trail at two points. The trail ends on Cheoah Bald. Big Indian Horse Trail 8 miles Trailhead: Big Indian Creek. The Standing Indian Recreation Area west of Franklin offers many excellent hiking trails and lies in close proximity to the Appalachian Trail. The Big Indian Trail is designated for both horseback riding and hiking, and there is a horse camp close by at Hurricane Creek. Big Snowbird Trail 12.7 miles Trailhead: Big Snowbird Road. The first four miles are recommended for day hikes. Fires Creek Area Trails 0.3–5.4 miles Trailhead: Fires Creek Recreation Area. Offers a number of excellent trails, including a designated horseback trail and horse camp. Cover Loop is an easy 0.3-mile trail that is handicap accessible. Other popular foot trails include Leatherwood Loop Trail (0.7 mile), Leatherwood Branch Access (3.5 miles) and Cover Trail, which follows Fires Creek for approximately five miles. Jackrabbit Mountain Trail 2.5 miles Trailhead: Jackrabbit Recreation Area. Trail offers an excellent view of Lake Chatuge and provides lake fishing access as well.

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Easy Moderate Difficult Bike Trail Horse Trail Fishing Handicap Accessible

Hiking trail– Photo courtesy of Smoky Mountain News

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail 2 miles Trailhead: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest parking lot. Joyce Kilmer Forest offers a spectacular two-mile loop trail. Mallonee Trail 5 miles Trailhead: Balsam Lake Recreation Area. The Mallonee Trail provides barrier free access, with three wheelchairaccessible fishing platforms located along the trail. Maple Springs Observation Point 800 feet Trailhead: Maple Springs Observation Area. Maple Springs offers an unparalleled view of the Smokies, especially during the fall color season. Mountains-to-Sea Trail 8.75 miles Trailhead: Old Bald Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Highland’s portion of North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail traverses breathtaking stands of forest and plenty of wildlife. Santeetlah Bike Trails 15 miles total Trailhead: Long Hungry Road and Carver Cemetery. Although riding the entire 15-mile trail might be too much for a beginner, short out-and-back sections from trailheads and the four-milelong Hungry Loop will provide a good introduction to trail riding. The Connector Trail, a quarter mile section of technical singletrack, is the perfect place for beginners and intermediate riders to practice your skills. You can access the Connector Trail from the Long Hungry Road and Carver Cemetery trailhead. Whiteside Mountain Trail 2 miles Trailhead: Whiteside Mountain parking area. The loop trail features a view of the highest vertical drop in the Eastern U.S. at 750 feet. Sheer rock faces are popular for rock climbing and rappelling. Yellow Mountain Trail 4.8 miles Trailhead: Buck Creek Road (SR 1538). Traverse three of Highland’s most scenic mountains. This trail features beautiful views and a diversity of plant life. Great Smokies North Carolina

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MOUNTAIN BIKING It’s hard not to notice that mountain biking has become one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the Smokies. A quick drive down the highway and you’ll see vehicles with mountain bikes strapped on zoom by on the way to hit the trails. For those outdoor enthusiasts looking to feel a rush while enjoying nature, the Smokies contain some of the best bike trails anywhere.

Tsali Recreation Area This is the granddaddy of Western North Carolina mountain biking, boasting 40 miles of trails on four loops. Rated as one of top 10 places to ride in the U.S. Fast, hard-packed single track, and you can’t go wrong with any of the loops. Off N.C. 28 past Bryson City, or if coming from Robbinsville N.C. 143 until you reach N.C. 28, go east. Entrance on north side of N.C. 28, well-marked. The Santeetlah Lake Trail A 15-mile trail open to mountain bikes, horses and hikers. The trail follows a number of open and gated Forest Service roads with a short portion of single-track. Large sections of the trail hug the shoreline of Lake Santeetlah offering beautiful mountain lake views. The primary trailhead is located at the intersection of N.C. 143 (N.C. 1127) and Snowbird Road. Fontana Village Trails The individual trails vary widely in their width, steepness and technical difficulty. Describing one distinct route here is impossible because this network of trails crisscrosses all around the village and totals about 20 miles. While traveling west on US Hwy. 74, take a right onto Hwy. 28 towards Almond. Follow Hwy. 28 for about 22.5 miles, and then take a left into Fontana Village Resort.

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Jackrabbit Mountain Located next to the huge Jackrabbit Campground at Lake Chatuge, this 14-mile trail system is gaining popularity fast. Mostly flat with rolling dips and berms and just a few technical areas. At Lake Chatuge get on N.C. 175, turn onto Jackrabbit Road, signed parking area on left. Western Carolina University Trail Recently opened 6.6 miles of single track across the street from main WCU campus in Cullowhee. Challenging but relatively short. The trail system has two trailheads. One is located near the softball field and picnic area on WCU main campus, east of N.C. 107. Trail users then travel through the pedestrian tunnel under 107 and access the trail on NCCAT property. The second trailhead is located at the parking lot of the Health and Human Sciences building. Hanging Dog Campground Area The Ramsey Bluff Bike Trail System is located at the Hanging Dog Campground area, and offers under-utilized adventure in mountain biking. The eight mile labyrinth of trails is a group of connected loops, allowing an interesting variety of combinations for repeat visitors to explore. The trail difficulty ranges from easy to moderate and range from 1500' to 1900' in elevation. Hanging Dog is on Hiwassee Lake in the Nantahala National Forest, five miles northwest of Murphy, NC.

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DON’T JUST EXPERIENCE A WEEKEND, EXPLORE ONE ON THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN

At the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, The Cheoah River, Little Tennessee River, Nantahala River, Oconaluftee River and Tuckasegee River all flow through the North Carolina Smokies and into Fontana Lake, creating a spectacular “Blueways Trail” throughout the region. These five spectacular rivers, the lakes along the way and their watersheds encompass the Nantahala National Forest and two National Park units, creating the largest outdoor

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The Cheoah River is located in the extreme southwestern corner of North Carolina, near Robbinsville. Twenty miles long, the Cheoah is one of the most physically demanding rivers in the world. On release days, sections of the Cheoah offer challenging Class IV and V rapids, the perfect challenge for the most adventurous paddlers. With its unique features and exciting rapids, paddlers agree that the Cheoah will become one of the crown jewels of the whitewater world. The Nantahala offers river rafting and kayaking through familyfriendly rapids and is also a popular spot for the amateur and Olympic paddler. As one of America’s most popular whitewater runs, it features eight miles of Class II rapids before splashing through the exciting Class III whitewater of Nantahala Falls. The Nantahala is also recognized as one of the area’s premier trout streams. So good, in fact, that Trout Unlimited included it on their list of the Top 100 Trout Streams in the U.S.

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recreation areas in the Southeastern United States. These rivers, known as the Great Rivers and Great Lakes of the Great Smokies, offer fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and a host of recreational opportunities, so it’s no surprise that it’s also one of the most visited areas. Visit smokymountainblueways.com for more information.

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The Tuckasegee, known as the “Tuck,” originates in Jackson County and runs through Cullowhee, Webster, Dillsboro and Bryson City on its way to Fontana Lake. A popular river for tubing, floating, canoeing, rafting and kayaking, it’s best known for fishing. With many areas as wide as many western rivers, the Tuck offers plenty of room for back casting. It’s such a popular area for fishing, that Jackson County Chamber of Commerce produced its own fly-fishing map for the Tuck. If you’re looking for an exhilarating way to experience fly-fishing, make sure and check out a float trip on the Tuck. The highest-elevation lake east of the Mississippi, Lake Glenville, is a reservoir located eight miles from Cashiers, North Carolina. Like the mountains that meet its shore, the lake’s bottom plunges steeply to eighty feet or more, creating one of our deepest lakes. With over twenty-six miles of pristine shoreline, Lake Glenville’s waters have become a tourist destination for kayakers, canoe paddlers, water-skiers and pleasure boat enthusiasts. Encompassing 1,450 acres and surrounded by cliff sides, it’s the perfect cool retreat for the Southeast’s hot summers.

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Only an eight mile hike from the Appalachian Trail, the Santeetlah Lake is perfect for rustic outdoor enthusiasts. More than fifty primitive campsites are scattered around the lake and require neither permits nor fees. The lake is home to a variety of fish including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, bream and lake trout, so catching dinner shouldn’t be a problem. With seventy-six miles of shoreline and over two hundred miles of hiking trails in the Cheoah District, working up an appetite shouldn’t be a problem, either. The Little Tennessee and its immediate watershed comprise one of the richest archaeological areas in the Southeastern U.S. The Little Tennessee drains portions of three national forests—Chattahoochee, Nantahala and Cherokee, and provides the southwestern boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Known to avid fisherman for its smallmouth bass, this river is a popular spot for canoeing, fishing and floating. Travelers and locals alike enjoy the town of Franklin’s Little Tennessee Greenway as it winds along the river. The Oconaluftee, considered sacred waters by the Cherokee, is a beautiful, freestone river that drops 2,000 feet over 10 miles. Also known as the “Luftee,” this majestic river flows through Cherokee before joining the Little Tennessee on the way to Lake Fontana. Wading, tubing and canoeing are all popular activities found on the river. However, it’s most famous for its abundant and healthy rainbow, brook and brown trout. In fact, it holds the North Carolina Record Brown Trout weighing in at 15.9 pounds. Tuckasegee River– Photo courtesy of Mark Haskett/ Jackson County Tourism Development Authority

Check with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at ncwildlife.org for fishing regulations specific to each river.


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NANTAHALA L A KE

Fontana Lake forms part of the southern border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and part of the northern border of the Nantahala National Forest. Short of a multi-day hike, Fontana Lake provides the only access into the most remote areas of the National Park, including Hazel Creek. The lake is used by boaters, floaters and flat-water kayakers looking for an out-of the-way experience. Also frequented by avid fisherman, some say that Fontana Lake offers the best smallmouth bass fishing in the United States. On a clear day, hikers can view the lake from the observation tower on Clingmans Dome, creating breathtaking views. Nantahala Lake sits above the Nantahala Gorge and is known for its scenic beauty, crystal clear waters and excellent fishing. Its beauty beckons to water-lovers looking to do some swimming, boating, skiing and many other activities. Meanwhile, anglers catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout, catfish and many different species of pan fish. The lake is also the only place to find freshwater Kokanee salmon in the Southeast.

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Visit SmokyMountainBlueways.com to see public access points for each of the Great Rivers and Great Lakes of the Great Smokies.

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Big Laurel Falls An easy 0.5-mile trail brings you to this 30-foot cascading waterfall that tumbles into a small, placid pool.

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Bridal Veil Falls Visible from U.S. 64, this beautiful waterfall drops 120 feet.

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Cullasaja Falls Visible from U.S. 64, this 250-foot waterfall is accessible by a 0.5-mile steep trail.

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Dry Falls 3.5 miles west of Highlands, a paved walkway takes you to and through the 75-foot falls.

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Glen Falls A one-mile steep, rough trail brings you to three falls, each dropping about 60 feet.

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Indian Creek Falls An easy one-mile hike from Deep Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park brings you to this gorgeous 60-foot waterfall.

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Juney Whank Falls Just 0.25 mile downstream from Indian Creek Falls.

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Mingo Falls This 200-foot scenic waterfall is a five-minute walk from the Mingo Falls Campground on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

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Mouse Creek Falls Follow a two-mile trail to Mouse Creek’s 25-foot falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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10 Rufus Morgan Falls It’s just a short walk to these near-vertical 65-foot falls near Wayah Bald. 11 Sassafras Falls Follow a 3.5-mile trail to wide, steep, multiple falls that are about 45 feet high. 12 Silver Run Falls A combination free-fall and near-vertical slide about 40 feet high. 13 Soco Falls Just north of Cherokee, this waterfall runs down the slope of Soco Bald. 14 Tom Branch Falls Just 0.25-quarter mile from Deep Creek Campground. 15 Waterfall on Tellico River 0.5-mile trail to two large cascading waterfalls, separated by a short run, with an overall height of about 45 feet. 16 Waterfall on Townhouse Branch This 30-foot waterfall starts with a steep cascade into a 5-foot freefall, one-mile trail to falls. 17 Whitewater Falls At 411 feet, this is the highest waterfall in the Eastern U.S. From U.S. 64 to Sapphire, turn onto N.C. 281. Entrance is in about 8 miles. 18 Yellow Creek Falls Travel U.S. 129 North of Robbinsville. Go two miles past the Yellow Creek Road intersection and the parking area and trailhead/sign will be on the right. Walk 0.33 miles to falls. Numbers above refer to the map on the front inside cover of the guide.

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Just West of Asheville, two vibrant communities lay surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Waynesville is a picturesque community that embodies the culture and heritage of Western North Carolina. Maggie Valley, the gateway to the striking Cataloochee Valley section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offers Cataloochee Valley Tours, which is a great way to see the valley and its wildlife. If you’re looking to stay in the area, check out Cataloochee Ranch for quaint lodging and always fun horseback riding.

