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Fall at Abrams Falls

Abrams Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Abrams Falls, located in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,  is one of the most popular waterfalls and hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   This trail is to the falls is heavily trafficked, accessible year around, and moderate in difficulty. Hike DetailsLocation:Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National […]

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Schoolhouse Falls NC

Schoolhouse Falls NC – Panthertown Valley


Schoolhouse Falls is a beautiful waterfall located in the lush forests of Panthertown Valley NC.    There are a number of waterfalls in Panthertown, but Schoolhouse Falls is the most popular destination due to the short and moderate hike, and coupled with the fact Schoolhouse Falls is also a popular swimming hole as well. Hike […]

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Little Cataloochee Baptist Church

Little Cataloochee Trail

! Roads to Cataloochee Valley  Closing 2/10 – 5/201/29/2020 – NC DOT has announced that both Cades Cove Rd, and Mt Sterling Road (284) from Big Creek into Cataloochee Valley will both be closed.  This effectively closes Cataloochee Valley to vehicle, bike or horse traffic.   You can still get in, but you have to […]

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Buzzard's Roost North Carolina

Buzzard’s Roost North Carolina

Buzzard Roost is an unofficial scenic overlooked, located in the Harmon Den area of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.   The overlook provides very high elevation and scenic views of “the gorge” area of I-40.  Hike DetailsLocation:Harmon Den, NCRoundtrip Distance:1/8 mileDifficulty:StrenuousHandicap Accessible:NoDog Friendly:Dogs are allowed, but not recommendedFeatures:Scenic Views, nice backroads driveDirections:Take the […]

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Fall Branch Falls, Harmon Den NC

Little Fall Branch Falls – Harmon Den NC

10s of thousands of people have driven through Harmon Den off I-40 in North Carolina, on their way up to Max Patch.   The area is very scenic and beautiful, but what many don’t realize is that just a short drive and hike off Harmon Den Rd is a beautiful waterfall, called Little Fall Branch […]

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Lake Junaluska NC

Lake Junaluska is a beautiful lake and community, located just outside of Waynesville NC and near Maggie Valley NC.   The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center has 200 acre lake that is surrounded by 1200 acres, full of things to do, see, and places to stay.  Lake Junaluska is also located right next to the […]

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Sam's Knob and Flat Laurel Creek Trail

Sam’s Knob to Flat Laurel Creek Trail Loop Hike

Not far to the west of the popular Graveyard Fields area, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a relatively unknown gem, Flat Laurel Creek Valley, and Flat Laurel Creek Trail.  This wonderful hike will take you through dense forest, scenic meadows, and alongside beautiful creeks. Hike DetailsLocation:In Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, off the Blue […]

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A Vanderbilt House Party

2019 – A Vanderbilt House Party Exhibit

Biltmore’s 5th Clothing Exhibition, a Vanderbilt House Party, runs February 8 and  through May 27, 2019.  Elegant fashions worn by the Vanderbilts recreated by Oscar-winning designer John Bright will fill the grand rooms of Biltmore House when Biltmore’s newest exhibition.This is the first time reproductions of clothing from the Vanderbilts’ very own wardrobes are displayed […]

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Winter Hiking

Top Winter Hiking Trails

Winter Hiking provides a unique hiking experience that you can’t get any other time of the year.   The benefits of Winter Hiking include:Better viewsNo bugs, and limited wildlife (if you prefer not to see any)Cooler temperatures and no humidityFewer hikersPossible Snow!While some of you may disagree on the enjoyment of the last one, hiking […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway – Top 22 Best Stops for Fall Color

Fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway is an event that everyone should see.  The mixture of vibrant colors with some of the most beautiful scenic vistas in the world, is truly magical.   Below are 22 of the best stops along the Parkway to see Fall Color.  Of course there are numerous other wonderful spots […]

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