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Archive for November 2016

Waynesville Shopping & Dining


Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waynesville is the oldest town in Haywood County and a great place to shop and dine. Unique shops line main street where you’ll find the reknowned Mast General Store offering fashions, comfortable footwear, outdoor and travel gear, rocking chairs and over 500 old-fashioned candies. Waynesville offers arts… Read more »

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Highlands Shopping & Dining

If you’re looking for upscale dining, Highlands offers everything from coffee shops, casual dining (indoors and outdoors) to gourmet dining with great wine selections. SeeTrip Advisor’s list of top dining picks, based on traveler reviews, several of which are award-winning. It’s also a great place to shop. The quaint Main Street is home to unique… Read more »

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Franklin Shopping & Dining

Start by exploring the local shops and restaurants using this local guide. Franklin offers a wide range of restaurants, eateries and fast foods but none stay open very late depending on the time of year. Trip Advisor lists 70 restaurants for Franklin. Check them out along with traveler reviews here. See also the top picks… Read more »

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Lake Nantahala (Fishing & Boating)

Nantahala National Forest

Lake Nantahala is one of the most pristine lakes in North Carolina. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in Macon County, the Lake has a surface area of 1,605 acres; sits at over 3,000 feet above sea level and boasts over 20 miles of shoreline. About half of the lake sits within the Nantahala National… Read more »

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Scenic Drives

There are three recommended Franklin trips including the Scenic Highway 64 to Lake Lure. Along this roadway, you will see beautiful waterfalls, such as Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and Cullasaja Falls. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers more than half a million acres, making it the largest national park in the East. A scenic… Read more »

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Where Shadows Walk

Haunted history walking tours begin at the gazebo on Franklin’s town square on main street each Friday and Saturday evening (Thursdays also in June, July and August). Special late night ghost tours and in-house tours are also available. Check website for recommendations regarding suitability for children.

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There are 16 scenic waterfalls in Southwestern North Carolina, including areas of the Nantahala National Forest, Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Be sure to check out Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls just outside of Highlands. Click here for a list of waterfalls, including a map and guide. Or, click… Read more »

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Gem Mining

This is a popular activity, particularly with children. Most gem mines operate from early Spring through late Fall. Be sure to wear old clothes. For a list of locations and gem mining map, click here. Dating back to before 1897, Mason’s Ruby & Sapphire Mine is one of the most popular “dig your own” gem… Read more »

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Skiing, Snow Boarding and Snow Tubing

Catalooche Ski Area

Cataloochi Ski Area is the closest ski resort (just over 50 miles away) in Maggie Valley. It offers 50 skiable acres for beginners, intermediates and expert skiers. The season begins in late Oct/early November through to March each year. You can rent equipment and there’s a shop too. The resort also offers Tube World four miles… Read more »

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Whitewater Rafting, Canoeing & Tubing

White water rafting or kayaking are available on the famous Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers. Other area streams include the Little Tennessee River and Tuckaseegee River, both of which are perfect for Canoeing & Tubing. Learn more here.

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