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Agritourism

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market Fresh local produce, fresh seafood, baked goods, goat cheese, herbal products, meat, eggs, plants, flowers, preserves, honey and heritage crafts. Live music. 8am to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May through October, with a winter market through mid-December. 250 Pigeon Street in the parking lot of the HART Theatre. 828-550-4774 • waynesvillefarmersmarket.com Canton Tailgate Market Fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Open from 7am to noon Thursdays. May through October at Municipal parking area in Sorrells Park. buyhaywood.com

Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm 445 Boyd Farm Rd Waynesville, NC 28785 828-926-1575 • boydmountain.com Waynesville Tailgate Market Fruits, vegetables, black walnuts, organic food and other homemade products. 8am to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May through October. 171 Legion Drive at the American Legion in Waynesville behind Bogart’s restaurant. 828.648.6323 • buyhaywood.com

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Cultural/Museums

Canton Area Historical Museum Displays focusing on the cultural history of Canton and Haywood County. 36 Park Street, Canton 828.646.3412 • visitncsmokies.com Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at the Shelton House Featuring unique works from some of the state’s most acclaimed artisans. 49 Shelton Street, Waynesville 828.452.1551 • sheltonhouse.org Wheels Through Time Museum, Inc Home of the World’s premier collection of rare historic American vintage motorcycles. 62 Vintage Lane Maggie Valley, NC 28751 828-926-6266 • wheelsthroughtime.com

World Methodist Museum Artifacts and memorabilia celebrating founder John Wesley and the worldwide religion. 575 Lakeshore Drive Lake Junaluska 828.456.9432 • worldmethodistcouncil.org Dining

Fat Buddies Ribs and BBQ of Waynesville Family style BBQ, baby back ribs, smoked pork, smoked beef, smoked chicken, hand-cut steaks. 193 Waynesville Plaza Waynesville, NC 28786 828-456-6368 • fatbuddiesribsandbbq.com Cataloochee Guest Ranch Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Evening entrees vary; an experience meant to be shared. Maggie Valley, NC 28751 828-926-1401 • 800-868-1401 cataloocheeranch.com

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Tap Room Bar & Grill Cork & Cleaver Steakhouse, seafood and southern cuisine in theWaynesville Inn, Golf Resort & Spa. (828) 456-3551 • thewaynesvilleinn.com The Swag Gourmet cuisine, served with flair in the candlelit dining room. Reservation only. 828-926-0430 • 800-789-7672 theswag.com Lodging

The Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort & Spa Historic property with eclectic rooms & 27-holes of golf, plus massages, a restaurant & sports bar. 176 Country Club Dr Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 456-3551 • thewaynesvilleinn.com The Swag Romantic, hiking, hideaway, Great Smoky Mountains, open April through November, reservations required, 5,000 foot elevation. 2300 Swag Road Waynesville, NC 28785 828-926-0430 • 800-789-7672 theswag.com

Country Cabins Authentic log cabins in mountain setting. Fireplaces, hot tubs, rocking chairs, covered porches, open year-round. Pets welcome. 171 Bradley St Maggie Valley, NC 28751 828-926-0612 • 888-222-4611 countrycabinsmv.com Cataloochee Guest Ranch A destination vacation spot offering mountaintop lodging, dining, horseback riding, hiking. 119 Ranch Drive Maggie Valley, NC 28751 828-926-1401 • 800-868-1401 cataloocheeranch.com Ramada Limited-Maggie Valley Open year-round, creekside rooms, indoor pool and hot tub, newly renovated. 4048 Soco Road Maggie Valley, NC 28751 828-926-7800 • 800-305-6703 ramada.com & ramdamaggie.com

CATALOOCHEE RANCH

Boyd Mountain Log Cabins Seven historic log cabins on 140 acres with fishing, hiking and a Christmas Tree Farm. 445 Boyd Farm Rd Waynesville, NC 28785 828-926-1575 • boydmountain.com Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn Spectacular views, Near Blue Ridge Parkway, Mountain to Sea Trail, National Park, deluxe continental breakfast. 130 Shiloh Trail Hwy 74, Exit 98 Waynesville, NC 28786 828-456-4402 • 800-218-2121 bwsmokymountaininn.com

Horseback riding and hiking. Bountiful meals, live mountain music, and milehigh views that seem to stretch all the way to eternity. And a chance to slow down and reconnect with your family, your friends and maybe even yourself. Sometimes, life really is this simple. And sometimes, it really needs to be.

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Outdoor Activity

ECO-TOUR Cataloochee Valley Tours, Inc. Evening elk eco-tours. Guided wildflower hikes. Firefly night walks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Waynesville, NC 28785 828-450-7985 • cataloocheevalleytours.com MOTORCYCLE RENTALS

Theater

Folkmoot USA North Carolina’s international festival featuring appreciation of diverse cultures through dance, music, costume, handicraft and culinary traditions. 112 Virginia Avenue Waynesville, NC 28786 828-365-5872 • 877-FolkUSA folkmoot.com Colonial Theatre Canton 828.235.2760 • cantonnc.com

Smoky Mountain Steel Horses Smoky Mountain Indian Motorcycle, Victory, Slingshot & Pre-owned HarleyDavidson Dealer. Sales, Service, Rentals & Apparel. 82 Locust Drive Waynesville, NC 28786 828-452-7276 • smokymountainsteelhorses.com Sunburst (Pisgah National Forest) Open May-Nov Camping, picnic, restrooms, trailer space, drinking water, fee required. Cataloochee Open April-Oct Camping, picnic, restrooms, trailer space, drinking water, hiking trails, scenic views, fee required. Mouse Creek Falls Follow a two-mile trail to Mouse Creek’s 25-foot falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mountains-to-Sea Trail 8.75 miles, difficult, bike trails, horse trails Trailhead: Old Bald Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Highland’s portion of North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail traverses breathtaking stands of forest and plenty of wildlife. 38

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre Waynesville 828.456.6322 • harttheater.org Shopping

Downtown Waynesville Association Eat, drink, shop, play. Treelined brick sidewalks. Views of the Smokies and Blue Ridge Mountains. 9 S Main St Suite 200 Waynesville, NC 28786 828-456-3517 • downtownwaynesville.com Mast General Store Mercantile packed with traditional fashions, comfortable footwear, hiking gear, 500 candies & country gourmet foods. Pets welcome. 63 North Main Street Waynesville, NC 28786 828-452-2101 • mastgeneralstore.com

A full service Indian, Victory, Slingshot and pre-owned motorcycle dealer in the heart of WNC. Motorcycle Rentals, Sales, Parts, Apparel & Service for all motorcycles. 82 Locust Drive, Waynesville, NC SMSH.co • 828.452.7276


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Visitor Information

Haywood Chamber of Commerce Leadership, advocacy, development, innovation, entrepreneurship magic, mountain living, vacationing, hospitality, adventure. Pristine waterfalls, vistas, panoramic. 28 Walnut Street Waynesville, NC 28786 828-456-3021 • haywoodchamber.com Haywood County Tourism Development Authority We invite you to experience our local brews, shopping, galleries, horseback riding, hiking. 44 North Main Street Waynesville, NC 28786 828-452-0152 • 800-334-9036 visitncsmokies.com Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce 50 years of service to Maggie Valley and surrounding area businesses! 3987 Soco Rd Maggie Valley, NC 28751 828-926-1686 • 800-624-4431 maggievalley.org

Town of Maggie Valley Maggie Valley Festival Grounds hosts diverse choice of festivals, shows & fairs such as Plott Fest. 3987 Soco Road Maggie Valley NC 28751 828-926-0866


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Home to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, this sovereign nation hosts an array of yearly festivals and events steeped in the art, culture and deep history of the tribe. Visitors can also access the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the majestic Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherokee. Head over to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort for fine dining options, lavish amenities and world-class live entertainment.

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Oconaluftee River The Oconaluftee, considered sacred waters by the Cherokee, is a beautiful, freestone river that drops 2,000 feet over 10 miles. Also known as the “Luftee,” this majestic river flows through Cherokee before joining the Little Tennessee on the way to Lake Fontana. Wading, tubing and canoeing are all popular activities found on the river. However, it’s most famous for its abundant and healthy rainbow, brook and brown trout. In fact, it holds the North Carolina Record Brown Trout weighing in at 15.9 pounds.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel Features slots, traditional table games, ten restaurants, shopping, entertainment, 1,100 guest rooms, spa. 3,000 seat events center with premier entertainment. 777 Casino Dr. Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-7777 • 877-811-0777 harrahscherokee.com Cultural/Museums

Fly Fishing Museum Gathering and preserving the artifacts and history of fly fishing. 516 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719 828-788-0034 • Fly fishingmuseum.org

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Mountain Farm Museum Collection of historical log buildings and artifacts. 150 U.S. 441 North Oconaluftee Visitor Center. 423.436.1200 • nps.gov/grsm Museum of the Cherokee Indian Artifacts from a culture nearly lost–waiting to be discovered. 589 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-3481 • cherokeemuseum.org Oconaluftee Indian Village Living Museum Living history museum documenting 18th century Indian village. 218 Drama Road Cherokee 800.438.1601 • visitcherokeenc.com

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Dining

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel Brio Authentic Northern Italian specialties, including pizza, oven-roasted steaks, chops, fresh fish and made-toorder pastas. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel Chefs Stage Buffet Offering seven stations– Italian, Mexican, Asian, comfort food, BBQ, soup & salad bar and desserts! Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel Ruth’s Chris Steak House USDA Prime steaks served in Ruth’s Chris’ signature style–sizzling hot on a 500 degree plate. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel Pizzeria UNO Express Noodle Bar Lobby Café Johnny Rockets Selu Garden Café Dunkin’ Donuts Express Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel

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Family Attraction

Lodging

Oconaluftee Indian Village Walk among the living culture of the Cherokee, circa 1750. 564 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-2111 • 866-554-4557 cherokeeadventure.com Fishing/Hunting Guide

Rivers Edge Outfitters Fishing, camping, hiking gear, and bird hunting. Guide Trips. Live bait, permits, classes. 61 Big Cove Road Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-9300 • wncfishing.com Golf Course

Sequoyah National Golf Club Located 45 minutes west of Asheville, North Carolina and nestled among the oak, fir and flowered valleys in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains resides Sequoyah National Golf Club. 79 Cahons Road Whittier, NC 28789 828-497-3000 • sequoyahnational.com

Stonebrook Lodge Enjoy free WiFi, continental breakfast and luxury appointments in our queen and king rooms. 436 Painttown Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-2222 • stonebrooklodge.com Smoky Mountain Inn and Suites Open Year Round, Internet Access Available, Near Smoky Mountain Park, complimentary breakfast and an indoor pool. 344 Seven Clans Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-1649 • thesmokymountaininn.com Baymont Inn Minutes from Harrah’s Casino. Our rooms feature pillow-top mattresses, micro/fridges and free WiFi. 1455 Acquoni Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-2102 • 877-229-6668 baymontinns.com/hotel/17875

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Fairfield Inn and Suites Located in the Casino District. Across the street from Harrah’s Casino on Hwy 19. 568 Paint Town Rd Cherokee NC 28719 828-497-0400 • 800-228-2800 marriot.com/avlck

SEQUOYAH NATIONAL

Hampton Inn Cherokee Newly remodeled. Close to Harrah’s Casino. Open year round. Refrigerators, microwaves in every room. 185 Tsalagi Rd Hwy 19 Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-3115 • 800-426-7866 cherokee.hamptoninn.com

ELEVATE YOUR GAME!

Frontier Motor Lodge 55 Casino Trail, Cherokee NC 28719 828-497-9293 Great Smoky Mountain Log Cabin Rentals Unique, individually owned cabins. Mountain views or creekside serenity throughout Western North Carolina. Fully equipped. 828-497-6182 • gsmcabins.com CAMPGROUND

Play where the air is refreshing, the views are breathtaking, and Robert Tre n t J o n e s I I d e s i g n e d greens are waiting. Enjoy 18 holes of challenging championship golf surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains. While yo u ’ re h e re, ex p e r i e n ce n a t u r a l b e a u t y, n a t i v e culture, and entertainment in the homeland of the Cherokee Indians. Cherokee SequoyahNational.com 828.497.3000

Outdoor Activity

Adventure Trail Campground A true family campground located on 20 acres in a beautiful mountain setting. Pets welcome. 273 Adventure Trail Cherokee, NC 28789 828-497-3651 • atcampground.com CAMPGROUND Yogi in the Smokies Campground Fun filled family park. Activities, fishing, tenting, RVing, cabins, riverside campfires, hay rides, crafts. Pets welcome. 317 Galamore Bridge Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-9151 • 877-716-6711 jellystone-cherokee.com

Smokemont Riding Stable Authorized NPS Concessioner offering guided horseback riding within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 135 Smokemont Riding Stable Rd. (off US 441) Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-2373 • smokemontridingstable.com Smokemont Open year round weather permitting Camping, picnic, restrooms, trailer space, drinking water, handicap accessible, hiking trail, horse trail, fishing, scenic views, information, fee required.

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Music on the River Every Friday and Saturday beginning May 27 through the summer. From 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river in downtown Cherokee. visitcherokeenc.com/ events/#sthash.mW68Qa0Z. dpufCherokee Bonfire Every Friday beginning May 27 through the summer. From 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. visitcherokeenc.com/ events/#sthash.mW68Qa0Z.dpuf Balsam Mountain Open year round weather permitting. Camping, picnic, restrooms, trailer space, drinking water, hiking trails, scenic views, fee required.

Entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park Open year round weather permitting. Mingo Falls This 200-foot scenic waterfall is a five-minute walk from the Mingo Falls Campground on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Soco Falls Just north of Cherokee, this waterfall runs down the slope of Soco Bald. Shopping

Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. For the best in handmade Cherokee arts and crafts, visit Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. 645 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-3103 • quallaartsandcrafts.com

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Traditional Hands Native American Jewelry & Art Gallery Gallery & jewelry shop featuring work of master silversmith General B. Grant & other wellknown Native Artists from several tribes. 1045 Tsalgi Road US19/US441 (Bus) Cherokee, NC 28719 828-554-5884 • traditionalhands.com Theater

Unto These Hills... a retelling Unto These Hills... a retelling. Totally re-written, rechoreographed and redesigned. Still absolutely remarkable. 564 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-2111 • 866-554-4557 cherokeeadventure.com

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Visitor Information

Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Visit us at cherokeesmokies.com to download your Visitor’s Guide. 516 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719 828-788-0034 • cherokeesmokies.com Cherokee Fish and Game We invite you to fish in our ancestral homelands. Waters are cold, fishing is great. PO Box 302 Cherokee, NC 28719 828-554-6110 • fishcherokee.com Cherokee Welcome Center Come experience 11,000 years of soul-stirring Cherokee history, culture, art, legend, tradition and events. 498 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719 800-438-1601 • visitcherokeenc.com

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Free wi-fi | Continental breakfast Luxury queen and king rooms

436 Painttown Road, Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-2222 stonebrooklodge.com

SMOKY MOUNTAIN INN & SUITES

344 Seven Clans Road, Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-1649 • thesmokymountaininn.com


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BALSAM, DILLSBORO AND CULLOWHEE

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ROBBINSVILLE 16 miles

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EXPLORE

Here you’ll find:

MURPHY Surrounded by Nantahala National Forest, these four towns offer beautiful views, charismatic culture and the best outdoor adventures. Home to Western Carolina University, Cullowhee is growing commercially and socially; Dillsboro houses a bustling art scene, with a river park and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad; and Sylva is a small town doing big things, with plenty of day and nighttime activities to choose from.

