Smoky Mountain Hiking
Appalachian Trail: North
Carolina’s section of the two thousand mile
long Appalachian Trail (AT) is arguably
among the most scenic, rising and falling
along the spine of the Blue Ridge and
through the heart of the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park.
The NC section of
the trail offers diverse opportunities for
both novice hikers and serious climbers. You
can access the trail at Wesser in the
Nantahala Gorge, Fontana Dam, Newfound Gap,
and at Clingmans Dome in the GSMNP.
Deep Creek: Around 2 miles of
fairly easy walking will acquaint you with
beautiful Deep Creek and three beautiful
waterfalls. Deep Creek area has 3 loop hikes
including Juney Whank Falls (0.6 mile),
Three Waterfalls Loop (2.4 miles), and Deep
Creek-Indian Creek Loop (4.4 miles). For the
more adventurous longer hikes are also
possible. Trails to the waterfalls start
from the large parking area at the end of
Deep Creek Road. (Map
of Deep Creek Trails. PD
Smoky National Park:
The Great Smoky Mountains
National Park has over 800 miles of trail
and more than 500,000 acres of land which
provides opportunities for walking and
hiking. Much of the Much of the best things
in the park and nature can not be seen from
your car. Wildflowers, cascading streams,
waterfalls, the scent of evergreens, and the
sounds of birds and other wildlife just
can't be appreciated at 30 miles per hour.
Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley,
North Carolina: Nestled in the Great Smoky
Mountains with breathtaking views of the
surrounding peaks. Smooth, gentle slopes
like Easy Way and Rabbit Hill gives
beginners the space they need to learn the
basics and practice their skills.
Intermediate skiers and snowboarders find
plenty of action on Rock Island Run and
Lower Omigosh, while seasoned experts can
face the steep slope found on Upper Omigosh.
Snowboarders looking for a thrill find the
Cat Cage Terrain Park delivers with ramps,
rails and boxes.
Deep Creek: For years, generations
of fun-loving vacationers have been coming
back to Deep Creek to experience the thrill
of riding an inner tube down the rapids of
this Smoky Mountain stream. The one-mile
stretch of water in the Smoky National Park
set aside for tubing is divided into two
sections, the upper section is narrower and
offers the most white water and the lower
section is wider and a bit calmer. It's
perfect for younger kids and
Go swimming between the two sections. You'll
find one of the best natural swimming holes
in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Tuckasegee River: The lower
Tuckasegee River Gorge is a family-friendly
scenic river trip with Class I/II rapids.
The Tuckasegee River is part of the
Little Tennessee River Valley, its water
eventually flows into the Mississippi River
and on down to the Gulf of Mexico. Located
in the western part of NC flowing through a
scenic mountain valley and several quaint
Enjoy Rafting, Tubing, Kayaking and
Canoeing on the Tuck just 3 miles North of
Dillsboro on hwy 74 & 441.
Whether you are fly fishing for native
brook trout in a cold mountain stream,
smallmouth or largemouth bass in beautiful
Fontana Lake or rainbow or brown trout in
one of the many stocked streams, the area
around Bryson City, Cherokee, Fontana, Sylva
hosts some of the most diverse fishing
habitats in the world.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and
the Nantahala National Forest offer hundreds
of miles of spectacularly clear streams.
Just a few minutes from Bryson City, the
sparkling waters of Deep Creek are ripe for
fly fishing, and many anglers enjoy the
Nantahala River just west of town.
The Cherokee Indian Reservation also offers
a variety of fishing opportunities for the
trout fisherman with regularly stocked
streams and three trout ponds.
Fontana Lake boasts one of the most diverse
fish populations anywhere in the country.
With depths of over 400 feet, many northern
fish such as walleye, muskie and smallmouth
bass are among favorites of local fishermen.
Smoky Mountain Country Club:
Surrounded by 5,000 foot Appalachian peaks,
from valley floors to mountaintops, Smoky
Mountain Country Club is one of the most
unique and scenic 18 hole golf courses you
will ever play.
