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Mehaffey Tree Farm NC Christmas Trees

One of the advantages of living here in the mountains of western NC, is that we have a number of Christmas tree farms nearby.  We have three within 5 minutes of our home.The closest being Mehaffey Tree Farm, located on Hemphill road in Waynesville, NC.   They aren’t the largest farm on Hemphill (that’s a good thing), and you can’t […]

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Fall Colors Soco Falls

Soco Falls

Soco Falls is a hidden gem, that many people drive right by, not evening knowing that it’s there.  This stunning double waterfall is located between Cherokee NC and Maggie Valley NC along Highway 19.    The twin waterfalls are gorgeous, and offer a number of smaller waterfalls both above and below the main falls to […]

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Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is one of the highest points east of the Mississippi at 6,643 and the tallest mountain in Tennessee.   Clingmans Dome is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the incredible 360 degree view from the observation tower at the top. The Clingmans Dome […]

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Mingus Mill


Mingus Mill is a historic and active Mill, located just a short distance past the Oconaluftee Visitors center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Both the mill itself and the land surrounding the mill are beautiful.  The mill is a popular stop for people traveling through the park, and especially for photographers. The mill […]

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Best Family Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There are more than 800 miles of trails and unpaved roads to explore in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   There are so many trails, that choosing which one’s to hike can be a bit overwhelming. We’ve hiked many of them, and have also talked with many different hikers that frequent the park.   […]

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Wildcat Falls NC

Wildcat Falls is located in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.  The falls are a short hike from Highway 215 and close to The Blue Ridge Parkway.  Wildcat falls is 50-60 feet high, easy to get to, family friendly and has a unique old concrete logging bridge that runs over top of it.  Definitely a […]

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Dill Falls NC

Dill Falls NC, located in Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina and is a real hidden gem and “off the beaten path”.  The falls are located just a short half mile hike from the parking area, and the drive to the falls from NC Highway 215 is really nice, especially in the fall.  From the […]

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25 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in the Blue Ridge

Fall foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of the most beautiful fall displays in the world.   The Blue Ridge of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia are often on the top of “best places to see fall colors” lists, like this one on Mashable.  For peak leaf times, visit our Fall Foliage Forecast & […]

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Pretty Hollow Gap Trail – Cataloochee Valley

Our first hiking trip in Cataloochee Valley was out Pretty Hollow Gap Trail.  Pretty Hollow Gap Trail is a 8 mile round trip out and back trail, that follows along side Palmer Creek and Pretty Hollow Creek to Pretty Hollow Gap, where the trail ends and runs into Mount Sterling Ridge Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail, […]

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Rough Fork Trail – Cataloochee Valley

After our long  7.4 mile hike along Boogerman Trail a week ago, we were looking for something a little more relaxing and easier for this weekend.  We elected to head back to Cataloochee Valley and hike up the two mile roundtrip Rough Fork trail to the Woody house.  Turned out to be a really nice […]

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