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Agritourism

Arts/Crafts

Whee Farmer’s Market Every Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm, the ‘Whee Market offers locally grown vegetables and eggs right off Highway 107 South at the entrance to The Village of Forest Hills. facebook.com/cullowheefarmersmarket Jackson County Farmer’s Market Plants, seeds, honey, breads, sweets, locally made crafts and meats. 9am to noon on Saturdays from April through October. Railroad Avenue at the Municipal Parking Lot near Bridge Park in downtown. The winter market is from 10am to 1pm from November through March across the bridge at the Community Table. 23 Central Avenue 828-393-5236 • jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org

Dogwood Crafters Traditional and contemporary arts and crafts can be found within the shop’s eleven rooms. 90 Webster Street Dillsboro NC 28725 828-586-2248 • dogwoodcrafters.com Blueways

Tuckasegee River The Tuckasegee, known as the “Tuck,” originates in Jackson County and runs through Cullowhee, Webster, Dillsboro and Bryson City on its way to Fontana Lake. The Tuck is a popular river for tubing, floating, canoeing, rafting and kayaking.

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Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Inc. Enjoy pints, flights & floats in our Tap Room. Take home Growlers of your favorites! Pets welcome. 545 Mill Street Sylva NC 28779 828-631-4466 • yourgnometownbrewery.com Papou’s Wine Shop & Wine Bar Serving the best wine, at the best prices, by the glass, halfcase, case! Tue-Sat. 1pm to 9pm. 414 W. Main Street Sylva NC 28779 828-586-6300 • visitnc.com/listing/papou-swine-shop-and-bar Evolution Wine Kitchen Restaurant, wine bar, infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Main Street in downtown Sylva! 506 W. Main Street Sylva, NC 28779 828-631-9856 • evolutionwinekitchen.com Cultural/Museums

Mountain Heritage Center Extensive displays of Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachian history. 150 H.F. Robinson Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee 828.227.7129 • wcu.edu

Dining

Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant Evening menu of fresh mountain trout, steaks, pasta dishes and Sunday lunch. 828-456-9498 • 855-456-9498 balsammountaininn.net Bogart’s Jackson County’s gathering place for everyone. Steaks, seafood, burgers, salads, kids menu, carryout and catering. 35 East Main St. Sylva NC 28779 828-586-6532 • menupix.com Mad Batter Food & Film Our dining theater features fabulous foods, free films, and a fantastic local draft beer selection. 617 West Main Street Sylva, NC 28779 828-586-3555 • madbatterfoodandfilm.com Lulu’s On Main Gourmet dining featuring nightly specials that include seafood, chicken and vegetarian friendly fare. Homemade desserts. 612 W Main St. Sylva NC 28779 828-586-8989 • lulusonmain.com


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City Lights Cafe Crepes, paninis, soups/salads, pasta, coffee, espresso, beer, wine, organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, free WiFi, outdoor dining. Pets welcome. 3 E. Jackson Street Sylva NC 28779 828-587-2233 • citylightscafe.com General Service

INNsights Internet Marketing Specializing in social media, internet marketing, websites, email marketing, blogging, photography, video and training. Sylva, NC 28779 828-226-4492 • innsights.com

Come read, rest, ramble and romp in our mountains!

The Balsam Mountain Inn welcomes you with gracious dining, rocker-filled porches, 50 cheerful rooms and a warm library. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 443/Balsam Gap Near Waynesville, Sylva, Dillsboro & Cherokee Call or visit our website for driving directions 800.224.9498 • www.balsaminn.net

Lodging

Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant Authentic 50 room country inn, just as it was over 100 years ago. Restored not Renovated. Pets welcome. 68 Seven Springs Drive Balsam, NC 28707 828-456-9498 • 855-456-9498 balsammountaininn.net BEST WESTERN PLUS River Escape Inn and Suites Balcony suites overlooking the picturesque Tuckasegee River available. Close to the action, far from the crowds! 248 WBI Drive Dillsboro, NC 28725 828-586-6060 • 800-780-7234 bwriverescape.com

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Near Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, shopping. Pool, spa, hot tub, WiFi, complimentary breakfast bar. 26 Rufus Robinson Road, Dillsboro, NC 28779 828-631-1111 • 800-holiday www.ihg.com/ holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/ en/sylva/dsbnc/hoteldetail Comfort Inn Beautiful Smoky Mountains, Western Carolina University, Balsam Mountain Preserve, Nantahala Forest, Cherokee, hiking, waterfalls, fishing. 1235 E. Main Street Sylva, NC 28779 828-477-4950 • comfortinn.com/hotel-sylvanorth_carolina-NC732

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Quality Inn Near Harris Regional Hospital, Mountain Heritage Center, WCU, Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park,Train. 2807 Highway 74 East Sylva, NC, 28779 828-586-3315 • choicehotels.com/north-carolina/ sylva/quality-inn-hotels/nc237

Beautiful new hotel close to WCU; easy drive to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountain NP. Rooms feature luxurious beds, microwaves, refrigerators, free WiFi. Complimentary hot breakfast bar. Meeting/event room, fitness and business centers, boardroom.

Smoky Mountain Getaways, Inc. Fully equipped vacation rentals featuring hot tubs, lakefront, riverfront and mountain views. Pets welcome. Hwy 74 West Dillsboro, NC 28725 828-586-8058 • smokymtngetaways.net CAMPGROUND Moonshine Creek Campground Cool and Secluded on Mountain Stream five minutes from Blue Ridge Parkway, RV, Tent, Cabins. Pets welcome. 2486 Dark Ridge Road Sylva, NC 28779 828-586-6666 • moonshinecreek.com CAMPGROUND Holly Cove RV Resort Seasonal and year-round campground. Large shady sites, swimming pool, community activities. Pets welcome. 341 Holly Cove Road Whittier, NC 28789 828-631-0692 • hollycovervresort.com

Dillsboro 828-586-3442

1235 East Main Street, Sylva ComfortInn.com/Sylva • 828.477.4950

Outdoor Activity

HORSEBACK RIDING Arrowmont Stable and Cabins You’ll enjoy one of the best trail programs in the Southeast, maybe even the country! 276 Arrowmont Trail Cullowhee, NC 28723 828-743-2762 • 800-682-1092 arrowmont.com Balsam Lake (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round Picnic, handicap accessible, hiking trail, fishing. Mallonee Trail 5 miles, easy, fishing, handicap accessible Trailhead: Balsam Lake Recreation Area. The Mallonee Trail provides barrier free access, with three wheelchairaccessible fishing platforms located along the trail.

Sequoyah National Golf Course

Cullowhee 828-293-3708


Western Carolina University Trail Recently opened 6.6 miles of singletrack across the street from main WCU campus in Cullowhee. Challenging but relatively short. The trail system has two trailheads. One is located near the softball field and picnic area on WCU main campus, east of N.C. 107. Trail users then travel through the pedestrian tunnel under 107 and access the trail on NCCAT property. The second trailhead is located at the parking lot of the Health and Human Sciences building. Concerts on the Creek Every Friday from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 7pm–9pm, at the Bridge Park gazebo stage in Sylva.

Rafting/Kayaking

Smoky Mountain River Adventures Perfect for beginner and intermediate paddlers. Bring the family for a scenic river trip! Pets welcome. 5303 US Hwy 74 East Dillsboro, NC 28789 828-586-5285 • 888-785-2662 smokymountainriveradventures.com Real Estate

Western Carolina Dillsboro Properties– 828-586-3442 Dillsboro Real estate in Sylva, Cullowhee, Bryson City, Franklin, Webster,and throughout WNC Mountains. 335 Haywood Rd. Dillsboro, NC 28725 828-586-3442 • searchwnc.com

Cullowhee 828-293-3708

Western Carolina Properties–Cullowhee 721 Speedwell Rd Cullowhee 28723 828-293-3708

Paddleboarding on the Tuckasegee River– Photo courtesy of Nantahala Outdoor Center


Shopping

City Lights Bookstore Downtown Historic Sylva, selling new and used books, gifts, cards, journals, maps, games, and more. 3 East Jackson Street Sylva, NC 28779 828-586-9499 • citylightsnc.com Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop Historic Dillsboro since 1969, destination for wide-array of specialty themed ornaments from astronauts to zebras! 488 Haywood Road Dillsboro, NC 28725 828-586-5391 • nancytutschristmasshop.com Theater

WCU John W. Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center Western Carolina University 828.227.2479 • wcu.edu/bardoartscenter

Mad Batter Food & Film Our dining theater features fabulous foods, free films, and a fantastic local draft beer selection. 617 West Main Street Sylva, NC 28779 828-586-355 • madbatterfoodandfilm.com Visitor Information

Dillsboro Merchants Association PO Box 219 Dillsboro, NC 28725 828-631-0900 • visitdillsboro.com Jackson County Chamber & Visitors Center Stop by for a free fly fishing map and hiking trail and waterfall guide. 773 W Main St. Sylva, NC 28779 828-586-2155 • 800-962-1911 mountainlovers.com Town of Dillsboro Re-discover the quaint mountain village of Dillsboro, NC! Eat, Shop, Stay, Play in Dillsboro. 42 Front Street Dillsboro NC 28725 828-586-1439 • dillsboronc.info

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Banana run in downtown Sylva– Photo courtesy of INNsights Internet Marketing


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Drive through the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains and you’ll find Cashiers, Glenville, Scaly Mountain and Highlands. These four beautiful, bustling communities offer quaint town centers, fine dining, antique shops, golf courses, boutiques, art galleries and breweries. Each town is surrounded by hiking trails, scenic waterfalls, rock climbing locations and tranquil lakes.

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Agritourism

Cultural/Museums

Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree & Elf Village Choose N Cut, Santa, costumes, kids Christmas, horse and carriage rides. 240 Chimney Pond Rd. Glenville, NC 28736 828-743-5456 • tomsawyerchristmastreefarm.com Blueways

Lake Glenville Lake Glenville is a reservoir located 8 miles from Cashiers, North Carolina.The lake bottom plunges as steeply as the mountains that meet the shore. Over the years, its waters have become a tourist destination for kayakers, canoers, water skiers and pleasure boat enthusiasts who found a cool retreat in the Southeast’s otherwise boiling summers.

The Bascom: Center for the Visual Arts Non-profit museum offers visual art exhibitions and educational programs. 323 Franklin Rd Highlands, NC 28741 828-526-4949 • thebascom.org Highlands Museum & Historical Village A village composed of several restored buildings, with historical exhibits in the museum. 524 North 4th Street Highlands 828.787.1050 • highlandshistory.com

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HIGHLANDS ‌the height of happiness

High in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina at an elevation of 4118 feet Highlands offers breathtaking views and cool temperatures. Nestled in nature, a home to black bears and to the most bio-diverse collection of flora and fauna in North America. Our public fountains are waterfalls, our facades are rock faces, and our parks are natural wonders encircled by the majestic and peaceful Nantahala National Forest. Highlands is an enchanting mountain retreat, a refuge from urban congestion without sacrificing cosmopolitan pleasures. Stay at a charming B&B, a rustic lodge or exquisite inns and hotels with luxurious European style spas. Dine casually or choose among several wine spectator award winning restaurants. Quaint gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, live theatre and a main street auction house await you in the picturesque downtown. Gem mining, zip lining and fly fishing, too, are nearby. Highlands, a truly unique destination. Come for a visit, stay for a lifetime.


Museum of American Cut & Engraved Glass Exhibits presenting one of the finest collections of its kind in the world. 472 Chestnut Street Highlands 828.526.3415 • ashevilleguidebook.com

HAMPTON INN & SUITES CASHIERS-SAPPHIRE VALLEY

60 room Smoke-Free hotel. Newly remodeled lobby and breakfast area. Indoor pool/jacuzzi, fitness center, meeting/event room, internet and a hot breakfast.

Zachary Tolbert House Museum Exhibiting the largest known collection of handcrafted ‘plain-style’ furniture, on-site walking trails. 1940 N.C. 107 South Cashiers 828-743-7710 • cashiershistoricalsociety.org

3245 U.S. Highway 64 East, Sapphire BlueridgeMtnsHotel.com • 828.743.4545

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Dining

Annie’s Café Inside Bartram Market, serving delicious homemade meals, Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center. 828-526-1663 Event/Wedding Venue

Sawyer’s Family Farmstead Overlooking Lake Glenville. Make dreams come true for a naturally beautiful and inspired mountain wedding. Pets welcome. 240 Chimney Pond Rd. Glenville, NC 28736 828-743-5456 • sawyerfamilyfarmstead.com Gem Mines & Shops

Jackson Hole Trading Post Cleanest mine around. Help for inexperienced. On Waterfall drive between Franklin and Highlands. Handicapped accessible. Pets welcome. 9770 Highlands Rd, Hwy 64E Highlands, NC 28741 828-524-5850 • jacksonholegemmine.com

Hampton Inn & Suites-Cashiers/ Sapphire Valley Complimentary breakfast, indoor pool, fitness center, hot tub. Rooms include WiFi, cable, refrigerator, microwave. 3245 Hwy 64E Sapphire, NC 28774 828-743-4545 • blueridgemtnshotel.com Laurelwood Inn A quaint motel in the heart of Cashiers. Rooms, suites, cabins. 58 Hwy 107N Cashiers, NC 28717 828-743-9939 • 800-346-6846 laurelwoodinncashiers.com Cashiers Village Inn Family owned, recently remodeled, walking distance to crossroads, WiFi, cable TV, pet friendly 19 rooms. 7 Slab Town Rd. Cashiers, NC 28717 828-743-7706 • cashiersvillageinn.com Mitchell’s Lodge and Cottages Lodge and cottages nestled by a stream and lake, only two blocks from Highlands’ Main Street. Pets welcome. 264 Dillard Rd. Highlands, NC 28741 828-526-2267 • 800-522-9874 mitchellslodge.com

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Fire Mountain Inn, Cabins and Treehouses A secluded mountaintop hideaway on hundreds of acres with breathtaking long range mountain views. Pets welcome. 700 Happy Hill Rd. Highlands, NC 28775 828-526-4446 • 800-775-4446 firemt.com

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Buckwood Log Lodge 828-526-3737 • scalymountain.com Log homes and villas. Secluded water and mountain views. YearWaterfall Byway round, fireplace, porches, AC, Strangely powerful or eerily TV, laundry. Pets welcome. tranquil, waterfalls do have a 120 Little Falls Rd. way of casting a spell. If you Highlands, NC 28741 happen to be a fan, this is 828-524-4811 • 866-524-4811 your byway. Winding 98 miles buckwood.com and featuring more than 200 distinct waterfalls, it begins Outdoor Activity at U.S. 64’s intersection with N.C. 215. Where it ends is Arrowmont likely somewhere far deeper Stable within you. and Cabins 98 miles • 3.5 hours You’ll enjoy Travel through Cherokee, one of the best trail Clay, Jackson, Macon and programs in the Southeast, Transylvania counties. maybe even the country! 276 Arrowmont Trail Whitewater Way Cullowhee, NC 28723 Quick: You have three 828-743-2762 • 800-682-1092 guesses as to what you’ll arrowmont.com encounter on this scenic byway. The aptly named Scaly Whitewater Way is named Mountain for Whitewater Falls, which Outdoor is the highest waterfall Center east of the Rockies. Take Snow tubing, ice skating, N.C. 281 and hike the many summer tubing, gem mine, trails leading to spectacular trout fishing, gift shop, rushing water. Bathroom café, family friendly. breaks are a must. 7420 Dillard Rd. 9 miles • 20 minutes Scaly Mountain, NC 28775 Travel through Transylvania 828-526-3737 • and Jackson counties. scalymountain.com outdoor center scaly mountain, nc

Highlands Aerial Park Located at an elevation 3,400 feet high atop High Holly Mountain. 9625 Dillard Rd. Scaly Mountain, NC 28775 828-526-8773 • 855-947-6344 highlandscanopytour.com

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Cliffside Lake (Nantahala National Forest) Open May-Oct Camping, picnic, restrooms, drinking water, hiking trail, swimming, fishing, fee required. Van Hook Glade (Nantahala National Forest) Open May-Oct Camping, restrooms, trailer space, drinking water, fee required.