The golf course will supersede your
expectations of a mountain golf course. The
Smoky Mountain Country Club is a true
mountain course with almost 400 feet of
elevation change. Panoramic views surround
you at all times on our golf course.
Smoky Mountain national
Guided horseback rides are
available at four concession horseback
riding stables in the park from mid-March
through late November. Rides on scenic park
trails are offered lasting from 45 minutes
to several hours. All rides proceed at a
walking pace. Rates are from $20-$25 per
hour. Weight limits and age restrictions may
apply. Please call the stable you are
interested in for additional information.
Cades Cove, near Townsend, TN (865)
(also offers hayrides and carriage
Smokemont, near Cherokee, NC (828)
(also offers wagon rides)
Smoky Mountain, near Gatlinburg, TN
Sugarlands, near Gatlinburg, TN
Deep Creek Lake Horseback Riding Stables:
Guided trail rides are private with your own
guide. The trail winds into a hillside,
through some wooded areas and around open
fields and old apple orchards here on our
family farm - the terrain is varied and
offers some nice views.
Cataloochee Ranch: Enjoy hosts of
wildflowers, mile-high vistas, lush forests,
or the cool quietness of rhododendron
tunnels as you ride through Cataloochee
Ranch or surrounding Great Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountain National Park: Ridge
upon ridge of forest straddles the border
between North Carolina and Tennessee in
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World
renowned for its diversity of plant and
animal life, the beauty of its ancient
mountains, and the quality of its remnants
of Southern Appalachian mountain culture,
this is America’s most visited national
Blue Ridge Parkway: Don't even
think about getting on the Parkway if you're
in a hurry. A drive down the Blue Ridge
Parkway is slow paced and relaxing. Almost
all of the overlooks or trails will reveal
much of the natural and cultural history
here. You'll also find yourself stopping a
lot along the way.
The Blue ridge Parkway winds for 469.1
miles from Shenandoah National Park's
Skyline Drive in Virginia to U.S. 441 at
Oconaluftee in the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park just outside Cherokee, NC.
Cherohala Skyway: The Cherohala
Skyway was completed in 1996 after being
under construction for some thirty-four
years. Winding up and over 5,400 foot
mountains for 15 miles in North Carolina and
descending another 21 miles into the deeply
forested backcountry of Tennessee. The road
crosses through the Cherokee and Nantahala
National Forests thus the name "Chero...hala".
There is little evidence of civilization
from views that rival or surpass any from
the Blue Ridge Parkway.
This mile-high ride is always a new and
North Carolina is a state that is rich in
many different types of gemstones. Some of
the gems that can be found in the Franklin ,
Cherokee, Bryson City, Nantahala area
include Amethyst, Aquamarine, Almandite
Garnet, Beryl, Clear Quartz, Cyanite,
Diamond, Emerald, Hiddenite, Ruby, Sapphire
and Smoky Quartz.
There are several gem mines located 30 -
40 minutes away from the cabin.
This part of North Carolina is home to
some of the best whitewater rafting in then
Smokey Mountains. You are close to the
Nantahala, Ocoee and Cheoah Rivers. No
matter your skill level, we have a river for
Experience the thrill of the rushing water,
enjoy the beauty of North Carolina mountains
and rivers and create memories that will
last a lifetime.
Tsali Recreation Area has long been a top
destination for mountain biking in Western
North Carolina, and even the entire eastern
US. Containing nearly 40 miles of trails in
a system with four excellent loops, it has
been rated as one of the top 10 places to
ride in the USA.
The area is
located on a hilly peninsula reaching into
beautiful Fontana Lake, at the base of the
Great Smoky Mountains. The four long main
trails at Tsali wind along the lake shore
and onto the wooded, steep interior ridges.
The trails are fast, hardpacked and they're
extremely well designed and well used.
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