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Hi folks! Welcome to Blue Ridge Mountain Life, an informative travel and outdoor adventure website for the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Blue Ridge Mountain Life was started in 2013 by mountain locals, Larry and Jenn Deane who live in Waynesville NC.

Larry and Jenn of Blue Ridge Mountain Life standing in front of blooming mountain laurel

Together they share tons of guides, photos and videos of their Blue Ridge Mountain adventures. These include town and cities, hiking, waterfalls, scenic drives, attractions, and more.

If you're looking to visit and learn more about the Blue Ridge Mountains and all the wonderful things to see and do, you've come to the right place!

Larry and Jenn not only give you the information you need but also share their own unique experience and expertise as mountain locals and well-known outdoor adventurists.

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Things to do in Boone NC

Boone NC

The Blue Ridge Mountains offer more than just breathtaking views and tons of outdoor adventure.  

They also offer many charming towns and vibrant mountains cities, each with its own unique charm and offerings. These towns and cities offer amazing restaurants, quaint downtowns, attractions, and things to do.

Not only are there wonderful towns, there are numerous state and national parks to explore as well, each offering hiking, waterfalls, camping, climbing, and more.

Our destination travel guides share our own personal experience, photos, and video from our visits to these amazing locations.

They highlight the best restaurants, hiking trails, waterfalls, things to do and we even share travel blogs about our visits.   

Best Waynesville NC Restaurants

Waynesville NC

Towns and Cities in the North Carolina Mountains

We live in Western NC, and more specifically near Waynesville and Maggie Valley. As Western NC locals, we love exploring nearby towns to see what they have to offer.  

Here are our all of our North Carolina town and city travel guides.  We not only live here, we explore here as well!

Towns and Cities In Georgia

We really enjoy exploring the nearby North Georgia Mountains as well.  They offer up wonderful small towns, wineries, waterfalls, hiking trails and more!

North Georgia is at the top of our list to explore even more,  so keep an eye out for new travel guides!

State and National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Blue Ridge Mountains have many different state and national parks that offer nearly unlimited outdoor recreation. 

Popular outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and camping.  

Here are our current travel guides for parks in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  


Looking Glass Falls

The Blue Ridge Mountains are full of hundreds of named waterfalls and thousands of smaller unnamed falls.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are often called the "Land of waterfalls" due to having one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls in the United States.

One of our favorite things to do is find and explore waterfalls.

So far, we've visited over 70, and have written up full travel guides for many Blue Ridge Mountain waterfalls. These guides all have photos and often videos as well.

Here are all of our waterfalls guides in alphabetical order.

Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains

There are thousands of miles of hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains and that includes trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  

These trails lead to incredible scenic views, historical locations, locations of geographical interest, and waterfalls.

We love hiking, and love being out on the trail in these mountains. We have been hiking for more than 20 years, and are considered hiking experts by many.  

The guides provide photos and personal information about our experience hiking each of the trails.  

Some of the trail guides even offer videos of our hikes on them.

Hiking Trails in NC

Hiking Trails in TN

Hiking Tips and Gear

Oboz Hiking Boots from the Front

While hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some great exercise, hiking can be a dangerous activity if you don't have the correct gear and supplies.

Hiking can also be very hard on these mountains as well, so be sure to always practice Leave No Trace.

To help you bring along the right gear, properly prepare for your hikes, and be safe when out on the trail, we have a number of hiking guides to help you.

Scenic Drives

Photo of Fall on the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway

One of the most popular ways to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is by taking a scenic drive through them.  

There are many different popular and gorgeous scenic drives, and we've travelled a number of them over the years.

Here are our travel guides on some of the most popular scenic drives in the Blue Ridge Mountains


Land of Oz Beech Mountain NC

Land of Oz - Beech Mountain NC

Everyone loves attractions, and the Blue Ridge Mountains have no shortage of them.

Blue Ridge Mountain attractions include national parks, mountain coasters, farms, historic locations, train rides, amusement parks, and so much more!

Here are our detailed guides on all the attractions we've visited during our Blue Ridge Mountain adventures.

Popular Videos on our YouTube Channel

Not only do we run a website, we also have a popular YouTube Channel as well.

On our Blue Ridge Mountain Life YouTube channel, we not only tell you about all the wonderful things to see and do here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, we bring you along with us.   

We go hiking, explore waterfalls, visit towns, attractions, parks, and enjoy some of the best restaurants these mountains have to offer.   

Be sure to join us on our YouTube channel!

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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