Whiteside Mountain Trail 2 miles, easy Trailhead: Whiteside Mountain parking area. The loop trail features a view of the highest vertical drop in the Eastern U.S. at 750 feet. Sheer rock faces are popular for rock climbing and rappelling. Yellow Mountain Trail 4.8 miles, difficult Trailhead: Buck Creek Road (SR 1538). Traverse three of Highland’s most scenic mountains. Beautiful views and a diversity of plant life.

Whitewater Falls (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round Restrooms, hiking trails, scenic views.

Theater

Whiteside Mountain (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round Hiking trails, scenic views. Bridal Veil Falls Visible from U.S. 64, this beautiful waterfall drops 120 feet. Cullasaja Falls Visible from U.S. 64, this 250foot waterfall is accessible by a 0.5-mile steep trail. Dry Falls 3.5 miles west of Highlands, a paved walkway takes you to and through the 75-foot falls. Glen Falls A one-mile steep, rough trail brings you to three falls, each dropping about 60 feet. Silver Run Falls A combination free-fall and near-vertical slide about 40 feet high. Whitewater Falls At 411 feet, this is the highest waterfall in the Eastern U.S. From U.S. 64 to Sapphire, turn onto N.C. 281. Entrance is in about 8 miles.

Highlands Playhouse Highlands 828.526.2695 • highlandsplayhouse.org Visitor Information

Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce Visit for area information, maps, event calendars, dining, shopping, and recreation guides and more. 202 Hwy 64W Cashiers, NC 28717 828-743-5191 • cashiersareachamber.com

Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Conveniently located on Hwy 64 to help visitors plan their stay! (Free parking behind building.) 108 Main Street Highlands, NC 28741 828-526-2112 • 866-251-1826 highlandschamber.org

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Franklin is the perfect place to stop in for a refresher after hitting the nearby trails. Meander through the museums and shops lining its all-American downtown, catch a performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, walk along the scenic Little Tennessee River Greenway or stop in Lazy Hiker Brewery for a sip. The gem capital of the mountains, kids and parents can search for semiprecious stones in one of the several gem mines.

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J.W. Mitchell Farms Fresh fruits & vegetables, u-pick flowers & vegetables, wholesale quantities available. Closed Sundays. 395 Bradley Creek Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-2725 • jwmitchellfarms.com

Agritourism

Cowee Farmer’s Market Local produce, plants, herbs, honey, crafts, and more. 3:30pm to 6:30pm on Tuesdays from May to October. 51 Cowee School Drive 828.524.8369 • coweefarmersmarket.com Franklin Tailgate Market Variety of only homegrown products such as cheese, plants, eggs, trout, honey and more. 8am to noon on Saturdays and 10am to 1pm Wednesdays from April through November. 200 East Palmer Street 828.349.2049 • facebook.com/ franklinncfarmersmarket

Skyvue Ranch Alpacas Alpacas, Llama animal sales, fiber store, yarn, roving, felt, fleece, scarves, quilts, crafts, books, eggs. 179 Harvest Cove Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-0047 • skyvueranchalpacas.com Airport

Macon County Airport State-of-the-art airport terminal facility, business development center. 1241 Airport Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-5529 • maconedc.com

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Arts/Crafts/Antiques

Nestfeathers Visit a quaint old building with three floors of wonderful antiques and wonderful prices. 153 E. Palmer St. Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-5476 North Carolina Mountain Made This store features the works of over 100 regional artisans displayed with primitives and antiques. 36 E. Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-7766 • ncmountainmade.net Uptown Gallery Original art by area artists. Classes and workshops available. Call for art association membership benefits. 30 E. Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-4607 • mcaauptowngallery.wordpress.com Whistle Stop Depot Antique mall and specialty shops including furniture, country accessories, clothing, jewelry, crafts and food. 145 River Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-1600 • whistlestopmall.com Blueways

The Little Tennessee River The Little Tennessee and its immediate watershed comprise one of the richest archaeological areas in the Southeastern U.S. Canoeing, fishing and floating, winds along Franklin’s Little Tennessee Greenway. Nantahala Lake Nantahala Lake sits above the Nantahala Gorge and is known for its scenic beauty and crystal clear waters. The lake offers recreational opportunities that include fishing, swimming, boating, skiing, and many other activities. 66

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Lazy Hiker Brewing Company Come “Get Lazy”–Enjoy great craft beer in our taproom or get a growler to go! 188 West Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-2337 • lazyhikerbrewing.com G6 Cultural/Museums

Historic Cowee School Traditional mountain crafts, music, storytelling, displays, food, history, bluegrass, concerts, summer festival, demonstrations, cultural heritage. 51 Cowee School Drive Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-1945 • coweeschool.org Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum Gem and mineral museum. Free admission, gems, minerals, fossils, Indian artifacts, gift shop. Pets welcome. 25 Phillips St Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-7831 • fgmm.org Macon County Historical Museum Local history and genealogy. Special rotating collections. Gift shop. Genealogical research free to members. 36 W Main St Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-9758 • maconnchistorical.org Scottish Tartans Museum America’s only museum dedicated to traditional Scottish Highland dress. Find your tartan! Browse our gift shop. Pets welcome. 86 E Main St Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-7472 • 866-898-1192 scottishtartans.org

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FRANKLIN

Voted Top Small Outdoor Town We are proud to be voted 2015 Top Small Outdoor Town by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Franklin offers lots of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, exploring the many beautiful waterfalls in the area and taking scenic drives that will take your breath away. In the area around Franklin, there are ten active gem mines where you can mine for your own rubies, sapphires, garnets and other precious and semi-precious stones. Shopping opportunities are also abundant for antiques, handmade crafts, art and unique gifts. The new performing arts center features well known entertainers including country, gospel, oldies, dance, comedy and even magic shows. Come to a place where beautiful scenery, outdoor recreation, history and Southern hospitality are a way of life! Come to Franklin and discover the beauty and enjoy the life that surrounds you here! 425 Porter Street, Franklin VisitFranklinNC.com/smh • 866.372.5546

NANTAHALA Nature’s Paradise

Whether you are looking for a quiet getaway or an active vacation, Nantahala has it all. You will find comfortable lodging where you can just relax for a while and enjoy the beautiful wonders of nature from your own private lodge or quaint mountain cabin. Or, if you are looking for adventure, the Appalachian Trail runs right through our community, or a short drive will take you to the world renowned Nantahala River where you can enjoy an exciting rafting or kayaking excursion on the rushing waters or some high adventure on a zip line experience above the trees. For a more calming experience grab your fishing pole and take a boat out on the calm waters of pristine Nantahala Lake or go fly fishing in the rivers and streams that abound in the area. Lake Nantahala is located at an elevation of 3,200 feet making it the second highest lake east of the Rocky Mountains. Once you discover Nantahala, NC, we know you’ll be back — again and again.

Nantahala Tourism Commission, 425 Porter St, Franklin VisitNantahalaNC.com/smh • 877.524.2583


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Sakura Japanese Restaurant Japanese steak house & sushi Asian King Buffet Sushi Bar bar. Including patio seating, & Chinese Cuisine full bar and hibachi grill. 109 Commons Drive 57 Highlands Road Franklin, NC 28734 Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-9800 • 828-349-8917 • asian-king-franklin-nc.com sakurajapaneserestaurantfranklinnc. webs.com Boiler Room Steakhouse All Aboard! Delicious homeStamey’s Cafe cooked meals, showcasing Breakfast all day. Open local flavors, in a fun and daily 7-3. Country food with family friendly atmosphere. vegetables, sandwiches, 1024 Georgia Road omelets, pancakes and more! Franklin, NC 28734 1111 East Main Street 828-349-5555 • 866-482-2386 Franklin, NC 28734 boilerroomsteakhouse.com 828-524-8198 • stameyscafe.com Dining

Fat Buddies Ribs and BBQ of Franklin Family Style BBQ, Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Pork, Smoked Beef, Smoked Chicken, Hand Cut Steaks. 311 Westgate Plaza Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-4743 • fatbuddiesribsandbbq.com Fatz Cafe Welcome to the home of fresh, delicious homemade food and genuine southern hospitality every time! 107 Sawmill Village Lane (441 South) Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-5265 • fatz.com Gazebo Creekside Cafe Gazebo Creekside Cafe is where the locals eat. Enjoy outdoor dining. 44 Heritage Hollow Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-8783 • gazebocreeksidecafe.com

Sunset Restaurant Great homestyle cooking with family atmosphere, homemade pies, daily specials and sides. Dine in, curbside, carryout, catering. 498 Harrison Ave Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-4842 The Pizza Factory Home of the all-you-can-eat pizza and salad buffet. 1024 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734 866-482-2386 • franklinfun.com Hazel P’s Open TuesdaySaturday 10.30–5:30. A generational kitchen serving casual, lunch, sandwiches, soups, salads, gourmet to go, and bakery case. 46 East Main Franklin, NC 28734 828-357-1465 • Hazelps.com Family Attraction

Hana Express Asian, Sushi, Japanese, Hibachi, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, American, salads, wine, saki, beer, desserts. 215 Holly Springs Place Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-8879 • hanaexpressfranklin.com

Little Tennessee River Greenway Frog Quarters Greenway information, coffee, and local arts and crafts supporting the Little Tennessee River Greenway. Pets welcome. 573 E. Main St Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-8488 • littletennessee.org

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The Factory Over 100 arcade games, go-cart track, bumper cars, laser tag, mini-golf, and children’s play area. 1024 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734 866-482-2386 • franklinfun.com Andy’s Trout Farm Fishing, gem mining, hiking, cabins, family fun, waterfalls, weddings, RVs, wildflowers. Church groups, family reunions. 115 Andy’s Trout Farm Road Otto, NC 28763 706-746-2550 • andystroutfarm.com Fishing Guide

Great Smoky Mountain Fish Camp and Safaris Canoe, kayak, and tube rental, gourmet food and peaceful camping. An upscale resort. 81 Bennett Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-5295 • fishcamp.biz

Gem Mines & Shops

Mason’s Ruby and Sapphire Mine The original dig-yourown gemstone mine. Open 9-5 daily. Now offer enriched buckets. 6961 Upper Burningtown Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-9742 • masonsmine.com Gold City Gem Mine, Jewelry and Rock Shop NO ADMISSION FEE. 9410 Sylva Rd, Hwy 441 N Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-3905 • 800-713-7767 goldcityamusement.com Rose Creek Mine Good clean dirty fun! All equipment provided. Family friendly, picnic area, closed Sundays. 115 Terrace Ridge Drive Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-3774 • rosecreekmine.com Primitive Outback, Inc. Come pan in our flume or in the river.Your treasure awaits. Fun for everyone. 210 Robin Lynn Lane Otto, NC 28763 828-349-1717 • primitiveoutback.com

Franklin’s Original Native Dig-Your-Own Gem Mine

We have primitive camping and multi-day passes available. Now offering enriched buckets.

