Category Archives for Attractions

Flowering Bridge at Lake Lure

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge opened in October of 2013.  The old bridge across the river and into Chimney Rock Village was replaced with a new bridge.  Instead of tearing down the old bridge, they turned it into a Flowering Bridge, literally! The old bridge and surrounding areas where the old road used to go […]

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Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park, just outside of Lake Lure, and only 30 minutes southeast of Asheville, NC is an absolutely gorgeous and historic park that includes: incredible scenic vistas, one of tallest waterfalls in NC, hiking trails, events, activities and of course the incredible 315-foot tall Chimney Rock. UPDATE: 12/4/2017 – Chimney Rock has completed repairs on […]

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Linn Cove Viaduct

Linn Cove Viaduct Blue Ridge Parkway

In 1987, the last section of the Blue Ridge Parkway was completed.  The section was unique, as it was a 1,243-foot sectional concrete bridge, that wraps around a part of Grandfather Mountain, and cost $10 million dollars to complete.  The section was named Linn Cove Viaduct, and is one of the most unique and popular attractions […]

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Elkmont – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Elkmont Tennessee was established in 1908 by the Little River Lumber Company, as the base for it’s logging operations in the Little River and Jake’s Creek areas.  The first permanent residents of what is now known as Elkmont, settled in the Jakes Creek area in the 1840s.  The majority of residents began building homesteads around […]

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Fontana Dam

Fontana Dam is a very popular attraction, located near Bryson City in Western North Carolina.  Fontana Lake was formed between 1942 and 1945 when the Little Tennessee River was impounded by the formation and construction of the Dam.  Fontana Dam is the highest dam east of the Rocky Mountains at 480 feet tall and 2,365 feet across. Chimney […]

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Fontana Lake North Carolina

Fontana Lake an absolutely beautiful lake, nestled in between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.  The lake forms the southern border of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is also the largest lake located in Western North Carolina, providing more than 10,000 acres of recreational water surface. Chimney […]

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Midnight Hole - Big Creek

Big Creek Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is full of numerous creeks, both big and small.  Frankly, it’s difficult to find a hiking trail in the smokies that doesn’t run near a beautiful creek.   Big Creek is one of those many creeks, and as it’s name implies, is one of the larger creeks in park […]

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Lake Fontana as seen from The Road To Nowhere

Road to Nowhere Bryson City NC

Located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just outside of Bryson City, NC is a road, that literally goes to nowhere.  No, we’re not kidding, you follow the road for about 8 miles from Bryson City into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The road continues until you get to a tunnel, and then, it just […]

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Way Back When Dinner at Cataloochee Ranch

This past Friday evening, we packed into our SUV with our two younger kids, and headed up the steep and curvy Fie Top Road in Maggie Valley, NC to Cataloochee Guest Ranch.  We were invited by the ranch to attend their “Way Back When Dinner”.  Cataloochee Guest Ranch is located at the top of Fie Top Mountain, […]

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Ripley’s Aquarium Gatlinburg TN

During spring break, we decided to head over to Gatlinburg TN and take the kids to Ripley’s Aquarium.  The last time we visited was a few year ago, and we had heard they had added a few new attractions, including a Penguin area. The aquarium is a beautiful place, with lots to see and do […]

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