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The Blue Ridge Mountains  are full of things to do, and places to see. Our comprehensive guides will provide you all of the information you need to know about the various travel destinations in The Blue Ridge Mountains.

The guides include History, photos, videos, directions, closure information, travel tips and more! Even better? We live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC, and we'll share tips with you that only the "locals" know.

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Asheville NC is one the coolest cities in the United States, and in particular on the East Coast.    Asheville is literally a city in the mountains and surrounded by

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Biltmore Estate is one of the most popular attractions in Asheville and Western NC, and for good reason.  This 8,000-acre estate will take you on a fairy tale adventure, back

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The beautiful and majestic Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the larger Appalachian Mountain Range. They run from Northern Georgia to Southwest Pennsylvania. The majority of the mountain range is

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Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of the most popular and enjoyable outdoor activities you can do when visiting.If you're looking for an outdoor adventure that combines breathtaking

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Cades Code, Great Smoky Mountains National ParkCades Cove is a historic section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, that is very popular throughout the year for many reasons:There is

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Cataloochee Valley is a remote and scenic historic settlement, located in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It is located in the southeastern section of the park, on the North

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More than two hundred years ago, in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, one could often hear the haunting sounds of Eastern Bull Elk, as their territorial bugle sounds

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Tens of thousands of people visit the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and North Georgia each year to see the beautiful Fall Colors and foliage. The Blue

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 Graveyard Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of our favorite locations to enjoy waterfalls, beautiful (and unique) scenery, and also to hike.  We love the area and trails, and

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) was chartered in 1934 and runs along the ridges and mountains of the Smoky Mountains on the border between Tennessee and North Carolina.

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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

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Lake Lure NC is a town that is literally built around a lake, nestled in the steep rocky cliffs of Hickory Nut Gorge area of NC, and south of the

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Maggie Valley NC is a small and friendly mountain town in Western North Carolina.   Maggie Valley has been a popular mountain vacation destination for families for years, and that

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The Oconaluftee visitor center is located on Highway 441 on the east side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Cherokee.  Shortly before the visitor center, is the end

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Pisgah National Forest consists of more than 500,000 acres of forest land across Western North Carolina.  Pisgah National Forest, established on October 7, 1916 contains beautiful, remote, and rugged terrain

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Facebook X Pinterest LinkedIn There has been a lot of talk recently on various Facebook groups and in the news about the amount of bear activity in The Great Smoky Mountains

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.  The Parkway travels for 469 Miles from The Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the

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If you're a Waterfall lover, the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia, and Tennessee contain thousands of waterfalls, with hundreds of them being fairly easy to access

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The Blue Ridge Mountains have a unique way of calling us and drawing us in, and this includes everyone.  The majestic power and beauty of waterfalls in these mountains have

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About the author

Larry Deane is co-owner of Blue Ridge Mountain Life. He has spent more than 20 years exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and has a deep passion for nature, history, storytelling, and adventure. Along with his wife Jenn, they combined these passions to create Blue Ridge Mountain Life, a travel guide to these stunning mountains they are fortunate to call home.

Larry has more than 20 years of experience as a writer and journalist, and has established himself as a leading voice and expert for Blue Ridge Mountains. He is also an avid hiker, photographer, and videographer. He loves sharing his mountain adventures and knowledge with more than 500,000 people per month on Blue Ridge Mountain Life.

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