6961 Upper Burningtown Rd., Franklin

828.369.9742 MasonsMine.com

Open 9-5, Apr. 1–Oct. 31, except Easter


Gallery of Gems and Minerals Fine jewelry, affordable prices. Largest color stone collection in western NC and Michael Rogers Art. 2724 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-8931 • galleryofgems.com

Drake Software Comprehensive, all-in-one professional tax software. Everything you need, in one complete package. 235 East Palmer Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-2922 • drakesoftware.com Entegra Bank Community banking with personal and business accounts, mortgages, commercial loans and more. Mobile banking available. 50 W Main St/30 Hyatt Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-7000 • 800-438-2265 entegrabank.com

Gem Factory Over 30 years experience in jewelry making and stone cutting. Free cutting estimate. 3348 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-9193 • artisanjewelersnc.com Ruby City Gems NC’s largest and finest gem and mineral store. Gemstone cutting and mounting. Free Museum. 130 East Main St Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-3967 •800-821-7829 rubycity.com General Service

All Saints Episcopal Community A Covenant Community of Chapels of St. Agnes and St. Cyprians. 84 Church St. Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-4910 • asecnc.org Angel Medical Center Acute-care hospital plus Urgent Care Center on Hwy 441 in the Big Lots Shopping Center. 120 Riverview St Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-8411 • angelmed.org Dnet Internet Services Family-friendly Internet service provider. Internet access, hosting and website development. 189 E Palmer St. Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-3638 • 877-601-3638 dnet.net

Macon County Economic Development Commission Macon County, Certified Entrepreneurial Community. State-of-the-art airport terminal facility, business development center. 5 West Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-2306 • maconedc.com Macon Printing From quick copy to fullcolor professional offset printing, we can handle your printing needs. 219 E. Palmer Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-7045 • maconprinting.com Macon Rental Co. Sales service equipment rentals of all types! Family owned and operated more than 35 years. 537 W. Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-8911 • macon-rental.com PNC Bank PNC is interested in improving financial wellbeing, by being industry leaders in technology. 100 W. Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-0554 • pnc.com

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Premiere Marketing Full service advertising agency with experience in national and local level marketing. 261 E. Palmer Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-5999 • premieremarketing.biz Render Media Group Music videos, corporate training, or commercials. We pride ourselves in producing the finest video content. 185 Franklin Plaza Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-1597 rendermediagroup.com Riddle Design Co. Providing strategic and visually appealing branding, graphic design and marketing services. 864-933-6613 • riddledesignco.com Wired Computer networking service, WiFi, home business, training on-site. 611 West Palmer Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-0101 • wiredinc.net Golf Course

Franklin Golf Course Challenging nine-hole course, paved cart paths, driving range, pro shop, swimming pool and snack bar. 255 First Fairway Drive Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-2288 • franklingolfcourse.com The Golf Club at Mill Creek Franklin’s only 18-hole public golf course with newly renovated family restaurant and separate bar. 341 Country Club Drive Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-4653 • thegolfclubatmillcreek.com

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Colonial Inn Franklin 30 rooms, mountain views, pool, microwave, refrigerator, coffeemakers and free WiFi. Pets allowed. Call to match prices. 3157 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-6600 • colonialinnfranklin.com Comfort Inn We are Franklin’s newest hotel. Amenities include indoor pool, full hot breakfast, friendly staff. 313 Cunningham Rd Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-9200 • 800-221-2222 comfortinn.com Microtel Inn and Suites of Franklin Take a deep breath of invigorating mountain air and relax in the comfortable Franklin Microtel. 81 Allman Drive Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-9000 • microtelfranklinnc.com Cat Creek Lodge One bedroom suites, all with private baths, a personal kitchen area, and screened-in porches. 109 Holly Springs Village Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-0991 • catcreeklodge.com Oak Hill Country Inn Bed & Breakfast Private baths, queen beds, wireless DSL, air conditioning and a bountiful breakfast. Open year-round. 1689 Old Murphy Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-9194 • 800-587-6374 oakhillcountryinn.com

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Snow Hill Inn Our mission is to pamper you with southern charm, homemade breakfasts, modern amenities, and gracious service. 531 Snow Hill Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-9009 • snowhillfranklinnc.com Andy’s Trout Farm Fishing, gem mining, hiking, cabins, family fun, waterfalls, weddings, RVs, wildflowers. Church groups, family reunions. 115 Andy’s Trout Farm Road Otto, NC 28763 706-746-2550 • andystroutfarm.com

Bates Cabins 4, 5, 6 and 7 bedroom upscale kid and pet friendly vacation home rentals. Pets welcome. 129 Mac’s Mtn Retreat Ln Franklin, NC 28734 828-342-7764 • batescabins.com Big Bear Log Cabins Log cabins in wooded setting with WiFi and W/D. Perfect base location and open year-round. 3590 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-0099 • 866-349-0099 bigbearfranklin.com

Buckwood Log Lodge Log homes and villas. Secluded water and mountain views. Year-round, fireplace, porches, AC, TV, laundry. Pets welcome. 120 Little Falls Rd. Highlands, NC 28741 828-524-4811 • 866-524-4811 buckwood.com Carolina Mountaintop Homes 2/2 modern cabins, high speed internet, mountain views, fireplace, full kitchen, king beds, pet friendly. 144 Deer Crossing Road Franklin, NC 28734 800-820-1210 • cmthomes.com Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages Fireplace cottages in the Great Smokies! Fully equipped for a relaxing getaway. Couples, families, groups! Pets welcome. 208 Mountain Brook Rd (Highway 441 south between Sylva and Franklin) Franklin, NC 828-586-4329 • mountainbrook.com Mountain Timber Frame Vacation Rentals. Luxury vacation rental homes feature indoor/ outdoor fireplaces, upscale rustic furnishings, fully equipped kitchens. Franklin, NC 28734 828-421-0352 • timberframerentals.com

FRANKLIN Close to Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Experience all beautiful Franklin, North Carolina has to offer when you stay at Microtel Inn by Wyndham Franklin. Located in the Smoky Mountains, our lovely hotel near the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum is easily accessible from U.S. Route 23. Brighten your morning with free continental breakfast, then return to your room to look up. Great Smokies North Carolina 81 Allman Drive, Franklin, NC 28734 | 828-349-9000

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Myers Snuggery Cozy mountain retreat centrally located to Highlands, Franklin, Cashiers. Close to waterfalls and outdoor activities. 735 Hidden Trail Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-2366 • myerssnuggery.com Rest in the Mountains of Franklin, Inc. Providing beautiful vacation rentals in Franklin and Macon County. 144 Porter Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-8088 • 800-499-9310 restinthemountains.com Rivendell Vacation Rental Cabins Secluded cabins. Great mountain views. Three fully furnished cabins include hot tubs, satellite, washer/dryer, private phones. 536 Henderson Rd Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-6087 • 800-994-6462 rivendellcabins.com Sleepy Hollow Mountain Cabins 8 charming 1-2 and 4 BR cabins on 7 beautiful acres w/creek in the heart of Gem Mine Country. 130 Sleepy Hollow Lane Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-4311 • 877-682-8850 sleepyhollowmountaincabins.com

CAMPGROUND Country Woods RV Park Country Woods RV Park offers you spacious terraced sites, easy access and wonderful mountain views. 60 Country Woods Dr Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-4339 • countrywoodsrvpark.com

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CAMPGROUND Cullasaja River RV Park Our campground is located on the Cullasaja River, five miles from Franklin NC. 6269 Highlands Rd Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-2559 • 800-843-2795 campnc.com CAMPGROUND Downtown RV Park Beautiful wooded park in downtown Franklin. Park & Walk to everything. 11 Sites, 30 Amp. 160 Heritage Hollow Drive Franklin, NC 28734 828-332-2385 • downtownrv.com CAMPGROUND Franklin RV Park and Campground Full hook-up sites, 20-30-50 AMP, free WiFi, cable. Big rigs welcome. Pull-through sites, pavilion, fireplace. 230 Old Addington Bridge Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-6200 • franklinrvpark.com CAMPGROUND Mi Mountain Campground Full hook-ups, cable TV, pool, tent sites, rustic cabins, playground, LP, gas, family oriented. 151 Mi Mountain Rd Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-6155 • 800-441-6155 mimountaincampground.com CAMPGROUND Old Corundum Millsite Campground Located on Cullasaja River off Hwy 64 E, 5 miles from Franklin. 85 sites, full hook-ups. Gem mines nearby. 80 Nickajack Rd Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-4663 • ocmcampground.com

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CAMPGROUND Pines RV Park and Cabins 30/50 AMP. Open yearround. Tenters to 45-Foot RVs. Cabins. Beautiful, quiet mountain setting. 4724 Murphy Rd Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-4490 • gocampin.net/pinesrvpark

BIKE RENTALS Smoky Mountain Bicycles, Inc. Sales, service, rentals, group rides, free maps! New location in Downtown Franklin. 31 E Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-2881 • smokymtnbikes.com

Outdoor Activity

GHOST TOUR Where Shadows Walk Haunted history tours of Western North Carolina. Franklin, NC 28734 828-475-7151 • 888-507-9810 whereshadowswalk.com

CANOE/KAYAK/TUBING Great Smoky Mountain Fish Camp and Safaris Canoe, kayak, and tube rental, gourmet food and peaceful camping. An upscale resort. 81 Bennett Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-5295 • fishcamp.biz

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CANOE/KAYAK/TUBING Primitive Outback, Inc. Kayak down the beautiful Little Tennessee River. Enjoy nature at her best. Great family fun. 210 Robin Lynn Lane Otto, NC 28763 828-349-1717 • primitiveoutback.com Waterfall Byway Dry Falls, Cullasaja and Bridal Veil Falls Strangely powerful or eerily tranquil, waterfalls do have a way of casting a spell. If you happen to be a fan, this is your byway. Winding 98 miles and featuring more than 200 distinct waterfalls, it begins at U.S. 64’s intersection with N.C. 215. Where it ends is likely somewhere far deeper within you. 98 miles • 3.5 hours Travels through Cherokee, Clay, Jackson, Macon and Transylvania counties.

Friends of Little Tennessee River Greenway Follows the Little Tennessee River. The greenway meanders through wetlands, railroad cuts left behind by the Tallulah Falls Railroad, alongside pastures and through upland forest. Its surface is a mix of paved and non-paved (gravel) sections. Pickin’ on the Square Saturday nights May 23-Oct 17 FREE ** Bring your family, Bring your friends, Bring a chair. Standing Indian (Nantahala National Forest) Open April-Nov Camping, picnic, restrooms, trailer space, showers, drinking water, hiking trail, fishing, fee required. Arrowood Glade (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round Picnic, restrooms, drinking water.

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Mooney Falls and Big Laurel Falls An easy 0.5-mile trail brings you to this 30-foot cascading waterfall that tumbles into a small, placid pool. Hurricane Primitive (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round Camping, trailer space, hiking trails, horse trail, fishing.

Big Indian Horse Trail 8 miles, moderate/difficult Trailhead: Big Indian Creek. The Standing Indian Recreation Area west of Franklin offers many excellent hiking trails and lies in close proximity to the Appalachian Trail. The Big Indian Trail is designated for both horseback riding and hiking, and there is a horse camp close by at Hurricane Creek. Real Estate

Wayah Crest (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round Picnic, restrooms, hiking trails. Wayah Bald (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round 70 yr old stone fire tower, where AT & Bartram Trails cross, picnic, restrooms, hiking trail, scenic views. Nantahala Gorge (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round Picnic, canoe/rafting, fishing, scenic views. Ferebee Memorial (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round Picnic, canoe/rafting, fishing. Rufus Morgan Falls It’s just a short walk to these near-vertical 65-foot falls in Wayah Bald. Appalachian Trail to Wesser Bald 2 miles, Moderate Trailhead: Wesser Gap. This scenic portion of the Appalachian Trail is perfect for day hikes. Bartram Trail 37.7 miles, easy Trailhead: The trail enters North Carolina just south of Highlands near Rabun Bald and joins the Appalachian Trail at two points. The trail ends on Cheoah Bald.

Classic Properties Live in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. Retirement, relocation and second homes are our specialty! 212 Wayah St Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-6720 • 800-622-8835 classicpropertiesnc.com LamplighterMcCoy Real Estate All real estate needs including lot sales, residential, commercial, large tracts, and long term rentals. 340 E Main St Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-5601 • 800-524-5601 franklinNC-realty.com RE/MAX Elite Realty Let us help you find your dream home in the mountains! Outstanding Agents, Outstanding Results! 1296 E. Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-4600 • 866-981-4600 PropertyInFranklin.com Judi WrightKeller Williams Realty Homes, land, commercial, information, mountains, getaway, family, outdoors, retire, relax, views, retreat, activities, property, LIVING! 1573 Highlands Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-421-4670 • homesinfranklinnc.com

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Sheila Myers– Keller Williams Realty Call Sheila Myers for mountain vacation or seasonal homes, or property, also any relocation needed. 1573 Highlands Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-342-0866 • HomesinFranklinNC.com Shopping

A Stitch in Time Quilt Shop Full service creative sewing center, quilt shop, fabrics, supplies, books, patterns, Babylock, Handi Quilter Machines. 23 Macon Center Drive Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-3300 • astitchintimenc.com Christine’s Home Décor Foam & Fabric Outlet, trims, decorator & upholstery service. 9958 Georgia Road Otto, NC 28763 828-524-7007 • 866-968-2557 christineshomedecor.com

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Mossy Rock Home decor, accessories, spa products with urban look, feel, perfect for you and your home! 37 E. Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-1612 • facebook.com/MossyRockNC Dalton’s Christian Bookstore One of the largest selections of books, Bibles, music, and gifts in western North Carolina. 177 Franklin Plaza Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-6464 • daltonschristianbooks.com Friends of the Macon County Public Library Bookstore Books, magazines, CDs, audio books, videos, puzzles, textbooks for home schoolers. 115 Highlands Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-3600 • maconlibraryfriends.org

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Watauga Creek Western furniture, upholstery, bedding, lodge, rustic, leather, cabin, accessories, Indian handcrafted art, lighting, unique, high-end. 25 Setser Branch Rd Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-7881 • 800-443-1131 wataugacreek.com

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WNC SportsZone Everything you need to get geared up–athletic shoes, apparel, sports equipment, screen printing & embroidery. 209 Franklin Plaza Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-6587 • wncsportszone.com Mountain Spring Spas & Pools Certified Hot Spring Dealer since 1989. All spa and pool needs, sales and services! 611 Highlands Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-2871 • mountainhotspring.com Liberty Wood Products Complete millwork facility producing flooring, doors, closets, custom cabinetry, countertops, trim, mouldings, paneling, and built-ins. 874 Iotla Church Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-7958 • LibertyWoodProducts.net Providence Builders Locally owned construction company that manages commercial and residential projects with attention to detail. 199 Franklin Plaza Franklin, NC 28734 828-349-5920 • providencebuilders.biz Theater

Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts 1500 seat state-of-the-art facility, presents the finest live entertainment to our area. 1028 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-1598 • 866-273-4615 greatmountainmusic.com

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Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce Full service information center and local souvenir and gift shop representing Franklin and Nantahala. 425 Porter St Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-3161 • 866-372-5546 visitfranklinnc.com Franklin/ Nantahala Tourism Development Committee Promoting tourism in Franklin and Nantahala. Franklin, NC 28734 828-439-4646

Smoky Mountain Host Visitor’s Center Discover activities, events, history, and natural beauty the region has to offer. Gift shop, coffee and snacks. Free WiFi; open 9:00am to 5:00pm daily; closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. US Hwy 441 South Franklin, NC 28734 828-369-9606 • 800-432-4678 visitsmokies.org

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The last outpost of Western North Carolina before the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. Deep Creek offers river tubing, horseback riding, camping, hiking and waterfalls; the Nantahala Gorge is a world-class whitewater destination and the Tsali Recreation Area is one of the finest mountain biking trail systems in the country. Be sure to check out Bryson City’s bustling downtown, including an award-winning microbrewery.

