Evening Elk Eco-Tours
Cataloochee Valley Tours
5:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Call 828-450-7985 or
The tour lasts approximately 4 hours. If you are staying locally in Waynesville or Maggie Valley, your naturalist guide will pick you up at your hotel or inn, otherwise we arrange for a convenient meeting location.
This tour explores the natural and cultural history of Cataloochee Valley and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with an emphasis on the elk reintroduction.
Your guide will lead you on a 1/2 mile round-trip hike that requires crossing a narrow log footbridge over a creek. On this hike you will discover the how, when, where and why the elk were reintroduced to the Smokies. The trail is somewhat rocky, wide with a slight incline and sometimes wet. We recommend wearing comfortable closed toe shoes.
You will enjoy refreshments along with time for wildlife viewing and then capping the evening off with the sunset overlooking the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.
Tours operate rain or shine.
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Dillsboro 125th YEAR CELEBRATION
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Enjoy a great festival in celebration of Dillsboro's 125th year. Crafters participating will have wares depicting this time period including quilting, blacksmithing, gourds, papermaking, carving/whittling, embroidery, soap making, candle making, beekeeping, metal work, etc.
Birthday Celebration Train to Dillsboro!
On September 6, 2014, from 10am until 4pm, this historic mountain town of Dillsboro is celebrating their 125th anniversary in a big way! The Town of Dillsboro has gone all out to arrange entertainment, vendors, demonstrators, exhibits, children’s games, and touches of history. Not only do the merchants love the very idea of the town, but they love where they live, and want to show their support for the town’s history by providing demonstrations of old-time arts and crafts, and provide a look at the way of life in the past.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will be running a special celebration train September 6th, departing at 1pm and returning to Bryson City at 5:15pm. Passengers will enjoy the Tuckasegee River Excursion route and will arrive in Dillsboro at 2:15pm for a 2-hour layover.
Visitors will enjoy demonstrators in tents along Front Street (by the railroad tracks), sharing their skills—making baskets, leather products, pottery, corn shuck dolls, needle crafts, soap making, books, chair caning, spinning, candle making, herbs/teas, beekeeping, stained glass/jewelry, gourd art, and more. Catch the Spirit of Appalachia’s “Traditional Heritage Walk” will encircle the courtyard across from the vendors. This area will include nature and mural art, an apple butter exhibit, a “Wash Day of Old” exhibit, quilting on a rack, sewing on an 1866 peddle-sewing machine, and making crepe paper roses for decoration day. The Smoky Mountain Quilt Guild will line the front porch area with knitting, rug hooking, quilting, piecing, dolls, puzzles, chicken scratch quilting and a hand-crank sewing machine demonstration.
For More information visit: http://www.gsmr.com
7th Night Free
The 7th night of your stay is free in select cabins from our value-priced "Heritage Collection" of cabins. These units offer the same quality linens, meticulous housekeeping, and attentive customer service that you expect from Watershed, but have been priced very competitively for families on a budget. Use Coupon Code WVAL1231 when booking to apply the discount, if available.
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$99/night in our "Treehouse" Units
Book a weeknight in one of our 1-bedroom "Treehouse" units and the rent is only $99. 2 night minimum, and holidays as well as July and August are blacked out. Use Coupon Code "Treehouse99" when booking.
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Brand-New Folk School Catalog Has Arrived!
Adventure awaits you at the Folk School
The newest class catalog is here! The cover features a colorful quilt made by Julie Sibley. This quilt speaks of the joyful adventures and possibilities that await each Folk School student.
If you'd like to receive a Folk School catalog for the first time, please complete our online form. You can now browse and register for classes from July 2014 through June 2015.
North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains
Smoky Mountain Host is located in Western North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains. Smoky Mountain Host provides Western North Carolina travel guides, family travel activities, and attractions in Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties as well as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.
Plan your family vacation, romantic getaway, destination wedding, or a day in the wilderness with Smoky Mountain Host. You will find lodging that fits your style and budget, shops that sell everything from souvenirs to exquisite mountain crafts, and exciting outdoor adventures for everyone in the family.
Our Western North Carolina attractions include Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, The Factory, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Harrah's Casino, Oconaluftee Indian Village, John C. Campbell Folk School, Gem Mining, Golfing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Canoeing/Rafting, Snow Skiing, and Arts & Theatre. These are just a few of the adventures awaiting for you in Western North Carolina.
This website and our FREE travel guide provides information on Western North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and Waterfalls. Communities in Western North Carolina include Andrews, Asheville, Balsam, Brasstwon, Bryson City, Candler, Cashiers, Cherokee, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Fontana Dam, Franklin, Hayesville, Highlands, Maggie Valley, Murphy, Nantahala, Otto, Robbinsville, Scaly Mountain, Sylva, Waynesville, and Whittier.