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Swain County Farmer’s Market Organic produce, plants, trout, honey, jams, quail and rabbit as well as an array of local crafts. 9am to 1pm on Fridays from May through October. Main Street behind the historic courthouse in downtown. 828.488.3848 • greatsmokies.com

The Nantahala River The Nantahala River offers river rafting and kayaking through family-friendly rapids and is a popular spot for the amateur as well as the Olympic paddler. It features eight miles of Class II rapids before splashing through the exciting Class III whitewater of Nantahala Falls. Cultural/Museums

Darnell Farms Open-air farmer’s market, festivities, corn maze, hayrides, special events. 2300 Governors Island Rd. 28713 828-488-2376 • darnellfarm.com

Smoky Mountain Train Museum Catch the spirit of model railroading. Museum ranked in top ten in U.S. GSMR owned and operated. 100 Greenlee St. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-5200 • 866-872-4681 gsmr.com

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Swain County Heritage Museum Photos, exhibits, video about life of early settlers. 4 Everett Street Bryson City, NC 28713 800-867-9246 • swaincountync.gov/museum/ museum-home.html Dining

Big Wesser BBQ & Brew Enjoy a hearty meal at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River. Pets welcome. 13077 Hwy 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-7174 • noc.com River’s End Restaurant Fuel up for a day of adventure, where every seat is a riverside seat! 13077 Hwy 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-7172 • noc.com Fryemont Inn Serving full country breakfasts and delicious 4-course dinners, including Prime Rib, Lamb & Trout. 828-488-2159 • 800-845-4879 fryemontinn.com

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The Village Bistro Casual, elegant atmosphere. Bar seating, outdoor seating, indoor seating. 828-488-9000 • nantahalavillage.com Gem Mines & Shops

Nantahala River Gem Mine Family gemstone mining adventures near Nantahala River and Bryson City. Find rubies, emeralds, sapphires. 12121 Hwy 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-6345 • 800-468-7238 carolinaoutfitters.com Lodging

Fryemont Inn Historic Inn on National Register. Breakfast/dinner included. Cocktails, Swimming Pool, Fireplace Suites. 245 Fryemont St., Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-2159 • 800-845-4879 fryemontinn.com

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Two Rivers Lodge Biker friendly, family owned, mountain atmosphere, kitchenettes, deep porches, large pool, covered riverside bonfire/picnic area. Pets welcome. 5280 Ela Rd. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-2284 • tworiverslodgenc.com Sleep Inn One mile from Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Minutes from Cherokee Indian Reservation, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. 500 Veterans Blvd. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-0326 • 866-939-0998 sleepinn.com/hotel/nc024 Microtel of Bryson City Near Nantahala River, Fontana Lake, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, GSMNP, shopping, dining. Microwaves, refrigerator, WiFi. 82 Songbird Forest Rd Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-7900 • microtelinn.com/brysoncity

Nantahala Village Resort A unique mountain resort and meeting center on 150 acres in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. 9400 Hwy 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-9000 • nantahalavillage.com Rosewood Inn Motel featuring microwave, fridge, and internet. Walking distance of restaurant, shops and train. 265 East Main St Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-2194 • greatsmokies.com/rosewoodinn

FRYEMONT INN 245 Fryemont Street, Bryson City FryemontInn.com 828.488.2159 • 800.845.4879 Dining and lodging in the atmosphere of a bygone era. Historic lodge, fireplace suites and cabin. National Register of Historic Places. Dinner and breakfast included. Full Service Bar.


NOC Cabins Enjoy immediate access to paddling, biking and hiking as well as NOC’s riverside restaurants. 13077 Hwy 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-785-5082 • 800-232-7238 noc.com

Full service resort with panoramic mountain views offering a variety of lodging, restaurants and lounges just minutes from Bryson City, the Nantahala Gorge, Fontana Lake and area attractions and activities. Make Nantahala Village your vacation, meeting, wedding or club’s destination.

Carolina Vacation Lodging Bryson City and Nantahala River Gorge vacation home rentals. Convenient to rafting and train tours. Pets welcome. 2121 Hwy 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-6345 • 800-468-7238 carolinaoutfitters.com

9400 Hwy 19 West, Bryson City Nantahalavillage.com • 828-488-9400

Nantahala Cabins, Inc. Enjoy your romantic getaway/mountain adventure in a cabin nestled in the beautiful Nantahala Gorge. 580 Nantahala Cabins Lane Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-1622 • 877-488-1622 nantahalacabins.com

Smoky Mountain Cabins A large collection of affordable, family-friendly cabins in and around the greater Bryson City area. 162 Everett Street Bryson City, NC 28713 828-538-1413 • 800-995-8558 smcabins.com

Great Smokys Cabin Rentals From luxury to economy, we have WiFi, Jacuzzis, game rooms, fishing, breathtaking views & more! 1181 Main St. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-4630 • 800-655-9771 gscrnc.com

BRYSON CITY One mile from the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Tucked away in the foothills, our pet-friendly Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bryson City hotel is near Great Smoky Mountains and close to U.S. Highway74. Start each morning of your stay with free continental breakfast, then connect to friends and family with free Wi-Fi Internet access. Microwaves and refrigerators are included in each Room at our Bryson City, NC, hotel. 82 Songbird Forest Road, Bryson City, NC 28713 | 828-488-7900


Watershed Cabins Over 70 luxury cabins and lake homes within minutes of Bryson City, Nantahala Gorge and Cherokee. Pets welcome. 162 Everett St. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-3688 • 888-604-3075 watershedcabins.com Watershed Resort Near Bryson City and Nantahala River. 50 acres, hiking trails, trout pond, waterfall, yard games. 137 W. Watershed Rd. Bryson City, NC, 28713 877-784-0688 • watershedresort.com Outdoor Activity

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Join us onboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for a fantastic journey! 45 Mitchell Street Bryson City, NC 28713 828-586-8811 • 800-872-4681 gsmr.com

NOC Bike Shop Offering mountain bike rentals, repairs and sales. Rentals range from entry-level to high-end. Pets welcome. 13077 Hwy 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-7233 • noc.com

SLEEP INN BRYSON CITY 1/2 mile to Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Depot

500 Veterans Blvd • Bryson City, NC Toll Free: 866-939-0888 • Local: 828-488-0326 Visit us on the web at www.sleepinnbrysoncitync.com


GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS RAILROAD 226 Everett Street, Bryson City GSMR.com | 800.872.4681 Step on board for a passage through time as the railroad takes you through a scenic corner of Western North Carolina. Enjoy views of the river gorge, fertile farmland, a soaring high trestle or a hand carved tunnel. Let us be your guide through the breathtaking scenery while you kick back and relax in one of our vintage railroad cars. Ride First Class and enjoy a delicious meal with exclusive souvenirs or ride our Open Air Gondola for fresh mountain air viewing! Choose from a variety of train adventures departing from our Bryson City, NC depot. Enjoy specialty trains like the all new Railroad Reserve, a wine and rail pairing, or roll out on the POLAR EXPRESS with your family! Opt to do a full-day of railroading on the 44-mile Nantahala Gorge Excursion including a layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, or the 32-mile Tuckasegee River Excursion taking you past The Fugitive movie film site, to the town of Dillsboro and back! There’s a wide variety of excursions— book your tickets today!

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Tsali Cycles Great bikes for rent, sale, experienced service, parts, gear, apparel, beer, wine, bike trail information. 35 Slope St. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-9010 • tsalicycles.com Free concerts at the Depot Every Saturday night, JuneOct. 6:30-8:00pm Deep Creek Open May-Oct Camping, picnic, restrooms, trailer space, drinking water, hiking trail, horse trail, fishing, scenic views, fee required. Indian Creek Falls An easy one-mile hike from Deep Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park brings you to this gorgeous 60-foot waterfall. Juney Whank Falls Just 0.25 mile downstream from Indian Creek Falls. Tom Branch Falls Just 0.25-quarter mile from Deep Creek Campground. Appalachian Trail to Charlie’s Bunion 4 miles, moderate/difficult Trailhead: Newfound Gap parking area. This four-mile stretch offers spectacular views of the Smokies.

Waterfall on Townhouse Branch This 30-foot waterfall starts with a steep cascade into a 5-foot freefall, one-mile trail to falls. Nantahala Byway The Cherokee used “Nantahala” to mean “Land of the Noonday Sun.” Why noonday? Well, likely for the steep walls that frame the Nantahala Gorge, an impressive site you’ll tour as part of this swirling byway. Nearby, the Nantahala River has become legendary for its whitewater. Just depart from Marble, head east and don’t stop until you pass Wesser. 43 miles • 1.5 hours Travels through Cherokee, Graham, Jackson and Swain counties. Smoky Mountain Scenic Byway Travel through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, renowned for its diverse plant and animal life. A trip along this road puts you in close proximity to some of North Carolina’s most captivating wildlife, and gives a glimpse of the Southern Appalachian pioneer culture that once dominated the region. Just hop off the Blue Ridge Parkway on to U.S. 441 near the Qualla Boundary of the Cherokee Indian Reservation and head north into Tennessee. 16.5 miles • 35 minutes


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Nantahala Outdoor Center Raft with the best. Named “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure. Ages 7+ 13077 Hwy 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-785-5082 • 800-232-7238 noc.com Carolina Outfitters Whitewater Rafting Nantahala and Ocoee River family whitewater rafting adventures. Vacation lodging. Horseback riding, gemstone mining. Pets welcome. 715 Hwy 19W Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-6345 • 800-468-7238 carolinaoutfitters.com Rolling Thunder River Company The preferred rafting company for more than 30 years. Family-friendly rafting trips. Guided/nonguided. Pets welcome. 10160 Hwy 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-2030 • 800-408-7238 rollingthunderriverco.com 88

Wildwater Nantahala Gorge Adventure Center Fully guided, guide assisted, and rental trips on Nantahala, Ocoee, Big Pigeon, and Chattooga Rivers. 10345 Hwy. 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 866-319-8870 wildwaterrafting.com

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Family whitewater rafting fun on the Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers! Certified guides. Self-bailing rafts. Professional photos. Vacation rental cabins, horseback riding, zip lining, gemstone mining and train tours. Discount pricing and group rates online.

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Brookside Rafting Whitewater rafting available from campground. Creekside sites, country store, and swimming pool. 764 Hwy 19, 28781 828-321-5209 • 800-848-7238 brooksiderafting.com

Theater

Smoky Mountain Community Theatre Bryson City 828.488.8227 • smctheatre.com Visitor Information

Real Estate

Rockledge @ The Lake Gated mountain/lake villas, home sites. Private marina plus lodge/fitness center. The new standard! 55 Main St. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-736-0828 • rockledgeliving.com Shopping

NOC Outfitter’s Store The nation’s most-famous paddlesports store. Offers apparel, footwear and equipment for hiking and outdoor lifestyles. 13077 Hwy 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-7230 • noc.com Wesser General Store One-stop shop for snacks, sundries, souvenirs, flyfishing supplies, beer and wine. 13077 Hwy 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-7226 • noc.com

Swain County Chamber of Commerce of Visitor Center Stop by for all the information you need for your perfect Bryson City vacation experience. 2 Everett Street Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-3681 • 800-867-9246 greatsmokies.com

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The entrance to the spectacular Cherohala Skyway, a National and State Scenic Byway, visitors can easily escape into the lush backwoods of this area for a wide array of outdoor activities. Take a cable car down from the skyway to Fontana Dam, ranked among the most beautiful dams of the world. Make sure to check out the visitor’s center at the highest concrete dam east of the Rockies for breathtaking views. Just north of Robbinsville is the town of Lake Santeetlah, a water wonderland of camping, boating and hiking. Surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest and only a short drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this area is worth the quick trip.

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Arts/Crafts

Graham County Farmer’s Market Local farmers, growers and harvesters. 8am to noon on Saturdays from July through October. 828.479.8871 Wehrloom Honey Natural, unadulterated raw honey, health benefits as nature intended, handmade lotions, soaps, beeswax candles, more. 257 Willie Colvin Rd. Robbinsville, NC 28771 828-735-2300 • wehrloom.com

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Gallery, historic auditorium, commercial kitchen, arts, crafts, and culinary classes, fall festival, summer concerts. 121 School House Rd., Robbinsville, NC 28771 828-479-3364 • stecoahvalleycenter.com Blueways

The Cheoah River The Cheoah River, 20 miles long, is located in the extreme southwestern corner of North Carolina, near Robbinsville. Unique in its features, the Cheoah is one of the most physically-demanding rivers in the world and the perfect challenge for the most adventurous paddlers.

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FontanaVillage.com 828-498-2211 | 855-974-5302 Lake Santeetlah The lake hosts a variety of fish including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, bream, and lake trout. There are more than fifty primitive campsites scattered around the lake that include a picnic table and fire ring. These sites have no water or toilets but also require neither permits nor fees. Cultural/Museums

Graham County Museum of Prehistoric Relics A collection of prehistoric artifacts from North, South and Central America. 3204 Fontana Road Fontana Dam 828.479.3677 • thehikeinn.com Junaluska Memorial & Museum Displays dedicated to preserving Cherokee Indian history and culture. 1 Junaluska Drive, Robbinsville 828.479.4727 92

TVA Fontana Dam Museum & Visitor’s Center 1942, highest dam east of Rockies. The AT crosses over dam with showers, hikers call it the Fontana Hilton. 71 Fontana Dam Rd Fontana Dam, NC 28733 828-498-2234 • tva.com Dining

MountView Restaurant Elegant, relaxing atmosphere, freshest local vegetables and meats, baked goods, and desserts plated to perfection. 300 Woods Rd. Fontana Dam, NC 28733 828-498-2115 • fontanavillage.com Wildwood Grill Dine on the patio or inside, wonderful food, friendly service, take out pizza! Open seasonally. fontanavillage.com

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Tapoco River Grill Riverside dining, full bar, craft beer, brick oven pizza, groups welcome, covered parking, The Dragon’s Best. 14981 Tapoco Road Robbinsville, NC 28771 828-498-2800 • TapocoLodge.com Dragon’s Den Pub & Grill Breakfast, Lunch, serving our famous dragon burger, chicken, BBQ, sandwiches & more including daily specials! 17548 Tapoco Road Robbinsville, NC 28771 828-498-2231 • dealsgap.com/restaurant.htm Snowbird Mountain Lodge Four-course gourmet meals prepared by our chefs, freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Reservations required. 828-479-3433

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Fontana Village Resort Lodge, cabins, campground, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, disc golf, Lazy River, marina, groups. Pets welcome. 300 Woods Rd. Fontana Dam, NC 28733 828-498-2211 • 800-849-2258 fontanavillage.com Tapoco Lodge Visit Historic Tapoco Lodge where history meets adventure. The ultimate outdoor exploration and relaxation destination. 14981 Tapoco Road Robbinsville, NC 28771 828.498.2800 • TapocoLodge.com

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Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort, Inc. Showers, 30 sites, $12-$16. Cabins. 17548 Tapoco Rd. Robbinsville, NC 28771 828-498-2231 • 800-889-5550 dealsgap.com Snowbird Mountain Lodge A/C, private bath, no smoking, fireplaces, credit cards. 23 rooms. $210-$380. 4633 Santeetlah Rd. Robbinsville, NC 28771 828-479-3433 • 800-941-9290 snowbirdlodge.com Rivers Edge Treehouse Resort Six luxury treehouses, riverfront, covered parking, king beds, WiFi, refrigerators, microwave, TV, continental breakfast, grills. 195 Old U.S. 129 Robbinsville, NC 28771 828-735-2228 • riversedgetreehouses.com Jimbos Farm 53 Acre Mountain Retreat with one acre trout pond and mountain stream. 245 W Pinhook Robbinsville NC, 28771 954-781-6921 • spectrumrecording.net/ jimbosfarm.html Teresa’s Apartment Get-A-Ways Three bedrooms, full kitchen, WiFi. All the comforts of home. Near outdoor paradise. 39 Gordon Street Robbinsville, NC 28771 828-479-8247 • grahamcounty.net/tags/tags.htm Outdoor Activity

Tail of the Dragon Motorcycle & sport car information for Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner 28, Devils Triangle and more. 17555 Tapoco Road Robbinsville, NC 28771 828-479-8400 • 800-768-7129 tailofthedragon.com 94

Nantahala Byway The Cherokee used “Nantahala” to mean “Land of the Noonday Sun.” Why noonday? Well, likely for the steep walls that frame the Nantahala Gorge, an impressive site you’ll tour as part of this swirling byway. Nearby, the Nantahala River has become legendary for its whitewater. Just depart from Marble, head east and don’t stop until you pass Wesser. 43 miles • 1.5 hours Travels through Cherokee, Graham, Jackson and Swain counties. Cherohala Skyway Esquire magazine said “It’s like driving through a car commercial.” Connecting the Cherokee National Forest to the Nantahala National Forest, this clean, smooth highway encourages you to open up your sports car or pause your RV for a sandwich and the beautiful sights. And the skyway vs. byway bit? Once you drive it, you’ll understand. 20 miles • 45 minutes Indian Lakes Scenic Byway Where N.C. 28 meets U.S. 29, fans of crystalline lakes (especially those featuring Indian names) will find their calling. Just leave what’s known as “The Dragon” and discover the first landmark, Fontana Dam. From there, you’ll have a hard time watching the road as you pass the likes of Fontana Village and Stecoah on the way to the byway’s meandering end at the Tennessee border. 57 miles • 1.5 hours Travels through Swain, Graham and Cherokee counties. Snowbird (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round Picnic, restrooms, fishing.

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Fontana Lake, Photo Courtesy of the Bryson City/Swain County NC Chamber of Commerce.

Cheoah Point (Nantahala National Forest) Open April-Oct Camping, picnic, restroom, trailer space, drinking water, hiking trail, boat ramp, fishing, fee required. Horse Cove (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round In winter no water or fee, camping, restrooms, trailer space, drinking water, fishing, fee required Cheoah & Calderwood Lakes– Wilderness Lakes Each 7+ miles, boating, flat water kayaking, & canoeing. Harrison Ford jumped off Cheoah Dam in the movie, “The Fugitive.” Joyce Kilmer (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round Picnic, restroom, drinking water, hiking trail, information.

Cable Cove (Nantahala National Forest) Open April-Oct Camping, picnic, restrooms, trailer space, drinking water, boat ramp, fishing, fee required. Sassafras Falls Follow a 3.5-mile trail to wide, steep, multiple falls about 45 feet high. Tsali (Nantahala National Forest) Open April-Oct Off N.C. 28 past Bryson City, or if coming from Robbinsville N.C. 143 until you reach N.C. 28, go east. Entrance on north side of N.C. 28, well-marked. camping, picnic, trailer space, showers, drinking water, hiking trail, horse trail, bike trail, boat ramp, fishing, fee required.

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Rattler Ford Group Campground (Nantahala National Forest) Open mid-April – mid-Oct Showers, hiking trail, fishing, reservations required. ReserveUSA.com or 877.444.6777. Four campsite areas that accommodate around 25 persons each for tent camping. Yellow Creek Falls Travel U.S. 129 North of Robbinsville. Go two miles past the Yellow Creek Road intersection and the parking area and trailhead/sign will be on the right. Walk 0.33 miles to falls. Big Snowbird Trail 12.7 miles, difficult, fishing Trailhead: Big Snowbird Road. The first four miles are recommended for day hikes. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail 2 miles, easy Trailhead: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest parking lot. Joyce Kilmer Forest, the last remnant of virgin forest in the Southern Appalachians, offers a spectacular twomile loop trail. Maple Springs Observation Point 800 feet, easy, handicap accessible Trailhead: Maple Springs Observation Area. Maple Springs offers an unparalleled view of the Smokies, especially during the fall color season.

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Santeetlah Bike Trails 15 miles total, easy/moderate, bike trails Trailhead: Long Hungry Road and Carver Cemetery. Although riding the entire 15-mile trail might be too much for a beginner, short out-and-back sections from trailheads and the fourmile-long Hungry Loop will provide a good introduction to trail riding. The Connector Trail, a quarter mile section of technical single-track, is the perfect place for beginners and intermediate riders to practice your skills. You can access the Connector Trail from the Long Hungry Road and Carver Cemetery trailhead. Waterfall on Tellico River 0.5-mile trail to two large cascading waterfalls, separated by a short run, with an overall height of about 45 feet. Fontana Village & Tapoco Lodge Trails The individual trails vary widely in their width, steepness, and technical difficulty. Describing one distinct route here is impossible because this network of trails crisscrosses all around the properties totaling 27 & 31 miles respectively.

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Lake Santeetlah


Lake Santeetlah– Photo courtesy of T. Myler

Lake Santeetlah– Photo courtesy of Billy Buchanan

Visitor Information

Graham County Travel & Tourism Remote landscapes and outdoor adventure await. Stop by for maps and brochures to play or extend your stay! 387 Rodney Orr Bypass Robbinsville, NC 28771 828-479-3790 • 800-470-3790 grahamcountytravel.com

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Town of Robbinsville Robbinsville is the perfect destination for folks wanting outdoor adventure, beautiful lakes, and mountain culture. 4 Court St. Robbinsville, NC 28771 828-479-3250 • townofrobbinsville.com TVA Fontana Dam & Visitor’s Center Highest dam east of Rockies. The AT crosses over dam with showers, hikers call it the Fontana Hilton. 71 Fontana Dam Rd Fontana Dam, NC 28733 828-498-2234 • tva.com

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Connected by the Valley River, these two towns sit in the Southwest corner of North Carolina and offer outdoor adventures, wineries and charming mountain culture. Located at the confluence of the Hiwassee and Valley rivers, Murphy features plenty of water sports, fishing and boating activities and annual festivals. Up the road is Andrews, a rising small town and home to Hawkesdene; a luxury estate for weddings, reunions and retreats. Stop in the newly opened brewery, Hoppy Trout, for a delicious house-brewed beer and some brick-oven pizza.

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Agritourism

Brewery

Andrews Farmer’s Market Live music and community produce. 8am to noon from mid-June through mid-October. First Street at Hall Memorial Park. 828.321.5960 Cedar Valley Farmer’s Market Fresh produce, meats and handmade products. 10am to 2pm from April to October in the old L&N Depot in downtown. www.doylescedarhill.com/ farmers-market

Hoppy Trout Brewing Company Microbrewery, handmade Sicilian brick oven pizza, appetizers, salads. 911 Main Street Andrews 28901 828-835-2111 • hoppytroutbrewing.com Casino

Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel 1,200 slot machines, 30-40 gaming tables, 300 room hotel, food market. 777 Casino Pkwy Murphy, NC 28906 828-422-7777 • caesars.com/harrahscherokee-valley-river

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Cultural/Museums

John C. Campbell Folk School Since 1925. Offering courses in craft, music and dance. On-campus housing. Visitors welcome. One Folk School Rd. Brasstown, NC 28902 828-837-2775 • 800-365-5724 folkschool.org Andrews Art Museum Exhibits featuring local and regional artists. Corner of Chestnut and Third streets. Andrews 828.360.5071 • andrewsvalleyarts.com Cherokee County Historical Museum Artifacts and exhibits showcasing the regional and local history. 87 Peachtree Street, Murphy 828.837.6792 • cherokeecounty-nc.gov Dining

Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant 580 US Hwy 64 W. Murphy, NC 28906 828-837-9388 • captainds.com

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Hawkesdene House Luxury private mountain estate on 26-acres for groups. Destination weddings, family reunions, retreats, 17 bedrooms. 381 Phillips Creek Rd. Andrews, NC 28901 828-321-6027 • 800-447-9549 hawkesdene.com McGuires Millrace Farm Event, Wedding Venue. Conferences, Retreats. Seating for 230. Lodging: 6 rooms for 30 people capacity. 600 Hendrix Rd. Murphy, NC 28906 828-837-0015 • 888-774-0015 mcguiresmillracefarm.com Lodging

Hampton Inn-Murphy Complimentary breakfast, indoor pool, fitness center, hot tub. Rooms include WiFi, cable, refrigerator, microwave. 1550 Andrews Rd. Murphy, NC 28906 828-837-1628 • hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ north-carolina/hampton-innmurphy-MURNCHX/index.html

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Cherokee County Sunset– Photo Courtesy of Smoky Mountain News

CAMPGROUND Murphy/Peace Valley KOA Campground & Cabins Peaceful retreat in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Riverfront RV sites, deluxe cabins next to casino. Pets welcome. 117 Happy Valley Rd. Murphy, NC 28905 828-837-6223 • 800-562-9382 peacevalleycampground.com Outdoor Activity

Murphy River Walk and Canoe Trail Beautiful greenway follows the Valley River and the Hiwassee River surrounding the historic town enter of Murphy NC. The 2+ mile walking trail includes a center loop at the confluence of these two rivers on the backwaters of Lake Hiwassee. Whether you take the trail on foot or put in for an easy paddle along the canoe trails, you’ll enjoy the ecology and cultural heritage along the way. P.O. Box 1152 Murphy, NC 28906

Waterfall Byway Strangely powerful or eerily tranquil, waterfalls do have a way of casting a spell. If you happen to be a fan, this is your byway. Winding 98 miles and featuring more than 200 distinct waterfalls, it begins at U.S. 64’s intersection with N.C. 215. Where it ends is likely somewhere far deeper within you. 98 miles • 3.5 hours Travels through Cherokee, Clay, Jackson, Macon and Transylvania counties. Nantahala Byway The Cherokee used “Nantahala” to mean “Land of the Noonday Sun.” Why noonday? Well, likely for the steep walls that frame the Nantahala Gorge, an impressive site you’ll tour as part of this swirling byway. Nearby, the Nantahala River has become legendary for its whitewater. Just depart from Marble, head east and don’t stop until you pass Wesser. 43 miles • 1.5 hours Travels through Cherokee, Graham, Jackson and Swain counties.

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Cherokee Lake (Nantahala National Forest) Open year-round Picnic, restrooms, drinking water, handicap accessible, fishing. Hanging Dog (Nantahala National Forest) Open June-Oct Hiking, mountain biking, camping, picnic, restrooms, trailer space, drinking water, boat ramp, fee required. Real Estate

ERA Carolina Mountain Homes Experienced real estate since 1978. Great customer service, marketing and negotiating. Licensed in North Carolina and Georgia. 5530 US Hwy 64 W. Murphy, NC 28906 828-837-7322 • carolinamtnhome.com Sandra Daley–Coldwell Banker, Appalachian Mountain & Lake Properties Diamond Club Award Realtor in 3 states: NC, GA, TN. Also, vacation and long term rentals. 4290 US Hwy 64 W. Murphy, NC 28906 828-361-2423 •828-233-5562 coldwellbankermurphyncagent.com

Visitor Information

Andrews & Murphy Visitor Centers Visit us on our website for area information, event calendar, dining, shopping, things to do. 20 Tennessee St. Murphy, NC 28906 828-557-0602 • visitcherokeecountync.com Andrews Chamber of Commerce Come to Andrews. Annual Wagon Train, whitewater rafting, bike, hike, fish, and shop. Historic downtown. 345 Locust St. Andrews, NC 28901 828-321-3584 • andrewschamber.com Andrews Valley Initiative A living laboratory of sustainable futures. 1065 Main St. Andrews, NC 28901 828-644-3471 • andrewsvalley.org Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce On Hwy 64. Visit for resources in our area! Parking for cars and RVs. Pets welcome. 805 US Hwy 64 W. Murphy, NC 28906 828-837-2242 • cherokeecountychamber.com

Murphy River Walk– Photo Courtesy of Andrews & Murphy Visitor Centers


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Packed with mountain biking, hiking, boating, and fishing spots, Hayesville and greater Clay County embody the phrase “getting away from it all.” Spend a day on Lake Chatuge, and then head to town for museums, shops, restaurants and yearly festivals. While in the area, check out the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown for classes and live music, and the Goldhagen Glass Blowing Gallery in Hayesville for great souvenirs.

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Agritourism

Cultural/Museums

Brasstown’s Farmer’s Market Local produce, organic chicken, eggs. Open last Wednesday in May through last Wednesday in October. 9am to 1pm. 10956 Old Highway 64 828.360.2498 Mountain Valley Farmer’s Market Local farmers and growers, homemade baked goods and products. 8am to noon on Saturdays from May through October. Old Courthouse Square. 828.361.7261

Clay County Historical & Arts Council Museum Displays exhibiting the history, art and people of the area. 21 Davis Loop, Hayesville 828.389.6814 • clayhistoryarts.org John C. Campbell Folk School Since 1925.Offering courses in craft, music and dance.On-campus housing.Visitors welcome. One Folk School Rd. Brasstown, NC 28902 828-837-2775 • 800-365-5724 folkschool.org Goldhagen Studios See glassmaking by David Goldhagen at the studio gallery representing regional and national artist. 7 Goldhagen Studio Dr. Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-8847 • goldhagenartglass.com

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The Ridges Country Club Perfect destination get-away for golf, weddings & corporate events. Championship course, mountain vistas. 1665 Mountain Harbour Dr Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-9000 • theridgesgolfclub.com Lodging

Deerfield Inn All rooms overlook beautiful Lake Chatuge. Amenities include minifridge, microwave, WiFi, cable. Non-smoking. Pets welcome. 40 Chatuge Lane Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-8272 • deerfield-inn.com

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Hinton Center Retreat. Reflect. Renew. Hinton Center accommodations revenue helps fund healthy effective communities of faith. Pets welcome. 2330 Hinton Center Rd. Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-8336 • 866-389-8336 hintoncenter.org CAMPGROUND Sundowner RV Village RV, NC mountains, camping, Georgia, Lake Chatuge, park models, year round, spacious, shady sites, adults. 42 Sundowner Circle Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-3241 • sundownerrvvillage.net Outdoor Activity

Chunky Gal Stables Guided trail rides. Yearround fun. Excitement for all experience levels. National forest trails. 1306 Hot House Rd., Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-4175 • chunkygalstables.com

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Waterfall Byway Strangely powerful or eerily tranquil, waterfalls do have a way of casting a spell. If you happen to be a fan, this is your byway. Winding 98 miles and featuring more than 200 distinct waterfalls, it begins at U.S. 64’s intersection with N.C. 215. Where it ends is likely somewhere far deeper within you. 98 miles • 3.5 hours Travels through Cherokee, Clay, Jackson, Macon and Transylvania counties. Jackrabbit Mountain (Nantahala National Forest) Open May-Sep Camping, picnic, restroom, trailer space, trailer dump station, showers, drinking water, hiking, swimming, boat ramp, fishing, Amphitheater, fee required. Bob Allison Campground (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round Picnic, restrooms, drinking water, hiking trail.

Jackrabbit Mountain Trail 2.5 miles, easy, fishing Trailhead: Jackrabbit Recreation Area. Trail offers an excellent view of Lake Chatuge and provides lake fishing access as well. At Lake Chatuge get on N.C. 175, turn onto Jackrabbit Road, signed parking area on left. Fires Creek (Nantahala National Forest) Open year round Picnic, restrooms, horse trail, fishing. Fires Creek Area Trails 0.3–5.4 miles, easy/ moderate/difficult, horse trails, fishing Trailhead: Fires Creek Recreation Area. Offers a number of excellent trails, including a designated horseback trail and horse camp. Cover Loop is an easy 0.3-mile trail that is handicap accessible. Other popular foot trails include Leatherwood Loop Trail (0.7 mile), Leatherwood Branch Access (3.5 miles) and Cover Trail, which follows Fires Creek for approximately five miles.

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Real Estate

Sonja Silvers Realty Group We know market and mountains! Hayesville “On the Square”, serving Western North Carolina, Northeast Georgia. 57 Main St. Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-9488 • 888-834-3212 sonjasilversrealtygroup.com Theater

Peacock Performing Arts Center Beautiful concerts, arts, 250seat, musicals, education, theater, ballroom and providing classes, special plays, rentals, events. 301 Church St. Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-2787 • peacockplayhouse.org

Visitor Information

Clay County Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce and visitors center for information. 388 Business Hwy 64 Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-3704 • 877-389-3704 ncmtnchamber.com Clay County Communities Revitalization Association Walk the Quanassee Path, Cherokee History Trail, and hike/bike the 15 mile Jack Rabbit Trails. P. O. Box 1533 Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-2121 • cccra-nc.org Clay County Travel & Tourism visitwnc.org Find your adventure on Lake Chatuge, explore Fires Creek, Jack Rabbit Trails, vineyards, festivals, relax! 388 Business Hwy 64 Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-3704

Leatherwood Falls, photo credit Carina Woolrich, Advantage Chatuge Realty


Mountain bike at Jack Rabbit Trails • Learn & Shop at John C Campbell School • Fall Festival & Downtown Shops • Camp • Punkin Chunkin • Hike Fires Creek Trail • Cool Summer Nights • Music on the Square • Free Summer Concerts • Golf at Chatuge Shores • Drive Scenic Roads • Boating • Fishing • Paddle & Swim on Lake Chatuge • Fall Leaf Peeping • Motorsports • Hunting • Laughter & Cultural Enhancement at Licklock Players & Peacock Performing Arts Center • Wine Around the Square • Tour our Local Wineries

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Calderone Fine Art Gallery & Gifts Art, jewelry, sculpture, paintings, Indian, ceramics, wildlife, Cherokee baskets, nature, workshops, wood turnings, gifts, award winning! 3608 Hwy 246 Dillard, GA 30537 706-746-5540 • calderonegallery.com Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center Southern Appalachian collection: log cabins, artifacts, memories. Book series, national bestsellers. Located Black Rock Mountain. 98 Foxfire Lane Mountain City, GA 30562 706-746-5828 • foxfire.org

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Cupboard Cafe Deliciously Southern. Friendly, efficient service. Breakfast all day. One of a kind gift shop. 7388 Hwy 441 Dillard, GA 30537 706-746-5700 Hana Express Asian, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, American, sushi, hibachi, salads, wine, saki, beer, desserts. 596 Highway 441S Clayton, GA 30525 706-782-0136 Golf Course

Sky Valley Country Club Rabun’s only public par 72 championship course. Open daily year round with great golf rates. 568 Sky Valley Way #1 Sky Valley, GA 30537 706-746-5302 • Skyvalleycountryclub.com

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Lodging

River Vista RV Resort Five-star RV resort with cabin rentals, featuring large level sites and fully furnished cabins. Pets welcome. 960 Hwy 246 (GPS Location) 20 River Vista Dr. Dillard, GA 30537 706-746-2722 • 888-850-7275 rvmountainvillage.com

SHOJI SPA & LODGE 96 Avondale Heights Road, Asheville shojiretreats.com • 828.299.0999 Experience deep relaxation. Overnight accommodations, 26 massage therapists, private mountainside soaking tubs, sauna, cold plunge, 8 minutes from downtown, an unforgettable experience.

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General Service

Ridgetop Associates Consulting services in governmental affairs, economic development and management, lobbying; home-office in Franklin. PO Box 182 Linville Falls, NC 28647 828-273-0276 • ridgetopassociates.com

UGoTour, LLC UGoTour connects people, places and stories through our FREE mobile tour guide app. Download Today! www.ugotour.com Lodging

Shoji Spa and Lodge Accommodations, 26 massage therapists, private outdoor soaking tubs, sauna, minutes to Asheville. Unforgettable mountainside experience. 96 Avondale Hts. Rd. Asheville, NC 28803 828-299-0999 • shojiretreats.com

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Your source for exploring the heritage treasures of the North Carolina mountains and foothills. 195 Hemphill Knob Rd. Asheville, NC 28803 828-298-5330 • blueridgeheritage.com Blue Ridge Parkway Association Print and digital resources for your parkway journey. Lodging, maps, attractions and more. P.O. Box 2136 Asheville, NC 28802-2136 828-670-1924 • blueridgeparkway.org Blue Ridge Music Trails Your guide to traditional music of the NC mountains, trip tools, calendar, maps, videos. 195 Hemphill Knob Rd. Asheville, NC 28803 828-298-5330 • blueridgemusicnc.com

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Directory WHERE TO EAT BREWERY/WINE Evolution Wine Kitchen Heinzelmannchen Brewery Hoppy Trout Brewing Co. Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. Papou’s Wine Shop/Bar DINING Annie’s Cafe Asian King Buffet Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant Big Wesser BBQ & Brew Bogart’s Boiler Room Steakhouse Captain D’s Seafood Cataloochee Guest Ranch City Lights Cafe Cork and Cleaver Cupboard Cafe Dragon’s Den Pub & Grill Fat Buddies Ribs & Bbq-Franklin Fat Buddies Ribs & Bbq-Waynesville Fatz Café Fryemont Inn Gazebo Creekside Café Hana Express Harrah’s Casino Brio Chefs Stage Buffet Ruth’s Chris Steak Pizzeria UNO Express Noodle Bar Johnny Rockets Sela Garden Café Dunkin Donuts Harrah’s Casino Valley River Food Market Hazel P’s Lulu’s On Main Mad Batter Food & Film MountView Restaurant River’s End Restaurant Sakura Japanese Restaurant Stamey’s Cafe Tap Room Bar & Grill Tapoco River Grill The Pizza Factory The Swag The Village Bistro Wildwood Grill

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Country Cabins Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort Deerfield Inn Fairfield Inn & Suites Fire Mountain Inn, Cabins and Treehouses Fontana Village Resort Fryemont Inn Great Smoky Mountain Log Cabin Rentals Great Smokys Cabin Rentals Hampton Inn & SuitesCashiers-Sapphire Hampton Inn & SuitesCherokee Hampton Inn & Suites-Murphy Hinton Center Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jimbos Farm Laurelwood Inn Microtel Inn & SuitesBryson City Microtel Inn & Suites-Franklin Mitchell’s Lodge & Cottages Mountain Brook Lodge & Cottages Mountain Timber Frame Vacation Rentals Myers Snuggery Nantahala Cabins Nantahala Village Resort NOC Cabins Oak Hill Country Inn Bed and Breakfast Quality Inn Ramada Limited-Maggie Valley Rest in the Mountains of Franklin, Inc. Rivendell Vacation Rental Cabins Rivers Edge Treehouse Resort Rosewood Inn Shoji Spa & Lodge Sleep Inn Sleepy Hollow Mountain Cabins Smoky Mountain Cabins Smoky Mountain Getaways, Inc. Smoky Mountain Inn & Suites Snow Hill Inn Snowbird Mountain Lodge Stonebrook Lodge Tapoco Lodge Teresa’s Apartment Get-A-Ways The Swag Two Rivers Lodge Watershed Cabins Watershed Resort CAMPGROUNDS Adventure Trail Campground Country Woods RV Park Cullasaja River RV Park Downtown RV Park Franklin RV Park & Campground Holly Cove RV Park Mi Mountain Campground Moonshine Creek Campground Murphy/Peace Valley KOA Campground & Cabins Old Corundum Millsite Campground Pines RV Park & Cabins River Vista RV Resort Sundowner RV Village Yogi in the Smokies

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THINGS TO DO AGRITOURISM Boyd Mountain Christmas Trees J.W. Mitchell Farms Skyvue Ranch Alpacas Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Trees & Elf Village Wehrloom Honey AIRPORT Macon County Airport ARTS/CRAFTS/ANTIQUES Calderone Fine Art Gallery & Gifts Dogwood Crafters Goldhagen Studios Nestfeathers NC Mountain Made Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Uptown Gallery Whistle Stop Depot CASINO Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel CULTURAL/EDUCATIONAL Fly Fishing Museum TVA Fontana Dam Museum Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center Historic Cowee School John C. Campbell Folk School Macon County Historical Museum Museum of the Cherokee Indian Oconaluftee Indian Village

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Scottish Tartans Museum Smoky Mountain Train Museum Wheels Through Time Museum ECO-TOUR Cataloochee Valley Tours FAMILY ATTRACTIONS Andy’s Trout Farm Friends of Little Tennessee River Greenway Little Tennessee River Greenway Frog Quarters The Factory FISHING/HUNTING GUIDES Great Smoky Mountain Fish Camp & Safaris Rivers Edge Outfitters GEM MINES Gold City Gem Mine, Jewelry and Rock Shop Jackson Hole Trading Post Mason’s Ruby & Sapphire Mine Nantahala River Gem Mine Primitive Outback Rose Creek Mine GHOST TOUR Where Shadows Walk GOLF COURSES Franklin Golf Course Sequoyah National Golf Sky Valley Country Club The Golf Club at Mill Creek The Ridges Country Club The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa

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HORSEBACK RIDING Arrowmont Stables & Cabins Cataloochee Guest Ranch Chunky Gal Stables Nantahala Village Resort Smokemont Riding Stable RAFTING/KAYAKING/ CANOE/TUBING Brookside Rafting Carolina Outfitters Whitewater Rafting Great Smoky Mountain Fish Camp & Safaris Nantahala Outdoor Center NOC Paddling School Primitive Outback Rolling Thunder River Company Smoky Mountain River Adventures Wildwater Nantahala Gorge Adventure Center SNOW&SUMMER TUBING/ICE SKATING Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center TRAIN EXCURSION Great Smoky Mountains Railroad ZIP LINING Highlands Aerial Park Nantahala Outdoor Center Wildwater Nantahala Gorge Adventure Center SHOPPING A Stitch in Time Quilt Shop Christine’s Home Décor City Lights Bookstore Dalton’s Christian Bookstore Downtown Waynesville Association Friends of the Macon County Public Library Bookstore Gallery of Gems & Minerals Gem Factory Liberty Wood Products Mast General Store Mossy Rock Mountain Spring Spas & Pools Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop NOC Outfitter’s Store Providence Builders Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual Smoky Mountain Steel Horses Traditional Hands-Native American Jewelry Art Gallery Ruby City Gems Watauga Creek Furniture Wesser General Store WNC SportsZone THEATER Folkmoot USA Mad Batter Food & Film Peacock Performing Arts Center Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Unto These Hills…a retelling

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